It is always fun to look back and reminisce over a previous ride…especially if you have a very talented (and funny) person who provides some of the best ride recaps I’ve read. If you don’t know Jim Walsh, he is famous in the NE Atlanta (Dacula/Lawrenceville/Suwanee/Buford, etc) area, as he manages a huge cycling email list for ride info in that area, rides all the dang time…but moreso for his ride recaps.
Since Jim has been one of my faithful Ride Leaders for this new Winter Bike League, I thought it most appropriate to pass along his recaps.
That said, I hope you enjoy this recap from our Jan 4th ride.
the heartbeat of every mile we ride: double pace line and straight. click to watch.
Jim Walsh Recap—
Three down, seven to go. Today’s version of Robert’s Winter League Ride was the coldest so far, but the best. We had a mix of returning people and first time people who came out to brave the cold. This time there were three groups. So there was a match for all speeds. We did 50 miles in the first group with at 1:28 outbound and a 1:31 return trip back into the wind. A very nice winter ride with neat 5×2 formation all day. Nobody went off the front. Nobody dropped off the back. It was just Libby and nine of her closest friends enjoying the smooth running pack. Robert had another dozen or so in the middle group and Carton lead the 12mph folks today. Hopefully Cristy and Carlos will be back with us next time.
We had every combination of dress you could imagine. Robert doled out some latex gloves to Zach and me to try. He said they were the bomb for keeping your hands warm. Jury is still out on them, however. My hands weren’t cold, but I don’t remember them as having been cold last week. At least we were prepared for anyone who needed a quick no charge exam. In addition to those I had regular gloves, two long sleeve shirts, one short sleeve shirt, wind vest, jersey, arm warmers, leg warmers, knee warmers, two pair of socks, shoe covers, head cover, helmet cover and shorts. No wonder “winter pace” is slower. By the time you get all that stuff on you look like Raphie in his snow suit in A Christmas Story. Perhaps Mae had it right. When I asked about her absence, Zach quoted her as having said, “I don’t’ like riding in the cold.” As if we do. But you have to admit, it sure does make for some good conversation around the coffee machine on Monday morning. And will freely confess to loving kicking someones butt in March that has been hibernating all winter. Also, it really is kind of fun to be with such a dedicated group of riders who brave the common elements together.
Total bonus for me today. There is a shiny yellow tire pump now sitting in the back of my van. I wonder who that belonged to?