Yesterday after my ride I thought–but did not have time to post:
This is the first day I’ve tried to push it a little bit, being aggressive on hills and hammering the flats. It felt great while I was out there, but now I am really whipped. I’m wondering if I’m more out of shape than usual, just low on the right kind of energy reserves, or what. I’m afraid I am going to fall asleep in class tonight, and I’m teaching the class. I better think up some interesting stuff to say to keep myself awake.
This morning on the way out to do errands I casually inspected my bike as I walked past it in the garage. The left rear brake pad was on the rim! Well, that explains a lot about my feeling of exhaustion. It sets me a challenge, though, as a would-be zen mechanic. I am supposed to be at one with the machine. Why did I not perceive the source of the drag? Why was I so focused on a possible malfunction of my own inner mechanics that I never considered the mechanical systems of the bike? I need a sensibility tuneup.