It snowed on Monday afternoon. Realizing that waiting for the weather to get better wasn’t going to get me in shape, I got out on the bike today for the first group ride of the season for me.
I have joined two different cycling clubs this year. One is the standard one I always join (the Newmarket Eagles) and I also joined the club run by the store where I bought my bike (Spoke O’Motion). Why two clubs? I just thought this would be a good way to see what the other club had to offer without giving up on my original club. Since the insurance is handled by one central entity, the cost of joining another club is relatively small (around 20 bucks). I also thought I could meet some other riders. It never hurts to know more cyclists.
The store club has slower paced rides on Tuesday. On the website, these rides are touted as “geared for the female rider” and are guaranteed to be led by a woman. Since most of the female riders I have met can crush it, I didn’t think this was going to be a soft ride. I wasn’t disappointed. Most of the riders were fast enough, and the club procedures (except for taking rides at the front) were the same. We even took routes I have ridden. The group leader was helpful, social, and serious enough that I felt it was time well spent. We covered about 37 kilometres and only took one break to take some selfies.
As for my performance…..well, I wasn’t last. I had a rough start, but things seemed to click as we turned back towards home.. My climbing form this early in the season needs work, but that was never in doubt, but I can certainly get up a lot of speed on the descents.
As it was a new club, I am still working on understanding who to climb behind. I start a climb strong and then peter out as I get to the top. They seem to slow at the bottom and get stronger as they climb. I have to admit, I had a bit of a tough time figuring out their rhythm. Hopefully, I will get it next week. Yes, there will be a next week. I also hope to get out for a weekend morning ride as well.