Saturday NOW Ride
April 14, 2007 · Print This Article
I survived the Saturday morning NOW ride, despite only having logged 99 outdoor miles this season. Heck, I increased my total milage by 50 percent! My computer says I rode 42 miles today, which includes the 6 mile round trip to the bike shop.
Temp when I left my house: 33 degrees
Barb and Marjie and I were the only “girls” on the ride. There were also about 6 guys, who seemed nice and rode at a reasonable pace that I could mostly keep up with. We went down Shepard road, which is always longer than I think, and into Maplewood by Hwy. 61, where we hit a nasty hill. I knew it was going to hurt when Barb said to me before we turned the corner, “Kate, you should probably get into your easiest gear.” I did, but it didn’t matter. I was seriously dropped on a really steep grade followed by a long gradual uphill. But thanks to Barb, who turned around to sweep me up, I didn’t lose the pack entirely.
We split into two groups after the hill: those who wanted a shorter ride and those who wanted to keep going. Marjie and me and a guy named Jim turned around. My legs felt like burning, so the ride back wasn’t as pleasant as the ride out. We rode into the wind, but Marjie was kind enough to let me hang on her wheel all the way back.
When we got back to the store, we were greeted by the guys from the other half of the group, who beat us back! Hey, ours was supposed to be the shorter ride!
Thanks to Barb and Marjie for having the patience to deal with my slow climbs. I look forward to getting back out there next time and maybe it won’t hurt so much…
Can’t wait for our Tuesday night training sessions!
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