I have ridden my bike 2 times in the past 3 weeks, so I thought it might be a good idea to start out with the A group.
I arrived at Liberty for the Thursday night road ride, and chatted for a while. We rolled out and hit the first climb, several guys off the front and I was setting the pace up to the I-26 bridge. Over the top and someone else took the lead. We rolled down the hill and onto 191.
We had a group of about 12 now, and I was hoping to hang on for a while, but reality told me I would get dropped. And I did. I was pleased to hang on as long as I could. While the overall pace was ok for me, we hit one of the larger grunt climbs and I couldn't sustain.
I held steady and kept spinning, keeping the group in sight. I managed to catch up at the stop sign only to get dropped again minutes later. And so it goes.
But, I had a blast. I realized that mixing it up like this was a lot of fun, and with the B group to scoop me up, decided that I would try to hang with the A's each week. Maybe by the end of the summer, I'll be faster.
The rest of the ride was pretty steady, Kevin and I ended up mixing in with the B group, and doing a lot of the pulling. The sun was setting and it was getting dark. I bid the group farewell and headed up the parkway, tired, hurting but happy for the challenge ahead.
And looking forward to riding my bike consistently!