I have a three week digital plan laid out for my training camp here in Gunnison. The first week was fairly low intensity, heading to what looked like a low key road race outside of Denver, then a week of harder more balanced triathlon training and a week of taper leading into Tahoe. Or at least, this was the first draft of my ideal plan. However, when uncontrollables start to interrupt an ideal plan it is very important to include one other quality – flexibility. That will be the new buzz word of the 2006 Tahoe Preparation Plan. Flexibility.
The first surprise of this camp came shortly after I picked up my rental car to drive to Parker which is just outside of Denver. I was super late getting out of Gunnison and had not picked up the car until 6:30 pm and by the time I packed it and was out the door it was after 7:00pm. I had somewhere between three and four hours to get there. Yuck. I found a good radio station and hit the road just as it was getting dark and resigned myself to a long non-stop mission to my homestay i for the Parker Omnium Road Race.
It is amazing to me how sometimes you know before it happens what is going to happen. It was dark and I was in the middle of a giant stretch of open space. I thought to myself, “What would I do if I broke down here?” I considered that I had a road bike in the back seat so if it were absolutely necessary to get somewhere from nowhere I could ride there. I guess that gave me some comfort to know that.
I bet it was only 15 minutes later that the engine light came on in my rental vehicle and all of a sudden I was coming to a stop. The engine was in the red for the temperature gauge and the check engine light came on. I was in the middle of I-dunno-where and no-cell-service-here. Plus it was freezing cold out, not a nice night for a bike ride on the side of a very dark highway with no shoulder and lots of large vehicles. I can add to that dilemma that I left the house with less than a bar of cell charge to start with and roaming drains the battery pretty heavily. My worst nightmare was playing itself out…