Tonight I had my first ride with the Thursday riding group. I had emailed Nancy after Tuesday's ride asking her if I was too new to ride with this group and she said no. She may be rethinking that. Up to now I've done pretty easy rides, flats mostly trying to get used to the bike and rid of my fear. Fear that at my age is not easy to rid myself of. On Tuesday I tackled my first hill and was pretty darn happy about it. Tonight, completely different! I should also mention that we were supposed to go out on Saturday to do some one on one biking but she was sick with the flu and canceled so I'm still riding blind.
I have driven on the side roads around here and they are pretty hilly but I'm usually going north/south, I stupidly figured that there wouldn't be alot of hills on going east/west. I joined the group at Walkers Line and Dundas and we headed out, I was the sweep, shocking right. I barely made it up the flipping hill at Walkers to Sideroad #2 and had to stop to get some water, and take a rest. The first downhill looked to me like a flipping ride at Wonderland so I also needed to get my head in the game. I headed out and braked my way down the hill, big mistake cause as soon as you get to the bottom you're going UP again. WTF BBQ? I did all the hills over to Appleby Line and contemplated my options. Nancy had said she had a 'surprise for us' on Sideroad #4 and even the avid cyclers were groaning at the hill. My legs were already toast and I was questioning whether I'd even make it back, nevermind up Appleby Line and across #4 so I told her that was it for me. I headed back and had to walk up two of the hills before I got back to Walkers Line, the walk of shame. A lovely gentleman (triathlete) was out for a 'joy ride' and was riding back with me giving me pointers and waiting patiently for me as I trudged up the hills which is not easy in those damn shoes I might add. We headed back down to the start and I am happy to say I didn't brake on any hills, nor did I walk. Slight redemption there. The bike I am riding is cool and I get loads of comments on it but I can't for the life of me tell you which gear I'm in or how to 'gear down, gear down!!!!'. I am getting the hang of how to make it easier, stay with me folks, this is really technical but sometimes when I press the gear thingys to make it easier nothing happens, I'm just hitting buttons and levers. That guy tried to show me and he said 'oh you have strange gears'.
Next week we are doing hill repeats at Snake Road, she even put 'woohoo' in the email.. really? woohoo? really?
I've had a hot hot hot bath with my new best friend Epsom salts and am hoping I can walk tomorrow. After riding on Tuesday, then running, then bootcamp last night, which also kicked my ass by the way (thanks Tawnya) I may not make it into work tomorrow. Anyone got a wheelchair I can borrow?