Apparently I have been getting a lot more exercise than I realized. Of course tires need air, and of course I should check them now and then, but if I get on the bike and it rolls down the street I don’t give it another thought.
A few days ago Joel mentioned that my tires looked low so we stopped by the gas station to air them up. Wow, what a difference! Who would think a bit of air would turn you into a different cyclist. The 28 mile route that did me in before was now a pleasure, and the 17 mile circuit feels like an easy day. It also helps that the winds haven’t been strong, and we have had a few days of haze and cloud cover so the heat has been less of a problem.
So, for some really good training go out with soft tires, strong winds, preferably in your face, add some hills, a couple gallons of water for weight, blazing sun, and hot weather! Then, later, when you have well inflated tires and better conditions you will feel like supercyclist!
I am feeling a whole lot better about my ability to do this bike tour. I resolve to check my tire pressure at least every other day while on tour.