Went on my first group ride yesterday, a group of two, me and Charlie. We rode around the lake. 24 miles. It was not the best experience but I laughed about it all afternoon and evening.
Charlie is a friend who is about 6 years younger than me. He is a Military Academy grad, retired from the reserves, ex-fighter combat pilot, current airline pilot, former state H.S. soccer star, basketball and soccer referee, and a Triathlete. He usually competes in a Triathlon once or twice a month between April and October.
Over the winter Charlie earned a promotion and received a big pay increase. To reward himself he bought a new bike. Not any ole bike and not just a nice bike, mind you, but a Time Trail bike which looks just like the ones the pros used on Saturday at the prologue in the Tour de France. It is carbon fiber, winged handle bars, with the tucked in extensions and bar-end shifters and funny brake levers that look similar to the ones on my '66 Collegiate. The rear wheel is molded into the funky curvy looking seat tube. It weighs nothing. A stiff breeze could pick it up off the ground it is so aerodynamic. The bike screams "FAST! FASTER THAN FAST!" He paid well over $6000 for it.
So, here we are; Charlie on his brand new $6 Gs, CF, TT under 15 lb. machine, and me, Pastor Bob, on my '79, high carbon steel, 30 lb., $160 Schwinn Traveler (a 10 speed converted to a 18 speed), on our 24 mile round the lake group ride. Charlie is a very fit looking 210 lb., and I'm overweight at 250 lb. We start our ride, and I'm dropping Charlie left and right. Charlie can't keep up with me going up the hills, down the hills, nor even in the one 2 mile flat section. And he wanted to stop all the time. Now I am not fast. My cycle computer says I average 12-14 mph when I ride solo around the lake. I usually burn 1800-2200 K-Cals. Yesterday I burned only 1200 K-Cals. And I was worried I wouldn't be able to keep up with Charlie. I guess 1300+ miles so far in 2006 have really paid off.