As you can see from the picture on the right, it completely snapped. I immediately went to the bike shop thinking they were just going replace the hanger. I was told that the frame had to be sent to Cervelo to get it fixed as there are no screws or bolts. The only people that can fix it was Cervelo. This happened 3 days from Saturday, when I had to check my bike in for the race.
At this point I had 2 options:
1. Glue the piece with super glue, during the race do not shift from the big ring to the small ring and pray that it would hold.
2. Race with my road bike. This is more complicated than it sounds, as I didn't have aero bars or a power meter on the road bike.
I decided to go with option 1, remember this as it will come up later again. I knew that after the race I would still have to ship the frame to Cervelo, so I decided to take a chance.
Spoke with Christelle and we both agreed that it was better that it had happened before the race and not during. The following days were normal, I trained on my road bike. Sunday came around and I was excited to race. Wanted to see how differently my body would react to altitude and without a ridiculous current like the one I had in Panama.
I had ridden exactly 1.5 miles and now I didn't have a way to continue. The baby blue color line on the map is how far I had gone, when I got the first flat. For about 5 seconds I thought I was done, had almost given up but then I realized that I could go back, get a new tube and continue, at least I wouldn't get a DNF (did not finish). I took off the tire again, took off my shoes, put the bike on my shoulder and started running back to T1. With about 400 meters to go I heard a voice ask me if I needed help. I turned around and saw a person on a bike, he wasn't competing, and he asked again: "How can I help you?" I asked him if he could ride to T1 and tell them that I would need a new tube. He said that he would take the whole wheel and that they would have it ready by the time I had gotten there. That was so nice of him, I am really glad he was around. I think that actually saved me additional time.
I kept running with my bike on my shoulder and finally after, what I felt was an eternity, I got there. They grabbed my bike and I immediately noticed that my wheel was on the ground and they were putting a regular (non-carbon) wheel on my bike. I quickly asked what happened and they explained that I had a side wall tear on my tire and that the only way for me to get my bike back quickly was to use the wheel they were giving me. At this point I didn't care anymore, I had made up my mind that today was going to be a hard training day, I was officially out of the competition. I looked around and there were maybe 40 bikes left in T1, out of 2000+. I had lost so much time, I was thinking about all of that when I noticed that my bike was ready. The guy fixing it was just changing gears to make sure everything was OK, when he shifted the crank from the big chain ring to the small one. This broke the derailleur hanger, remember I wasn't supposed to touch it? I didn't have time to tell him not to do it. It was at this point when I thought my race is over. I am not sure how the mechanic did it, but he ended up fixing it, temporarily of course. He said, don't worry I'll secure it so you can ride. He somehow fixed it at a higher point of the hanger and it held for the whole 56 miles.
If you take off the time that I lost and start the timer when I got my bike back from the mechanic, I rode the course in 2:25, officially I did it in 2:54. Which means that I lost 30 minutes with this whole tire problem.
I have to admit though, the one thing that I loved about being so far behind is that nobody passed me, I was the only one passing people on the bike. I guess this means that I just have to get faster.
Here are my final thoughts, I am very glad that I was able to finish and that even though I had all the mechanical problems I was still able to improve my time from last year.
Last year: 5:00:49 time for the Boulder 70.3
This year official time: 4:57:48 Time for the Boulder 70.3
This year time without flat: 4:29:08
Last Year: 32nd in age group
This year: 24th in age group
Without the flat tires would have been 6th
This was a great preparation race for the Boulder Ironman. I hope that I don't have any of the technical issues I had. I want to thank my wife Christelle for always waiting for me patiently with the girls and then cheering like they haven't been waiting at all. Also to all of those that encouraged me before, during and after the race, THANK YOU! Until next time.