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Bike Club

Monday, January 21, 2013

So, I joined a bike club a couple of weeks ago. Went on my first group ride a week ago Saturday and boy was that tough. These guys just killed me, especially on the hills. Overall, it was a great 47-mile workout. This past Saturday I went again and did the group ride. Unfortunately, there were only 2 of us doing the 50+-miler. As it turned out, the other guy was pretty good going down hill, but not very good on the uphill. I had a hard time following him and since he knew the route (I did not), I had to stick with him. We finished the ride and while I appreciated his showing me the way, I frankly expected to ride bunches harder. Perhaps next week things will change. HOOAAA!!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/31/2013 11:03AM

    Biking is a lot like running in that it is the most fun to do with others when they are at the same pace as you. The larger the group, the more likely it is to find people going at the same pace. The great thing about joining a group is that it at least gives you a chance to find people with a similar pace. It's also a fun way to find new routes.

My husband and I belong to a local tandem group. People ride at different paces, but we get a printed cue sheet from the leader before each ride. It's fun.

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MIKEDUP 1/30/2013 8:55PM

    I wish I lived in a place that had a group... I live in a town of about 3000 people. Only a few of us road bikers out there. Glad to hear your experience is going well. Keep it up!

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KA_JUN 1/24/2013 9:44AM

    emoticon Sounds like you had quite the hammerfest!

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LIVESTRONG2010 1/24/2013 9:25AM

    I used to ride with a group and it was fun because we went different routes. There was three different speed groups within one. Now I just ride with two or three boys and they push me as much as I let them. This year I hope that they really push me to get me ready for another century.

Have a great riding season! emoticon

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SPEEDYDOG 1/24/2013 8:17AM

    Hi Bill,

I have a road and mountain bike riding partner that has been a good friend for years. We ride at the same, somewhat insane, speeds and enjoy the same sort of rides. I belong to IMBA "International Mountain Bike Association" and COMBA "Colorado Mountain Bike Association". There are people in COMBA I like to ride with. There are others that I don't have much in common.

I am sure you will gravitate toward like-minded people. I hope you enjoy yourself. I am very interested in hearing about your adventures with your club.

Thanks, Bruce

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/22/2013 8:31AM

    50 miles, WOW, I'm impressed. I'm sure you will reap many benefits of joining "the club". emoticon

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TXMAMA63 1/21/2013 10:29PM

It's great that you found a club to ride with. Your description of your first ride with the group is sort of like I feel when I ride with my hubby where he is so much stronger of a rider than I am. I do keep telling my hubby to push me though because I won't improve otherwise.

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BLUENOSE63 1/21/2013 8:27PM

  You doing great! Maybe that was just the reprieve for the week before! Let me know how the next ride goes.

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BOGUSANNIE 1/21/2013 11:28AM

    Woohoo.... Nicely done!

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LIV2RIDE 1/21/2013 9:10AM

    Cool that you found a group to ride with. Hopefully you can find someone who has the same ability and they will be as consistent as you. It's always hard to ride with someone from a different level. emoticon

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GETSTRONGRRR 1/21/2013 8:32AM

    Always difficult to get in synch with others once you get your own pace going. Good luck, keep at it!

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