Parr8hed Posted June 28, 2018 Share #1 Posted June 28, 2018 Storms came ripping through Louisville Tuesday. This made me uneasy. But local crews and the Short Track staff worked hard to clear trees and get the course ready to race Wens night. This made me happy and proud. Griffin was ready to go. He was hydrated since he is my kid and it was going to be hot. The kid that he placed second to last week was not going to be there this week. This made me feel optimistic. Griffin warmed up. He came up to me panicked with about 10 min before the race with a flat front tire. This made me feel pressure. I didn't have a 26" spare tube. This made me feel like a failure. The LBS sponsoring the event didn't have one either, but they did have a 650b tube. This made me feel relieved. I knew it wasn't perfect, but it might work for someone as light as Griffin for only a 20 min race. The LBS wrench was a true pro. We teamed up and had the tube replaced in a matter of minutes. We both went through the tire to ensure that there was nothing in it to cause another flat. This made me feel relief. Griffin lined up. About 1 minute before the start G panicked. He had another front flat. This made me feel very sad. I knew that his race was over. LBS guy was nowhere to be found. No more tubes. One minute until start. I remembered LBS guy saying there was slow leak in the old tube. This made me feel slightly optimistic. I grabbed the bike and had the wheel and tire apart in seconds. I whipped out the tube and put the old one back in. I checked the wheel and rim tape as carefully as I could to ensure that IT was not causing the leaks. Good to go. I put as much pressure as I could in it hoping to get 20 min out of it. Would it hold? This made me feel nervous and optimistic. G started well. I was worried the whole time. I had good reason to be. It barely lasted the first lap. G's first DNF. He was distraught. Trying to to cry as he crossed the line. This made me feel horrible. What does a dad do in this circumstance? I just hugged him and told him that we would get it fixed for the next race. Then I took him out for pizza. After a few hours he was fine. So that was my parenting fail. I will have a spare tube for that bike next time. 1 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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