today's ride was brief, as I am planning to do a hundred tomorrow. but what a morning: I met a handful of friends, and thus we started later than I usually do. seven-thirty start at hogle zoo, which became about a seven-fifty-something start . . . this is not easy for me, as I am a "go get it done" kind of person. chatting, well, can't we do that while we ride? what do you mean, rest at the top, don't we get to rest on the way down? oh, truth, so difficult to face in oneself.
so, one person pealed off and went home at the top of emigration, I continued with the group up to the top of big mountain where one other joined us, and then I left for home while the rest planned to ride to henefer and then back.
there were cyclists everywhere . . . I have never seen quite so many out. I have noticed there are more out this summer than last, but today was like a party. maybe because of the later start, maybe because more people are riding, maybe my eyes are just a little more open.
riding up big mountain I was with andy, who has one of those great toys that tells you all sorts of statistics about yourself and your ride. which was great fun, as he kept me updated as to the grade of the road. I'm into grades: just how hard is this? should I really be in zone 5 right now, or am I being a wimp today? how does this grade compare to what I rode yesterday?
I have toy envy.
so, andy let me know every time we hit one of those 9% grades, as I watched my speed drop from six-point-something to five-point-something . . . I really hate riding in the fives. but the fours are worse, and there are certain stretches of road where I can't even get to 5 mph without killing myself.
so now you know the truth.
I am a tortoise, a faithful, committed, determined, capable tortoise.