Today was a club ride on an awesome day with crystal clear skies and cool and windy weather. There were probably 100 riders today. You might think the start would be a crowded and dangerous mess of bikes but such is not the case. This is an old club that knows what it is doing. As a relatively new member, I'm continually impressed by how smoothly club events unfold.
As usual, I get sucked into going faster than my capability. I began to cramp toward the end but this is SOP for me and although starting out too fast is stupid, I love speeding along. Despite flaws in my cycling practice and despite being old and asthmatic, I get a bit faster each year and riding gets a bit less painful.
I've cycled 6600 miles over the last, umm, say 27 months, my entire cycling career. Ever so slowly, butt discomfort, hand numbness and neck pain all recede into the past. My bike is nicely tuned, thanks to much good instruction from this website and other locations, which makes operating the machine and each ride a pleasure. Each year I'm able to go a bit faster and the bike feels more responsive.
One of these days I will muster up a bit of extra energy and post photos of the roads hereabouts. New England is not spectacular but is sure is pretty. Everyone pay attention and stay safe.