Monday, May 25, 2009


As I sat outside and drank my morning Diet Mountain Dew, I was thankful for all the freedoms that we share. I had packed up 4 bikes on my Jeep and was waiting for friends to go meet others for a group ride. Where else can you be as luck as us?

This mornings ride was organized by Coach for riders from beginners to mid pack to speed-demons. Snips had never ridden a road bike so she was going to ride Silver. Sniggles (previously Running Ugly) was going to ride Skipper(my hybrid) then try Silver. Kandy had always ridden a hybrid but was going to ride my son Bino's road bike. It was going to be quite a test drive.

Coach gave all the beginners a quick lesson in Biking 101. It was time to mount up and take off with the goal of riding 18 miles. The first 4 miles were cruising. Coach did a great job of going up and down the line checking on everyone. At the first stop, coach asked everyone to take a look at the flag that was straight out because that was the wind we would be riding into on the return.

To the right is Sniggles(yellow) and Snips.

When we were about 7 miles out, I knew where we were headed and the hills that would be coming. Snips, Sniggles and I broke off from the group and headed back. The wind was unbelievable. With 5 miles left to go, Sniggles switched to the road bike unwillingly. There was a fear in her eyes. She overcame this and rode it all the way back to the car. Both Snip and Sniggles did an excellent job on their first group ride. We had alot of laughs and fun today.

Waddling to relax for the rest of the day....................


ShirleyPerly said...

Sounds like a great way to enjoy the holiday. And I can see the wind blowing her hair in the photo below. But at least you got to ride outdoors -- YAY!

Calyx Meredith said...

Yay for having a great outside ride with friends. I think laughter should be a part of every training plan. (I would be fine however if we could find a way to leave WIND off of the TP. :D)

Sunshine said...

Hurrah for a fun time.
I heard that this month was an unusually windy one, even for May, but I don't know if that was statistly true.

Vickie said...

I always say like you did--where else in the world can we be so lucky to live?

Joe said...

Awesome bike ride into that wind!! You're making great progress!!