This week’s club ride featured a meandering ride through the Holland Marsh. I would characterize it as a bit of an unclear ride through farmland and some rural industrial areas. In that way, it reminded me of some aspects of my tour of Vietnam. Though, I have to say, I did not have to dodge stray livestock and herds of cattle. We passed some canals, got several views of the 400 highway, passed a tractor, and met with many courteous drivers.
As for the ride, it was a beautiful day and my group was quite fun and friendly. The pace was good and the weather was beautiful; not too hot and not too cold, but bright and sunny. Every rider in the group remarked on it at some point.
There was a new club member there and he had a bit of tough time with it. I tried to draft for him, but he was a bit nervous about being on my wheel. I can’t say I blame him. He had a nice new Trek bike and a whole pile of Trek gear on. Unfortunately, he didn’t have clipless pedals and suffered for it.
The ride leader was lucky enough to be on an ebike. When I tried matching his cadence on an uphill section I found myself falling back terribly. Lucky enough gravity was on my side on the downhill sections. That is how I came to set my current speed record for this year that you can see in the picture above. I did have a minor wobble and question whether the speed is worth it–but then I forgot my questions and enjoyed the speed again.
As a last word, this week was better than last week. All told, I rode about 76kms with an average speed of 24km/hr. By the end, I was lagging, but doing okay. My slightly altered cleat position meant that my cycling shoes and socks were no longer getting dirty from the chain. My body is still sore, but not nearly as sore as it was last week. I won’t call it Perfect, but I am satisfied.