A few weekends ago, I did the Peterborough Subaru swim/bike. I had a terrific swim, but after that things didn’t go exactly as planned. It was pouring rain all morning and when I got on the bike it was really wet. About 10 minutes into the bike I was taking a turn and my back tire slid out from under me and I was down. My first fall in a race. Well this drove home 2 important lessons.
First, bike maintenance is essential for a good race, but more importantly to stay healthy. Ayesha had been telling me to change my bald back tire for weeks, but I just kept putting it off (the trainer really chews up the back tire fast). Fortunately for me I only suffered some road rash and bruises, but it could have been worse. A broken bone and all my Ironman training would all be for not.
Second, it is important to train in all race conditions because you never know what race day will bring you. It you have no experience riding in the rain and it rains on race day it could be disastrous.
Don’t neglect you bike maintenance and train in all race conditions and you’ll be more likely to stay all both wheels during race day.