I Am Almost Too Embarrassed To Tell This Story

It was another Tuesday, and that meant another chance to go on a group ride. Of course, I had a few things to get done before the ride, but I felt pretty prepared for the ride itself.  I had been eating a bit better since last week, and with the exception of tight back muscles, things were looking up.

I had prepared my fluids and they were half frozen, waiting for a cold water top up. Looking back, I think I froze too much because even now after the ride is over, there are still chunks in the bottom of my water bottles.  I thought it would be warmer.  I guess I was wrong.

I had washed all my cycling gear and everything was in my Cat5 cycling case. This is a wonderful tool for organization.  Normally I don’t need it because I am often leaving from home.  However, as I explained last week, the Tuesday group meets a bit far from home and while I could cycle there, I suspect that the ride home after the ride would probably kill me.   On the bright side, I didn’t mind the drive home today.  The sky looked beautiful and I was just the right amount of body tired.  My mind was still good, but I could feel my body starting to wind down.

However, this week, the Cat5 would be my downfall. I threw it in the car and headed to the meeting point.  After a few minutes of driving, I started to worry that I had forgotten my shoes.  I quickly patted the bag and was relieved that my shoes were in there.  I chided myself for being such a worrier and continued my drive.

When I got to the meeting place, I started to put on the parts of the kit that I couldn’t wear while driving–the shoes would make it difficult to operate the pedals, the gloves would look pretentious, and the helmet would look ridiculous. That’s when it happened.  Another Oops Moment!   I had forgotten my helmet.  Aargh!

I said hello and goodbye to the people assembled for the ride.  Riding without a helmet is against the group’s policies and would disqualify both myself and them for the insurance coverage.  I explained what happened and started back to my car.  They suggested that I ask the bike shop (which organized the club and was the meeting point) if they had a “loaner”.  I figured it was a long shot, but I had driven all that way.  Fortunately for me, they were able to help me.  They loaned me a helmet.  That’s why I have a different “bucket” on my head than usual.  I haven’t bought a new helmet…yet.

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My reward for riding

The ride was pretty good. The people rode a bit more predictably than last time.  I guess we are all getting better.  My only problem was that my turn to pull (lead the group) often came on uphill spurts.  The worst one was near the end.  I couldn’t keep the speed, but when I let everyone pass, I lost all my momentum.  This is my fault because I should have kept the pace.  I just didn’t like hanging on the outside like that, and slowed up because I wanted everyone past me.  I guess the solution is to do some hill repeats and improve my climbing quickly.

We were out for a couple of hours and managed to do 45kms. We had a few stops to fuel up, take a picture or two, and review road safety.  Sadly, I didn’t ensure my Strava was recording.  I thought I had pressed the record button….I guess this ride will exist only in my memory.

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About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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4 Responses to I Am Almost Too Embarrassed To Tell This Story

  1. Jinjer says:

    Reminds me of an all-day urban stair walk I went on in L.A. the annual “Big Parade” where I arrived without my lunch and snacks I had so carefully prepared and then left sitting on the kitchen counter! That’s when my BFF made me create a checklist for myself and go through it before each and every hike, urban adventure, etc.

    I’m glad you were able to get a loaner helmet so you didn’t have to miss your ride!! And I think it’s great that you identify your weaknesses and get out there and condition yourself to improve them.

  2. bgddyjim says:

    LOL… I can relate. I forgot my shoes once! Don’t sweat it, brother.

  3. Hunida says:

    Aw, the loaner helmet should’ve been Today’s Perfect Moment. Nothing to be embarassed about in this story, Anthony!

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