Monday, May 3, 2010

slow ride

Alright, I'm a slow rider, and that's OK. I love to ride, and I love to do bike tours. The fact that I'm not a "hammerhead" is fine with me. I don't really train, except to ride as much as I can. I occasionally will do some intervals to try to help me ride at my peak for a longer time, but mostly I just ride. When I'm on a tour I just want to be able to keep a good pace, and do it for as long as it takes to get to the next town. And I'm fine with stopping to rest, take pictures, and re-fuel. So it really doesn't bother me to not be among the first to finish the ride. I don't think I'd like to be the last, but I'm comfortable with the rest of the pack.
I've done some rides that not every cyclist would be able to do, especially in the mountains of Colorado. Hopefully I'll be able to add Trail Ridge Road and Mt Evans to that list of rides. That's why I try to push myself to ride a little farther, a little faster. To be able to say "that was one of the hardest things I've ever done and I did it!"                                                                                                                                          
The Biking Across Kansas tour is a little more than four weeks away, and while I'm sure it will present some challenges, I'm looking at it as more of a warm-up for CRMBT. From what I've heard about BAK it's geared more towards the social aspect of 800 people slowly working their way across the state. I'll be happy to add another state to the list of those I've toured, and I'll have an entire week of riding, eating, laughing, and gathering stories to tell.


  1. I'm with you. I will never be the fastest rider but if I train really hard the group rides that I do are enjoyable as opposed to painful. Have a great time in Kansas

  2. I also ride with people that are slower than me...but I also ride with people that are W A Y faster. It is the fun of getting out riding that is important for myself. I do keep track of mileage, averages and such. Just fun to do. Oh, and when I saw Foghat in concert in the 70's, maybe they were trying to tell me something.