upper 60’s to start – NNW @ 20 increasing to 25 gusting to ??, finishing in the high 50’s. Pretty sure this was the strongest winds a Wednesday ride has seen which quickly shredded our group of 15 or so.
The camera doesn’t come out much on these rides since priority is on safety so I thought I would give a rough written account of a typical Wednesday night ride.
gab, gab, gab, pull, gab, gab, gab, pull, gab, maybe lead out a sprint effort too soon, probably barely stay at the end of the fast pack and get dropped, regroup, gab,pee or not, gab, get left or dropped if you’re not ready, go!go!go!, wonder how anyone can ride a bike that fast (32.5 mph from a few last week), maybe take a pull, start looking for the guys I usually drop with, fill a gap ahead or ride their wheel, endure legs yelling until peloton asplodes and a small pack floats off into the distance, gab, tempo, gab, savor endorphine buzz, recovery ritual, crave next week…..
Tonight was anything but typical with the usual strong group powering off into the distance fairly soon after the edge of town, the wind was brutal !
I gave it my best college effort for about a half mile and discovered Luke and Martin still at it behind me (Luke’s expression sums it up):
Shelled or just thought better of it ?
Luke left us soon after and while maintaining a comfort level on Martin’s ailing knee we managed to make it to the Seymour blacktop before skies looked too ominous to press on.
Rewarded with 25 mph tailwinds and a beautiful Illinois sunset for the return:
Elaborating on the earlier description of a typical ride, I notice getting nervous when I see certain pace-drivers get on/near the front. Hesitate for 2 whole seconds when they step on the gas and you’re off the back with little chance of clawing back on. My body seems to automatically respond by changing the body english to optimize for punchy power, speed and maneuvering around the riders who hesitated. With any luck I’ll absorb some of the biker racer DNA ahead of me and be more than the guy who made it in the break but doesn’t have enough motor to contribute.
do want:bounce bike
For those following the story the Smile Politely article about the David and Cindy Combs collision is out. Very nice piece of writing from the author, as usual.