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Another Interesting Experience

Sunday, October 28, 2012

It's Saturday morning and I'm heading out to an organized ride that I've never done. The name is interesting: The Tour de Pecan. It's in the low 40's and very wind and not too many cyclist show up. As we line up to start, I notice about 25 folks are doing the 62-miler. The majority of riders are opting for the 30 and 45 milers, due to the cold and wind. We take off and I immediately eye-ball the riders around me. After 2 miles, there's 4 of us leading the charge. I can't help but remember back when I used to be at the tail end of all rides. I now hang out with "The Dudes". Nice feeling. The four of us are cranking some nice cadence and speed. At the 10-mile mark I notice that we're hitting between 21-23MPH. Of course the tail wind had a lot to do with the speed. At the 20-mile point one of the 4 bikers drops off and now there's 3 of us leading the charge. I'm feeling mighty good and foolishly lead the charge for the majority of the time. At the 30-mile point, the 2 guys with me decide to crank it up as we hit a roller. They caught me totally by surprise and I just cannot catch up. As I ride by myself, there's nothing but tough rollers and strong headwinds. By the 50-mile mark, I start to pass some of the 45-milers. As I get to the finish, I'm pretty proud of myself and am told that the front two riders were ahead of me by only 1 minute. Of course, I looked for and found the two front bikers and began to harass them. "How dare you beat up on this ancient warrior". They responded that I gave them more than they wanted. Sure made me feel good. Overall, a great ride, in spite of the cold and wind. Next up, the 112-mile Tour de Tucson on 11/17. HOOAAA!!
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    Too Cool! emoticon mm emoticon
    1991 days ago
    That's terrific! You are awesome!

    I'm so excited that I get to join a riding group starting tomorrow!!! Yeah! We are starting with 15 miles, but I'm looking forward to the spring and my goal is a 100 miler in 2013. My longest ride to date was in May of this year at 32 miles.

    WAY TO GO!!!!
    1992 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Wow, Good for you! That is a long bike ride and you did awesome! emoticon emoticon
    1994 days ago
    Way to go!
    2000 days ago
    It's funny -- I hate riding bikes, but I love reading about and watching people ride bikes! Sounds like a great race!
    2000 days ago
    Just the fact you are riding 50 miles at a time at a good trot says a lot! It must feel good to be in the front of the group!! In my dreams I'm able to keep up with front of the group -- that's why I keep going :))

    Keep it up!! You will only get better and before you know it, you'll be to the finish line first!

    2000 days ago
    Nice ride!! Way to bring up their game.
    2000 days ago
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