The humble cycling computer…
If you don’t know how fast you’re going, you have no idea whether you’re crushing the wills of your friends, doing them right, or babying them. Worse, you have no way of tempering your pace when you are riding with slower cyclists so you don’t bury them.
I capped off a perfect week of cycling with an easy club ride yesterday followed by a cookout/potluck for the club in my backyard. We had one of the craziest mixes of cyclists I’ve ever ridden with – four B’s, three C’s, a D and two E’ s (!). Heading into the wind, it was easy to keep the pace reasonable and I took advantage of the best characteristic of a strong headwind: It kills those at the front while the cyclists in the back get an awesome free ride. My first turn at the front, in a double pace line, lasted ten miles. I never rode at the back, but that’s the way it’s supposed to be.
After we got the whole group out of the headwind we split the group up. B’s and C’s in one group, D and E’s in the other – and we picked up the pace.
Before long it was tailwind time and it was all good all the way home. We ended up with 35-1/2 miles at 17.8 mph – an excellent, moderate to easy ride to cap off a perfect 250 mile week.
Then there was the cookout after. Burgers, hotdogs, garden burgers, coleslaw, salads and desert…. and fellowship.