Group Riding

Today was my first experience with a group ride.  There were about 8 of us that left for our ride at 7 this morning with the intention of completing a 40 mile “training” ride.  During this ride I was exposed for the first time to the art of “drafting”, given pointers as I went, and feeling the difference that drafting can make.

The ride went well.  A flat tire for one rider, quickly fixed and we were on our way again.  For me, the pace was higher than I would have ridden had I been alone.  Although I was able to keep up along much of the way, the hills really slowed me down.  Bottom line – the pace, perhaps the heat, perhaps improper nutrition prior to the ride, or whatever — this 40 mile ride kicked my butt.

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