Snappy, Snappy: Not a Sound You Want To Hear From Your Bike

>> Tuesday, March 03, 2009

I got home from work this afternoon and hoped on my bike. I wanted to do back-to-back Spinnervals workouts (the “Tempo” workout, and then the “Intervals” workout). The Tempo workout has 8 longer, sustained intervals, and the Intervals workout has 12 short, speedy intervals. All was going along spinningly...

...until my second-to-last interval. I hunkered-down into my aero bars at the start of that interval. My left “aero pad” shifted down a little under the pressure. I grabbed it to pull it back up, and it snapped right in half with a big CRACK.

Here’s me holding the broken piece that still has the pad attached to the part that broke off:

So I finished my last 2 intervals (OFF the aero bars), and cooled down. When I went to make a Totino’s Pizza after my workout, it looked like this as it came out of the box:

That HUGE hole means it was no longer sealed for freshness. And quite possibly poisoned. So I had to throw it away.

Let’s recap:

- I broke my brand new bike.
- My pizza was broken.

After this current streak of bad luck with regards to breaking things, I figured the best thing to do was to go trim my pubes. JUST KIDDING!! That would have spelled D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R!!!! The morning news would have had this as its top story: “Local man bleeds to death through penis after horrible man-scaping accident.”

Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow (Wednesday) to see the rules for the “Tales of a Virgin Athlete” contest that I’m hosting. EVERYONE is welcome to participate, and I’ll be giving away $450 in prizes!! Ya’ll come back now, ya hear?!


akshaye 8:40 PM, March 03, 2009  

Heck.. that is crazy. The bike I mean. No warranty for that?

Steve Stenzel 8:41 PM, March 03, 2009  

It should still be covered. I've had it for just over 2 weeks...

Bill 8:58 PM, March 03, 2009  

Better the living room than on the road.

Buck up, the day can only get better after those two incidents. ;^)

Maria 8:59 PM, March 03, 2009  

sorry to hear about your bike and your pizza...i'm not gonna lie, i'd probably be more upset about the pizza!
hope tomorrow is a better day!

Michelle 9:03 PM, March 03, 2009  

Your pizza was broken???

Oh my!!!

Please be careful eating pizza!!!

Damn that bike!!!

Alisa 9:05 PM, March 03, 2009  

Sad! It better be covered by warranty, it's like brand new!

I agree with Maria though, I'd probably be more pissed about the pizza. =)

Tomorrow is another day!

holly 9:12 PM, March 03, 2009  

Hey - maybe someone will send you free aerobars! Your luck seems to be going that way these days :)

RunningLaur 9:13 PM, March 03, 2009  

At least you know that the day could have been worse!

Unknown 9:30 PM, March 03, 2009  

Hope there is a warranty. Man that would be a headline for a late night talk show.

Anonymous,  9:35 PM, March 03, 2009  

OMG, I almost spit milk on my screen when I read this post. So random, yet so funny!

Amy 9:56 PM, March 03, 2009  

OMG. That is so sad about your areo bars and pizza but the pub part had my loling. I have to meet you and Pharmie in NO! Hang in there!

Beth 10:27 PM, March 03, 2009  

Awww, I hate when a new toy breaks right away. Very sad post. Stay away from your private parts... bad things always come in threes, so be careful!

Wes 11:27 PM, March 03, 2009  

Much better for them to break in the trainer than out on th road. At least you didn't have to worry about losing control and eating something worse than pizza... Seriously, sorry about the breakage.

Borsch 11:55 PM, March 03, 2009  

Eriks better fix that up for you! If they don't I'm cutting them out of my will!

Borsch 11:56 PM, March 03, 2009  

ps...what is the 'special prize' for the local winner? Dinner and a movie with Steve wearing a speedo?

C 1:03 AM, March 04, 2009  

Oh no! Sorry about the streak of bad luck. I'm sure it will end soon though. Hopefully before you need Pharmie to de-hair your back again.

Calyx Meredith 5:19 AM, March 04, 2009  

"man-scaping accident" = too funny
broken new bike (and pizza) = too sad

Hope you can get the aero bars fixed quickly and easily and also that you got some dinner and your man parts remained safe. Your bowl full of sunshine shorts would be sad if there were nothing to put in them.

