|Couldn’t drop this wheelsucker.||MB1|
Sep 10, 2001 7:02 AM
|So we are out for this casual ride on Saturday.
Miss M takes a nice long pull then drops off and decides to take a different route back to the start. She'll head home early. I pull through and hold a nice steady pace for a while. But there was this wheelsucker I couldn't drop. O.K. I figure, I'll make him pull through.
So I start slowing up a little bit on the climbs trying to force him to the front. It didn't work, he was just able to go much slower than I could on the climbs. I slow to a walking pace-he walks. I pick it up on the downhills and he just coasts along right next to me. I just couldn't get him to the front.
So, I've had it with this nonsense he ain't going to pull through I ain't gonna work hard. We putzed the last bit of the ride setting up for the big sprint. Finally with 100 yards to go I'm out of the saddle sprinting and I miss the turn.
Burned-I guess I never was much of a sprinter. Good thing Humma relented and gave me a ride home.
|re: Couldn&#8217;t drop this wheelsucker.||raboboy|
Sep 10, 2001 7:06 AM
|did you ask him to lead a bit?|
|He was too busy talking about his bike & diet. nm||MB1|
Sep 10, 2001 7:15 AM
|this would be hummah hah, right?||bianchi boy|
Sep 10, 2001 7:22 AM
|His recollection of the ride is a little different. He left out the part about the final sprint, though.|
|One more question||bianchi boy|
Sep 10, 2001 7:23 AM
|How many donut breaks?|
|Would you believe none??!!!||MB1|
Sep 10, 2001 7:43 AM
|He did a pretty good job of staying hydrated after Miss M pulled off. She pushed him a bit.
We didn't stop much at all just mostly kept a nice steady pace-cept for those 16% climbs the last few miles. (Funny, they seemed flat on the way out).
|He could have been a little tired by then.||MB1|
Sep 10, 2001 7:24 AM
|At about mile 135 I figured "Stick a fork in him, he's done." He actually finished fairly strong considering.|
|My recollection of the big sprint ...||Humma Hah|
Sep 10, 2001 11:50 AM
|... MB1 stood up, laid into the pedals, and pulled away like Star Trek special effects. The last time I had anyone pull away from me like that was when I was pacing around the San Diego Velodrome, on the cruiser, tagging along behind some of Eddie B's pupils, and they started a sprint.
If MB1 missed the turn into the parking lot, I wasn't close enough to see it. He was riding lazy circles near my truck when I pulled in, glad to have survived.
|Well I did have a little warmup... nm||MB1|
Sep 10, 2001 11:55 AM
|He probably was just a guy who was happy to be keeping up and||bill|
Sep 10, 2001 7:30 AM
|who lacked the confidence to take a pull. When you pulled back, he decided that maybe you were human, was glad of it, and took a breather, too. That's probably all it was. |
Every once in a awhile this board goes into paroxysms over this issue. I only recently have begun to have the confidence to lead. You see it as taking his turn; he sees it as a responsibility that he is not at all sure that he wants to take you or that you even want to let him have.
Here's where a little understanding is in order. Figure out a nice, pointed way of explaining that you would appreciate his taking the lead for awhile. You may find out that he's thrilled. Then give him a few pointers (if he needs them, which he probably does) about maintaining speed, pointing out sh*t and turns and slows and stops, and he's doubly thrilled, because now he's a real cyclist.
Don't underestimate simple and well-meaning ignorance and inexperience.
|I think Miss M intimidated him. Something about calves. nm||MB1|
Sep 10, 2001 7:33 AM
|Face it, he has no shame! nm||Jon Billheimer|
Sep 10, 2001 7:35 AM
|Bill, read hummah hah's post below ...||bianchi boy|
Sep 10, 2001 7:36 AM
|And it will all begin to fall in place.|
|Oh. Never mind. I notice, however, that MB1 hasn't posted||bill|
Sep 10, 2001 8:06 AM
|a reverie about HH's calves. I'm sure that they are impressive, nonetheless. |
I'll get off of my soap box now.
|Thats cause they were always behind me. ;-) nm||MB1|
Sep 10, 2001 8:16 AM
|But did you make him HURT?||Humma Hah|
Sep 10, 2001 8:24 AM
|... Do I remember some comment about liking to make younger guys hurt?
I'm still a little sore.
Thanks for the pull! You're almost as awesome as Miss M!
|And not a word about my calves.||MB1|
Sep 10, 2001 8:28 AM
|You really know how to hurt a guy!|
|By the time Miss M finished with me ...||Humma Hah|
Sep 10, 2001 8:37 AM
|... it was about all I could do to raise my eyes enough to see my front wheel.
OK, folks, obviously there is nothing wrong with MB1's fitness, either. He's several years older than I am, considerably leaner, wirey muscles, and phenomenal endurance.
The trouble is, he hangs around with a woman who steals the show in the fitness department.