I've been asked a lot, "Did you get any flat tires?" 


Did I get flats?  I got about 10 in the first two weeks.  I got flats while bicycling on pavement.  I got flats while sleeping.  I got visited by the Puncture Fairy so often that she was paying me rent.  Yes, I got flats. 

Here's fellow Tour rider Brad in his normal position, hunkered over a flat.  Brad got flats the way teenagers get pimples.  I think he never managed to go more than about 12 minutes without a flat.  Which was normal for a lot of us.  You could take all of the air out of your tires, put them in a locked refrigerator, and in the morning you'd have a flat.  Yes, I got flats.