IT'S HALFWAY THROUGH DECEMBER, just in time to send out this public service announcement. December heroes always morph into race season zeroes. Lest you think I'm calling you out...
... I'm not.
Well, I might be if you are:
- Exhausted after your ride
- Wincing as you go up or down stairs
- Loathing your next bike sesh
- Setting KOMs on routes already ridden by a thousand others
... it's a long list, and glancing over it I might be a bit guilty myself.
Which is why I will once again renew my dues with Riders For A Sensible Pace. This completely fake group, should exist. There should be an intervention for dummies like me.
Let me give you an example of such idiocy...
... a public service announcement went out to our cozy little social ride last night that said something like...
Let's merge the A and B rides so we can all ride slow together until March.
I didn't think it would go well, but hoped it would.
As one of the tribe elders, I arrived early and proceeded to pontificate on the virtues of riding together.
There was a long, stoic silence...
... followed by hooting and hollering, Yeah... right. We don't trust you guys!
Off they went.
Leaving me, on my gravel bike, to fend for myself amongst the hungry A lions.
We're gonna go easy right fellas?... set a good example so the B's believe our earnestness and solidarity in commitment to winter base miles?
An Of Course Old Diesel carol, warmed my Christmas heart. I would survive and have many more social paced rides this winter. Today would be a new beginning, and new era for the Tuesday Morning World Champions.
Alas, there are no gifts in cycling... especially within 12 days of Christmas.
None at all.
It was blistering from the get go, and I was rudely ejected on the second to last climb... aka The Wall.
On a related note, Bob P stopped by today and introduced himself.
I'm Bob, we met on Creek To Peak a few years ago. I've been reading your blog ever since.
That's awesome. Thanks man.
Sure... I'm here to get my wife a Christmas present.
Not for her, for her to give to me.
Which reminded me I could give myself a gift, too... Ya know Diesel, you could just roll over at 5am next week and do your own easy ride a little later...
... but we all know I need my weekly lashings, offseason or not.
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While supplies last.
Stretch and HyperVold
7 hrs sleep