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Did my 1st "training" ride on Tuesday ... (long)(7 posts)

Did my 1st "training" ride on Tuesday ... (long)HouseMoney
Sep 18, 2003 8:19 AM
... and I lived to tell about it!

-- didn't crash
-- didn't cause anyone else to crash
-- avgd almost 20 mph (incl warm-up & cool down) for 28+ mi
-- +2 mph better than my max group ride avg
-- +4 mph better than regular group ride avg
-- didn't blow up (almost) or pass out
-- did first double-pace line

Here's the long of it: I took my bike in on Tues for a little tweaking w/ the intent to do a solo ride afterwards. The shop employee mentioned that they had a training ride that night. I knew from their website that they are usually "A" pace, so I mentioned to him that I was more than a little concerned whether I could hang with them. To a novice like myself, "training" ride means faster & more structured than a "group" ride. I just bought a road bike last November, did solos until late June, when I started including a weekly group ride (B level). I mountain bike, too, and had barely 600 mi on the road bike. He said he'd ride sweep and would work to help me hang with the group, and then he asked me if I knew how to ride a paceline. I replied "kinda" (not much confidence in my voice) since our group rides sometimes fall into an informal & brief rotation. I pictured getting scolded by the group if (when) I messed up. As I'm getting changed, still undecided whether I'll do the training ride or a solo, I say "what the heck, I'll give it a shot".

In the parking lot, there are about 12-15 riders, most of whom are wearing their team gear (this shop sponsors a GOOD team). Yikes! As we set out, my motivation in not getting dropped is I wouldn't know my way back and dusk was approaching in about an hour. (note to self: bring a pocket map next time) At times, it was a struggle to hang, and the double paceline sometimes brought me closer to the edge of the road than my comfort zone would've liked. At one point in the paceline, I waved some of the guys ahead as I was struggling. The cool thing was, they spurred me on and wouldn't let me drop. So I sucked it up, fought through the pain, and hung! With about 10 mi's to go, I dropped my water bottle, but going back for it would've meant getting dropped (and lost). Fortunately, I was hydrated enough to complete the ride without bonking. (I hope I didn't commit a major faux paus by not retrieving it.) All told, when it was over, I was glad I did it ... and will be going back for more! Interestingly, I find myself reaching more for my road bike these days than my mtn bike. Not bad for a 44 yr old newbie. I hope I didn't bore those who read this to the end, but I feel like I've found the fountain of youth!
As long as you don't ride past everyone at the sprint line withbill
Sep 18, 2003 8:27 AM
a grin on your face, no one much minds someone's sitting in. If you are just hanging on or even if you just want to take a pass on your next pull, stay in the back of the retreating line. If need be (if they haven't yet caught on), communicate to the rider in front of you that you are not pulling through and for that rider to go ahead.
I screwed uplotterypick
Sep 18, 2003 8:46 AM
Decided to change my Saturday ride and caught the second half with the group I've been riding with. I'm a old newbie and was out of shape so got dropped etc.

THis time I'm riding great. Then flat. The group stops and one guy in particular helps me greatly.

We're back on the ride and things are great. on the longer big climb I actually dropped some other guys but ended in the middle front.

We waited for everyone at the bottom and headed off again.

we're going at a good pace and I'm feeling great, but nearing my pull out place (near my house, which I rode from 8 miles to get tothe start of the ride.

The pull out place is in the middle of a long straight away.

The guy who helped me is leading but has been pulling a while. I'm in third.

We're going fast and as we near my place I jump and yell. Steele's has the perfect lead out and take off blasting past the front and go forward a while to my turn out.

I look back and see the guy who helped me just chugging at the front. As I turn I realize my error. I should have pulled for the group and blown up, then pulled out.

I called his house. Told him I realized too late my error but appologize and that'd I'd do it different next time.

I got him a Cycle Sport mag.

In short, I feel/felt like an idiot.

I'm new and can be forgiven once, but still I feel like a heel.
by the waylotterypick
Sep 18, 2003 9:12 AM
I did pull during the ride as I kept near the front. Still I erred.

By the way, I was blown as I slept all morning after the ride.
re: Did my 1st "training" ride on Tuesday ... (long)MR_GRUMPY
Sep 18, 2003 8:47 AM
Just a few things to remember:
Don't overlap wheels
Don't jam on the brakes
Don't overlap wheels
Don't clear your nose, on somebody's leg
Don't overlap wheels
Don't reach down for a drink when the pace gets really fast
Don't overlap wheels.
not at all boring, thanks for sharing! (nm)JFR
Sep 18, 2003 10:47 AM
Great RideGixxerRick
Sep 18, 2003 10:17 PM
You did a great ride, the more you ride with them, the faster and more comfortable you will become, which will make you a better cyclist, keep up the good work, thanks for sharing...