So…I finally rode my first group ride with my team. I’ve known since I found out about the ride last year that this is a very high caliber ride. So I knew I was going to be in over my head.
I knew it would happen eventually so I didn’t freak out or anything. MJH2 and I ended up plodding ahead. It took me forever to really get my engine running. I have been noticing that lately. What I mean is that it takes like 15-20 minutes of HARD riding before I stop hyper-ventilating and start being able to pour on power, etc without totally popping.
MJH2 noticed that as well as I was wheel sucking him like I was a 2 month old and his wheel was a nipple. All said we ended up doing some decent work. Really cranked out some powerful sections. The effort was similar to the TTT I did with aham a few weeks back. Has to list up there as one of my all time hard efforts speed wise.
It was like being in a race. Actually being in a race. Pegged from the start with absolutely no breaks.
We finished respectfully and got some “meh….not too horrible for cat4/5’s” looks from some of the guys. Even got a “good riding” from the shop/team owner as a side comment.
Different vibe. No drinking afterwards, etc. All Roadie. I liked it, but I can’t see abandoning “my People” on the Penny Rd Ride. Then again I will get much faster riding the BH ride. So….thinking of doing the Penny Rd on Tuesdays and the BH ride on Thursdays.
….now…..how do I convince Mrs. P that this is something that needs to happen…….hmmmmm