For the first time in far too long I got on the bike. It’s shocking that it’s been so long but what can I say.
I decided I’d go on a group ride with the Silver Wheels Cycling Club. The calendar said it was an easy *2 ride of 30 miles. I woke up a few minutes late so out the door I went. This would haunt me later but I’m a big boy so what can I say?
I got there on time and there were a total of six riders. I was the youngest at 58 (my birthday was just a couple days before). We got on the road and I admired the bikes. There was a Madone, Felt and the one that I want to get when I lose the weight, a Specialized Roubaix. Took a mile or so for my legs to loosen up but once they did I felt great.
Before I left I noticed that the battery in my bike computer had died so I was riding blind. Didn’t matter much as I couldn’t ride faster than the ride leader. I’ll have to buy a few of those batteries since they fit in more than one of my devices, (watch, guitar tuner, etc.)
It was a warm day with temps just about eighty and I went through my water bottle quickly and realized that I only brought one. Luckily halfway through we stopped at one of the rider’s houses and we got refills. It was a nice break in the shade and I took a couple pictures with Paul Zacharias.
The ride took us into LaGrange and then north. It was a perfect day to ride. Around mile twenty-five I ran out of water and realized that rushing out of house without breakfast was a mistake. At mile thirty I bonked, seriously hitting the wall. I couldn’t ride about ten miles per hour. What a dummy!
All in all it was a great ride. I’ll never leave without having something on my stomach and two water bottles. We ended up going a respectable thirty-two miles. I’m back. I plan to keep this nasty beard for a while but guarantee it will be off by Christmas
August 29, 2014 at 6:37 pm
Glad you got back out there…and a belated Happy Birthday to you!