A Cool September Group Ride

88kms with a 708m gain in elevation

With cooler outdoor temperatures, sleeping was great. I really don’t know how I managed to drag myself out from under the blankets to get out and ride a bike this morning.  However, I did just that.

I’ve changed the way I get ready for the ride and it has made all the difference.  I won’t go into the details, but I encourage everyone to try new things if something isn’t working. 073

I arrived at the meeting place and I engaged in the pre-ride chit chat that normally goes on. It struck me as interesting that cyclists approach temperature changes differently than other people.  I’ve been at pre-events where people grumbled about the lower temperatures.  They start talking about scheduling things earlier in the year.  They talk about starting later in the day.  When a cyclists mentions the cold, this is usually followed up with a trip to the car to get the warmer kit.  Never have I heard one say that maybe we shouldn’t ride.  Of course, those that think it’s cold, don’t come to the meeting point.  As for me, since I cycle to the meeting point, there’s very little I can do about it when I get there.  If I am wearing my warm sleeves or full finger gloves, I can take them off.  I can’t put anything else on.

I wasn’t really feeling it, and was looking forward to a slow paced C ride. That wasn’t to be.  There were only three C-ish riders there, and no one to lead the group.  So, we joined the B group–though agreeing that we could cut the ride short at a designated point.  As for me, once I joined the B group, I was there to stay.

I have felt that I was between the C and B group for most of the summer, but this really cemented to me that I need to be in the B group full time. I held my own for the whole trip and enjoyed the stable pace that the B group set.  The C group is all over the place with pace and it is less enjoyable unless we have a strong leader who demands a steady pace line and knows when to ease up and when to hammer.  That isn’t always the case.

A great thing about a steady pace is that you can actually talk to people on the ride.  I am not a big talker outside of my classroom, but it doesn’t hurt to have a conversation or two about cycling or other stuff.

I did falter later in the ride because we had stopped for a while and my body does not like that. It has its own idea about inertia and wants to stay in motion.  I recovered when I left the group and put up some good numbers on my way home.

One of founders of the Newmarket Eagles gave me a compliment. He said my riding had definitely improved and was sure that I got in more than one ride per week.  When I told him that I didn’t, he remarked that I had a lot of potential.  I have to say, I felt pretty good about that.

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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1 Response to A Cool September Group Ride

  1. Hunida says:

    Good job keeping up with the B group!!

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