Group Ride

I did my first group ride this weekend. I went out with the guys from the Carolina Bicycle Company for a 27 mile trek through neighborhoods and winding roads. It was a pretty good run. There weren’t too many hills and the group was really good about keeping together, regrouping, calling out when there were problems in the road.

The pace was pretty brisk, at least in the beginning :), but not overly so. It was a nice run between North and South Carolina, I’m not exactly sure where we went since I’d never ridden the route before. I have to say I was just following the guy in front of me. Good thing nobody had intentions of heading to Mexico.

Of course I did have to remove all doubt that I am an amateur cyclist by falling off my bike. I made the classic blunder of clipping the wrong foot into the pedal before I was ready. I clipped my right foot (it should have been the left) and before I was really moving I got caught on the lip of the gutter and fell over – to the right. I landed in the grass so at least I had that going for me. Nothing like making an ass of yourself in front of a group of people you just met. Nowhere to go but up I guess.

I did have some vindication though, I finished the ride with the top group, including a trio of 15 year old Junior Riders who were getting in some training time. Considering I’m twice their age (and then some) I feel vindicated.

To add to my superiority (at least in my own mind) I came home and did another 20 miles on the trainer. It was a good ride but I wanted just that little bit more.

Of course I ended up eating about everything in sight including some excellent lasagna pizza from Fuel for lunch and multiple hamburgers and chicken I cooked on the grill for dinner. When you burn off 4,000 calories it’s amazing how much rubbish you can eat!

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