Monday, February 4, 2008

02-03 Sunday Group Ride

Well, it was cold again (31F) when my son and I started out.

The group consisted of 4 additional other riders. Strangely the group shrinks when it gets colder out, our other usual participants being either exceedingly smart or excessively week kneed.

Our pace was sufficiently slack at the beginning that someone suggested we go down the newly paved Johnston Rd. This provided some stimulus to the legs with some pretty steep rollers. It may have been an attempt to warm up, I don't know.

Alabama Rd provided a nice new smooth surface and the pace increased and another chance to build up some heat. After crossing the railroad tracks Nature called and was answered by a few.

Crossing the Blue Springs/Hungry Hollow railway we saw the headlights of an approaching train in the distance. No race today as we were traveling in opposite directions.

As we approached the Weatherly Switch climb, feeling pretty good, I watched everyone go as I contemplated an attack, nahhhh it just wasn't something I needed right then.

Coming back down Apison pike was another series of attacks and catches with the last stretch being ramped up to 28mph. This is a good section to be wide awake on.

It was a good ride, and the temperature was warming up rapidly. Even though it is the first weekend in February, spring doesn't seem that far away.

Rookie Questions:
Is it okay to let someone into the middle of a hammering pace line when there is a 3/4 gap formed in front of me and Car Back warning has been given? Yes, you should get the rider out of the line of cars into the shelter of the paceline.

Should I intentionally close the gap and let the rider hang out in front of the car even if I don't intend to take a pull on the front? No, why would you do that? he's been pulling for you on and off for the last 30 miles, let him in, he'll pull for you again.

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