I try to get together with a couple friends three days a week to ride our bikes. We started up about a month ago but due to my schedule, I’ve missed a couple days.
Last week I set a new goal for myself to reach a certain point of the road we ride. Well, Friday I was in a very important meeting and couldn’t make it…no worries, I’ll do it Monday.
Monday came and I was scheduled for a ride-a-long with the local sheriff deputy, part of my duties as a volunteer chaplain. I had planned on doing a half day then hitting the rode with my homies.
God had other plans.
I was needed during a call and subsequent investigation to help the deputies further. No worries, that’s why I signed up!
Wednesday comes and my schedule is free to ride! Time to meet the new goal!
Now the road we ride is a gradual uphill, I’m not fond of uphill riding per say, I like a bit of a mix.
You may be thinking, “Hey, that means its downhill all the way back!”
You’ve heard the expression, ‘Uphill both ways’?
This course is not that, but it does have wind. And when I say wind, I’m not talking about a pleasant breeze beeping us cool on the ride. I’m talking about 30-40 mph with gusts above 50!
My wife and I saw a guy one time riding downhill and she asked me why he was pedaling if he was going downhill, why not coast?
Headwind! All I can say is headwind!
On the route my buddies and I roll on, we get a bit of a tailwind when we take off, a lot of crosswind, and then the headwind on the way back.
One stretch the other day where, with little or no headwind I can coast at around 20 mph, I had to gear down at only hit 8 or 9 mph!
Its windy again today, so I’m expecting the same workout.
Oh, and about hitting my goal, I did hit it and went up to the top of the hill past it, partly because one of my friends is old enough to be my dad and he passed me while I waited at my goal spot!
Exercise is good, doing it with friends is better, being passed by an old man…priceless!
I wanna be like Gary when I grow up!
As he said the other day, “What? OLD?”
Yeah, old and passing younger guys on hills, motivating them to do their best!
This is one thing I have to do with socks on though!