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.
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.