Back in June I had to head down to Mountain Equipment Co-op for something or other and on my way out I grabbed their monthly newsletter. Turns out that throughout the summer, on the first and last Thursday of the month they would be holding free bike maintenance workshops. I signed up right away and grabbed the last spot on July 31st. So last night I skipped boot camp to meet up with the friendly bike mechanics at MEC. The first thing I did was successfully learn how to change a flat. Now that I've actually gone through the process - on my own wheel - I feel a lot more confident. We also went through general maintenance stuff like chain cleaning and what not. Since I have my fancy new bike I figured I'd better learn how to take care of it. Unfortunately I missed the "total cardio blast" day for boot camp, but I figure it was a good sacrifice.
As for this morning, I decided to give myself a full on rest day in anticipation of tomorrow's 20 miler. I slept in until 5:45, then no biking, no swimming, no nothing. Glorious!