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Old 04-18-12, 08:12 AM   #1
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First shop/club "training" ride

Those following my Thursday night shop ride thread will know that that group is split into 5 subgroups, and I'd been going out with the slowest of the 3 "Bs." But in addition to these Thursday rides, they also offer Tuesday evening rides that are only divided into 3 subgroups, and they're billed specifically as "training" rides, with higher paces and attacks once we get through about 6 or 7 miles of warmups and clear most of the high traffic roads in the area. I had no intention of joining in these rides until the leader of my Thursday group said I should, and that they'd formed a slower bunch that I should fit in well with.

Well, after last night, I'm not so sure. I went out with the last bunch, for 30 miles, this time with only a 10 mph headwind. It went just like the Thursday ride (about 19 mph) until we hit the open country, and then I could only hang on until about mile 11. Fortunately for my ego, several others got shelled before me, and fortunately for my legs, there was one club member who was going about the same speed as me, and we worked together for the rest of the ride, or at least until he peeled off to go directly home just short of the end, leaving me on my own for the last 2 miles or so. I finished the 30 with a moving average of 17.8.

I have to say, at the time I was wondering why I was putting myself through it, but now that it's behind me, I'm sure I'll be doing more. If nothing else it provides a handy metric for measuring improvement - how long I can hang with them before getting dropped. And I'll be back out with the Bumble Bs on Thursday, too.
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Old 04-18-12, 08:22 AM   #2
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Here's hoping you can hang on until at least mile 12.
If you don't push yourself nobody else will.
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Like I told Neil in another thread "somedays your the bug, somedays the windshield". Yesterday you played the role of the bug but one day you'll be the windshield and it will make it that much more enjoyable remembering all of the times you got whacked.
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Fortunately for my ego, several others got shelled before me, and fortunately for my legs, there was one club member who was going about the same speed as me, and we worked together for the rest of the ride, or at least until he peeled off to go directly home just short of the end, leaving me on my own for the last 2 miles or so. I finished the 30 with a moving average of 17.8.
Are you sandbagging?

Heck, even if you WERE the slowest guy on the ride, it doesn't mean you don't belong in the group. Keep at it and one of these days when you're "ON" you'll be the one delivering the pain. Nice work!
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It depends on what you want. If you want to ride with the faster guys, go ride as hard and as far as you can with them.
You will get dropped, so what, come back the next ride and try to hang on as long as you can. It will get easier
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Keep going, I use to get dropped all the time it will stop.
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17.8? Dang, I can only dream of holding such a pace!
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17.8? Dang, I can only dream of holding such a pace!
It helps a lot if there's someone to share the work with. If I'd been on my own that last 18 or 20 miles, I doubt my average would have been more than about 15.
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My goal of seeing you sweat as I go into cardiac arrest is getting more and more unlikely.
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I think it's great you are doing this. I know in my running that I was not making the progress I wanted until I started running with a faster group and that really made me start pushing myself.

I need to find a local group I can ride with now that the weather has finally turned.
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