Missy 5:38 AM, March 04, 2009  

Thankfully, it's just the aerobar piece and not some forged piece of metal or extruded carbon something er other.

Thanks for the pube trim...been meaning to talk to you about that. Your pictures are very telling;)

cdnhollywood 7:48 AM, March 04, 2009  

At least you've got a good reason for not keeping up with the Mrs. :D

I'd be looking for a new set of bars after that - don't just let them replace the rest. Seriously.

trimybest 7:49 AM, March 04, 2009  

that sucks! keep in mind it may not be just the pad that is damaged! the bar is carbon fiber and the pad moved because it was not clamped down properly. when it moved it may have wrecked the carbon bar if it scratched through the clearcoat. when they install a new pad make sure they check that out. if it is scratched badly then that could be disasterous! thats what happened to andy potts at ltf last year. also make sure they put some carbon specific grease on it for you. it has tiny plastic beads in it that will clamp it more securely. good luck!

Gabriel Losa 8:07 AM, March 04, 2009  

Oh, bummer!

I guess that when your bike´s aerobar snapped Big Rhonda laughed out loud (wherever she is).

Eric 8:42 AM, March 04, 2009  

The areo bar thing, I could get past but the ruined pizza, that's just too much.

Tri-James 8:50 AM, March 04, 2009  

Better St. Paul than New Orleans! I hope to see you there! Any outfits?

Jogger 9:12 AM, March 04, 2009  

What a terrible night!

I probably would've still eaten the pizza though. And died later.

Unknown 9:57 AM, March 04, 2009  

Maybe you could use the cheese from the unused pizza to fix the areobar pad. Just a thought.

Jim Smith II 10:34 AM, March 04, 2009  

On the plus sides - The break happened while you were on the trainer and not on the road (or worse in a race) AND the whole in the pizza was big enough to see so you knew it was bad...

You're rubbing off on me, it's all about the upside now ;-)

Lindsay 12:33 PM, March 04, 2009  

that pizza would have ruined my night! i would've had to go out for some chocolate to soothe myself, which then would have the next outbreak of salmonella or something.

CoachLiz 3:42 PM, March 04, 2009  

Yeah, be thankful you were not out on the road when that happened. That could have resulted in a crash and more than just the forearm rest would have been broken on your bike.

I don't think I have any funny or embaressing stories to offer up so I will leave that up to others so I can read and laugh at their expense.

FLATOUT JIM 5:58 AM, March 05, 2009  

Holy Crap Steve! Good thing you weren't on the road. Could have been ugly.

As for the spoiled pizza, that's just bad kharma. What did you do kick a puppy or something?

If it was the last pizza in the box, then you really need to change your evil ways.

Darcy Franklin 9:40 AM, March 05, 2009  

Kay, wasn't expecting the trim the pubes part. Very funny. Bad things happen in 3's so that was a very good choice to stay away from that area.

Hope you get those aerobars fixed! Good luck!

Totters 9:53 AM, March 05, 2009  

Major bummer! You wait all that time to get a big boy bike and that's what happens!? Maybe it's a sign that road bikes are the way to go (I'm personally in the middle of the 'no, you don't need a tri bike' struggle, so it makes me feel better to say that)?

Herself, the GeekGirl 12:24 PM, March 05, 2009  

Steve! Breaking off parts of your bike without realizing your strength! Oh, I'm gettin' the vapors...

Run For Life 10:45 PM, March 05, 2009  

Sorry to hear about the bike and pizza breaking. Glad to hear you didn't attempt any trimming down there.

ShirleyPerly 6:54 AM, March 06, 2009  

Wow, unbelievable that the aerobar arm rest broke like that on a brand new bike. Glad you were not hurt!!

Bootchez 12:17 PM, March 06, 2009  

Damn! If that aero bar had broken while you were on the road, you probably would have ended up looking just like the pizza!

sRod 6:27 AM, March 07, 2009  

How the hell did that pizza get into the box that way? So weird.

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