Saturday, June 16, 2012

And now for something completely... the same.

 The Absolute Team has started hosting a group road ride out Lake Mary Road on Saturdays, something that I looked at and said "Ehh... I'll give it a try, if I'm feeling up for it."

Yes... a less than enthusiastic response, I know.

It's not that I dislike road riding... my sufferfests up Snowbowl road point to the contrary. It's that I'd never ridden in a group with more than two or three people, let alone in a paceline with lots of folks. So I decided "Ehh. We'll see if I wake up early enough to meet up at Absolute to start the ride at nine."

So, this morning, I woke up at 7:30, and started trying to come up with excuses not to go.

8:35, and I was ready to roll out, having failed to rationalize my excuses.

Bikes, nearly all the way around the Mormon Lake overlook circle. I couldn't catch them all.
The two other Absolute members and myself ended up hitching a ride with the Red Rock Racing team on the way out of downtown, and we set about riding. Pace lines are scary, and I had no idea how to rotate through the line at first. But after a while, I got the hang of it, though I was still unsure of it. It did start to get fun after a while, and I can appreciate the social aspect, which is a very nice change of pace from what nearly all of my riding has become... basically a solo endeavor. Though I'm not used to covering so many miles so quickly. I kind of wish we had gone farther.

I'll do it again though.

However nice road riding may be, there are some things that it can't do for me. Like last Sunday's ride up the Dry Lake Hills, and the scenery there.

You've gotta admit... That's a nice view to have while you're eating lunch.

Mileage: 49.5

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