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Great experience on this morning's ride (sorta long)(11 posts)

Great experience on this morning's ride (sorta long)TNSquared
May 3, 2003 10:18 AM
Several weeks ago I began riding with a group that meets every Saturday. I am new to riding in groups and have no experience with pace lines, so I have tended to just hang off the back of the group to stay out of the way. (Didn't want to tick anybody off by violating protocol or making some rookie mistake.)

As a result, I wasn't pushing myself or gaining the experience I was looking for. I just didn't know how to "break the ice" with the more experienced riders. I really began to get discouraged and started considering going back to solo only rides.

This morning, one of the guys in the group apparently decided to take me in as his apprentice. As we road he explained the proper way to ride in a pace line, signal others, etc.

Then, he let me practice drafting right off his wheel, I mean centimeters off. My guess is that most experienced riders would not want some beginnger hanging right off their tail. He encouraged me the whole time. And pushed me, too. Thought the Guiness from last night was going to make it's way back up before it was over. (Thankfully I avoided that unpleasantness.)

Now I am really pumped. I feel like I finally began to make some progress toward becoming a cyclist, instead someone who owns a bike, and learned that I can go harder than I thought.

Maybe not a big deal, but I didn't even ask the guy for help. He just offered, and I really appreciate it. I don't know if he visits RBR, but just in case - Thanks Rob!
re: Great experience on this morning's ride (sorta long)Rich_Racer
May 3, 2003 11:52 AM
That sounds great. I hope you go on to experience more of this great sport.
Very similar story hereSpecialTater
May 5, 2003 6:59 AM
and it's that wacky Haiku guy who's really helped me. The confidence a mentor provides really makes a difference.

I realize I've not had the same attitude sometimes with others (in cycling and other areas) and I need to learn from this. I'm a very impatient person.

Where in TN are you?
Same as you? Bartlett/Memphis area. nmTNSquared
May 5, 2003 9:53 AM
where did the group meet, and what was Rob riding? nmJS Haiku Shop
May 5, 2003 10:16 AM
where did the group meet, and what was Rob riding? nmTNSquared
May 5, 2003 11:18 AM
'Twas the Hightailers "social" ride from Superlo, but the last several weeks there been a smaller group that breaks off and rides more around 18-20 mph, just at the top of my comfort zone. I've been trying to stick with that group.

Rob (hopefully I got his name right) was riding a titanium Litespeed.
rob = moustache, no?JS Haiku Shop
May 5, 2003 11:38 AM
if yes, he's a tri guy, marathoner, and very active in the local running scene. when it's his turn to pull on thursday night bartlett rides, the group speed frequently will go from 20 to 25. better have your affairs in order, or be ready to ride back by yourself. :)

you should bring your comfort zone to the thursday night ride this week. 5:30 sharp rollout. i'll be the one without all the crazy facial hair (i mowed it off last nite). i'm told i have that certain "400km stare" these days.

you = also a candidate for sunday noon rides from bartlett. yesterday we went 30 mi at 18 mph. covers ~1100 feet of hills. we were sore from saturday, so the level of carnage was kept to a low roar.

the 'tater plans to ride thursday night. it would be a regular social but not social ride, as i sit in and try not to vomit from the pace set by J2. beyooootiful roads out there. you'll find the group riding skill level greatly enhanced the further away from east memphis your rides start. last week's thursday ride went ~19 mph for 30 miles. if there's a good turnout, you can almost always find someone or a few riding at a pace to your liking.

the saturday social ride is a good one, if that's what's on your agenda. it's also a good place to wreck, the incidences of which increase exponentially the closer we get to july. (people dust off their bikes from last july and come out "ready to race", then are frequently OTB at 14 mph.)

"the last several weeks there been a smaller group"

are you already a member?
rob = moustache, no?TNSquared
May 5, 2003 12:16 PM
Not the same Rob, I believe. As a once active marathoner myself, I think I know of whom you speak, but not the same guy.

Thanks for the ride invite. Thursdays are tough for me as I have child rearin' duties to fulfill, but if I can find a substitute parental unit I'll try to come out this week. I would like to make some Sunday rides, too, maybe even this weekend. Social riding is not really my target, and wrecking definintely is not in the game plan - thanks for the heads up!

Not a Hightailer yet, but only because I have to go by the post office for a stamp to mail in my app. Plan to take care of that this evening. And if any of the above sounds familiar, we exchanged emails a few weeks back through the Hightailer website.
yep, sounds familiarJS Haiku Shop
May 5, 2003 12:23 PM
and i'm pretty sure your handle and your name are fairly close. are you TN from FTB?

BTW, what are you riding?
That would be meTNSquared
May 5, 2003 1:48 PM
TN from FTB and from Bartlett TN.

Currently riding a Trek 2300 - alu frame w/Ultegra group. Seeing as how I wasn't sure how much I would be riding back when I first started shopping, I tried to find an "entry-level" bike that gave me the most for the buck. Looked at a couple of similar bikes, liked 'em all, so in the end it was that little phrase "lifetime warranty" that won out.

I say currently because I am now clearly addicted. I didn't think it possible, but I may have found an activity more rewarding (in a very punishing sorta way) than marathoning. So I'm already dream-spec'ing my next ride. Wife says I just have to qualify for Ironman Hawaii and I can have any bike I want.
coolJS Haiku Shop
May 6, 2003 5:11 AM
if i had that deal (qualify=bike), you better believe i'd work like a dog for that goal!

hope to see you on a ride soon. thursday night is supposed to be clear weather and good ride conditions!

-J