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Old 03-29-09, 01:45 PM   #1
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Raised the bar today!

I decided to try the local LBS Sunday morning ride this morning. I knew I was in trouble as folks began showing up at which point I remembered that Sunday is the faster pace line ride, Saturday being more of a mixed group. Was going to bail out, but a few guys introduced themselves so I said "what the heck", I could always turn around.

Three miles into the ride got a flat (yep, it's hard to see ahead when you're at the back of a pace line). The LBS owner stopped and helped me fix it and we pressed on without the group in sight. 3 miles later flat no. 2 with now no hope of finding the group. We rode the rest of the 40 mile ride (out and back) without every encountering the group. Learned two things:

1. The LBS owner is a great guy. I knew this from having dealt with him of course, but no question when I buy N+1 it will be form him.
2. I can work a lot harder than I've been working on my solo rides. We averaged 17.5 mph including a pretty hard 2.5 mile climb to the turnaround point. My HR averaged 130. There is a huge mental component to exercising and working with a group can really bring out the best in us.


Time to take a nap!
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Old 03-29-09, 05:45 PM   #2
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Glad, you had a good ride. You could have focused on the negative, but I'm glad you didn't. Nice to hear about the LBS owner, I am guessing he did it because he is that kind of guy and not doing it for the business.
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Old 03-29-09, 06:01 PM   #3
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The LBS owner is just a nice guy. I would have had no problem getting dropped. Am certainly glad I gave it a shot. BTW, I was the only rider (of course) with a rear rack. When my Wife and I ride together I'm carrying spare parts for two and enough luggace space for her jacket, etc.. Maybe someday I'll have one of those spiffy 16 lb. specials, but at 220 I'm not going to worry about an extra 5 lbs.
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Glad you had a good ride. I was actually down in your neck of the woods yesterday. I did the Panoche Road ACTC ride. It was fun, but the headwinds heading back to the car just about did me in.
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