WE HAVE A LONG STANDING TRADITION. We don't wait for anyone, ever. If the ride starts at 630, few are there much earlier...
... no one is there at 6:30:01.
It's called respect.
Here's the bonus.
Knowing we are leaving on time, is a fantastic opportunity to practice race day.
- Warm up
- Get to start
Which is great when things are normal.
But, shift happens.
Kids keep us up,
work is busy,
More often than we'd like,
we are riding late...
- No warm up
- Race to the start
... just like how many races commence.
We aren't doing ourselves any favors,
if we aren't prepared for the races,
which are full gas,
out the gate.
Sometimes, it's just good to throw the clothes on, grab the bottles, shove the glasses and helmet into place...
... get out the door,
pedal like heck.
Many, nearly all, off road races I do - MTB and Gravel - have staging corrals. It pays to get their early, to line up at the front. Even if I warm up, I'm gonna be standing 15-30 minutes before the gun sounds. I'm back and forth on if the warm up helps.
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