Had a nice practice ride today in Whitnall Park, where I've learned in my cornering drill that my biggest mistake has been looking too much in front of the bike, say 5-6 feet out while turning. When I remind myself to look ahead I get around much smoother.
On the way out on a MUP section some chick is walking with a young kid and a dog. She's gabbing on a cell phone paying no attention to the little boy who is telling her a bike is coming behind them.
Of course, last second the dog crosses over right in front of me...I unclip to a stop...she never says a word. Nice.
On the way back two guys in a golf cart...yapping away and I could see it coming. They were going to cross the path without ever looking to see me coming. Sure enough, as I yell out to them.
Then comes the final straw.
After a good, hard practice of cornering and accelerating I'm almost home from the 36-mile ride.
I turn left onto my street and suddenly and for no reason a horn blast from a car behind me scares the crap out of me. I tell you, there was no reason for it. I snapped. It was something that hasn't happened to me in years...thousands of miles of riding. I usually NEVER have problems with drivers.
And I preach against doing this very thing. Anyone who knows me knows this is SO NOT like me. But I must have my race face/focus on already.
I yelled out to no one in particular, "You have got to be fu&*^%ing kidding me."
I sat up and started pointing down with my left hand to the road beneath me yelling, "I've got just as much right to be on this road as anybody."
The guy turn right as I go straight and look back there now.
He's yelling something out of his window at me, which of course I can not understand a word of.
I scream back at him while flipping my arm into the air, "Ah F you a-hole."
Then I just started laughing out loud!
I don't know what got into me. But at that point it was all just funny to me. I've never blown up like that on a ride before. I should feel bad. But you know what? It felt pretty good.
See what you guys have done to me with this racing mentality now?!