Sunday, April 3, 2011

First (real) ride of spring

Today was a beautiful day that almost makes one believe spring is here. Until one looks at the weather forecast for the week. So I'm not.

My coach organized a small group ride today, and although I still have a bit of a cough and sore throat, I made the executive decision to be finished with being sick, popped an Aleve to calm my throat, and joined the fun. We did 32 miles of a fairly mellow ride--definitely faster than I would have gone by myself, but the lady in charge was good about making sure we didn't drop anyone, so no one hammered for long. Although I have to say I have a bit of a problem with figuring out tempo, because a couple times I started to take a turn at the front, then realized I had dropped people without meaning to. I think I just overcompensate for thinking I'm slow, plus I can't really look backwards without totally losing my line, so I'll be cranking along and then finally manage to sneak a peek behind me on a curve, and lo and behold, I am, as my husband describes it, "being an a**hole." Note that this is only a problem for me on a mellow ride--when the riding gets more serious with these folks, I'm lucky to hang on. And I did spend well more than half the ride today coasting along on somebody's wheel, make no mistake.

Here is the rest of the group at the end of the ride:

Linda, in the middle, was very kind about the fact that apparently I blew my nose onto her. Maybe more than once. I need to work on my group riding etiquette for sure.

When I got home, Joker was enjoying the sunny spot on top of my stash of workout clothes.

This is the closest he gets to working out. And yes, I still keep my workout clothes in milk crates.


  1. Hey, haven't we all pisssed off lots of people in our climb to bikerdom? I'm getting out for the first time tomorrow. Can't wait Thanks for the comment.

  2. Hope your ride was good, Melissa! Still hoping to reach bikerdom some day. :)