Last Night I decided to go on one of the Shop rides. The Tuesday Urban Assault Ride.
I just KNEW I was gonna get dropped on this one. Too little riding and not enough food in the tank for me last night. That plus working since 06:00 in the AM, makes a 6 PM ride a little sluggish for me.
I got to meet TSL on the ride. I've heard of Bruce, I think we've met a few times, but it was nice to see him out on the new Portland.
As stated, I've not been on a large group ride since I led a few Boy Scout rides as an Adult Leader about 7 years ago. I was riding roughly mid pack and doing okay. It was when we hit on of the Parks and started doing hill climbs in the grass that I started to wonder about the intelligence of being on this ride. A few folks had new pedals and cleats/shoes like I did. I had some issues getting clipped in, but others couldn't get clipped out.
It was getting dark by then and I didn't have any lights with me. Stupid I know! No lectures on this now.
The ride headed down what I feel is one of the worst streets in town. A four Lane with no shoulder and only granite curbing. Most of the drains and such have crumbled blacktop and it all makes for some pretty lousy riding to be sure. By this time I was tuckered out. The ride was headed down the escarpment along the river trail. I know this trail well and I knew what went down, we needed to head back up. With the Tank on "EMPTY" I begged off the ride and back track to the Jeep at the shop.
The ride back was pleasant because I could take the time to clip in and ride at a better pace for me. Most of my rides are solitary and due to that I rarely get challenged to do better. I needed to do this and I did. Will I be able to keep doing this? My schedule may allow it, we will have to see. I just wish I had more base miles underneath me.
Again, Nice meeting TSL face to face!