After teaching face to face classes on alternate days this week, and having to deal with the commute for the first time in 7 months, I was a little tired. I struggled to wake up, but since time is not on my side (many people in my circle…..(ahem) social bubble…have commented that summer is over), I knew I had to get out for a ride this morning. The only problem was that my pillow felt so good and my snooze button was way too accessible.
I managed to get to the meeting place in advance of most people. That was surprising. Eventually a group of about ten showed up. Since most of them were doing a metric century tomorrow (they did an imperial century last Sunday) they decided on a slightly slower paced C group ride. Well, deciding to ride it and actually riding it are two different things, but we set off together nonetheless.
The day was a bit cool and we battled a headwind and some climbs right out of the gate. That was by design as we wanted the flats and the tailwind for the end. I lagged at some moments, but managed to keep up for most of it. We cycled a good page and sometimes had a good paceline. Previous group leaders were more demanding. I actually favour this, but I suspect that I am in the minority. Hopefully next year we will be back to normal participation levels.
The bike felt good maybe my slightly better diet this week was partially responsible for that. Either that or I properly inflated my tires this time. The day started out a bit cool, but I opted not to wear a jacket or even arm warmers. I am glad I didn’t because it warmed up pretty quickly.
It was great to get out and even though I lagged at certain points, I felt this was my strongest ride of the season. I wasn’t fast in so many places, but I didn’t start feeling tired until the 60km mark and even that wasn’t as bad as it had been a few weeks ago. Hopefully I will ride into October, and maybe even a solo ride in November–the group’s insurance doesn’t extend into that month. Who knows.