May 10, 2005
The Gopher Wheelmen Know how to roll!
Tonight I rode with the Gopher Wheelmen club. The ride was 35 miles and fast, with an average speed above 20mph for the whole ride. When I finished I thought that I really had a good workout and was happy I was able to hang with them the whole way. Even on the 30 mph sprints. Then when I got back to County Cycles, one woman said that this was a 'slow ride for this group!' Haha, I cringe to think about their faster ride. I might try it some Tuesday night to see how fast it gets.
I think this ride went ok for me because I took in a lot of fuel today. I ate breakfast plus two lunches plus a snack right before the ride. When we finished the ride I finished off a bottle of gatorade and a clif bar. Then I proceeded to ride the 10 miles home.
It was a good experience, but I realized that this is the second night in a row I've been riding in the rain!
Someone threw a bag of glass bottles at us and hit one of the guys, then the bag crashed in a glass shattering explosion onto the ground in the middle of our group. Dan gets the hero of the day award for chasing the car down to get their license number. The guy who was hit called the police and the police looked up their license and were happy he's going to press charges, because they said these guys have had prior incidents of the same thing. Obviously they don't see how dangerous what they did really was.
When I got home I changed clothes right away and then ate again! haha. Then I had a rootbeer float! I love those, especially A&W rootbeer since it reminds me of my childhood summers. We used to live only a block away from an A&W. My grandma used to buy the jugs and bring them home so we got that as a treat. mmm.. Anyway, I ate a huge amount today, but somehow I don't think it's a problem. I'm sure one of the main reasons I did so well on this ride, is that I had enough energy.
Tomorrow is a rest day.
Posted by carl1236 at May 10, 2005 11:25 PM | Cycle Racing
Man, I hope they treat those bastards seriously. That is messed up. And, talk about cowardly! It would make a good posting at Velo Vengeance - get the offender's description out there, anyway.
Oh, man - 20+MPH average with 30MPH sprints for 35 miles sounds insane.
I'm with ya on the A&W nostalgia.
I don't think I'm going to make it to the Depot tonight - again. Maybe I'll surprise myself, though - that would be nice.
Posted by: nathan at May 11, 2005 10:51 AM
An update on the glass-throwing incident: One cop the hit rider talked to said there is basically nothing they can do, because the driver of the vehicle didn't throw the glass and the cyclist couldn't identify the passenger who threw it out the window at him. Basically they wouldn't tell on each other anyway, so they get away with it this time, again. If I hear more about this incident, I'll post it. But so far, this is pretty sad. TCBC has a place to post information about problem drivers also I think.
I read about one person who was fed up with this kind of attitude by the police and started wearing a video camera on her helmet. Of course she probably wouldn't have gotten the vehicle or the incident on video unless she was at ground zero. I was back several bikes and heard the smashing glass like an explosion and I ran over the bag. It freaked me out! Luckily my tires didn't get slashed. But I was too busy trying to watch for braking, slowing down and other signals from the riders around me and didn't see the car's passengers throw anything until the car was speeding away and I ran over the bag.
Posted by: John at May 12, 2005 12:33 AM