Low 40°’s to start, brisk 18 mph ENE, finishing at 50°. Came so close to going back to bed on this one. Wore fingerless mesh gloves to have dexterity with the camera, big mistake since the wind and cold making them hurt nearly convinced me to pack it in. A fingered pair with the thumb and forefinger tips cut off might be a better option. The wind vest adds another layer of complexity that means the camera doesn’t doesn’t go in and out of the jersey pocket easily, maybe a new storage spot is in order.
Good to see Larry, the reverse bear (comes out of hibernation when it’s cold) back on the rides. Absolutely love the noise Speedplay pedals make when popping out of a bike with 1080’s.
We know how to party:
After the rest stop/beer rental return, Martin decides on a quick pace forcing the rest of the group to hurry a bit getting started or become dropped. The style of the group is more of a lumbering back to pace even on heated training rides. Savvy to this notion, I usually try to stay to the front of the group with an eye out for anyone pulling antics .. like Martin. He proceeds to set a fairly hot pace forcing a real effort from the ones who hesitated to bridge up, which Sean uses as an incentive to see how hard Martin will have to work to keep up once he was passed. Our nice little Sunday group ride pretty much exploded right there.
I managed to stick around until just before town, finally giving up and deciding to tempo home. (Note to self, install 11-21) Luckily, traffic stopped them and I got back on for some brisk cool down pace and familiar road banter.
Being mortal and not quite bike racer DNA, I dropped off as they all headed on to 75, 90 ish and 100+ days. Oy.
Enjoyed a nice lunch with the parents who are celebrating 18 years, we’ve all come so far in this crazy life. I could have never guessed what this would look like 18 years ago.
It’s been a good ride. Little bumpy with a few abrupt stops, but good.