My First Group Ride

Saturday morning, I got up early, and rode to Sellersburg to meet up for the “slowspokes” ride.  They are organized by the Southern Indiana Wheelmen for slower riders.

I met some friendly people, got some tips for my commute to work, then we were off.

The “fast pack” quickly lost me.  I tried to keep up with them, but it didn’t happen.  The slower riders fell far enough behind that I didn’t see them anymore.  I was riding alone.

There was a truck stop along the route that I thought was a regroup area, there was nobody there.

I finished the 28 mile ride without seeing anyone.  The cars for the faster riders were already gone.  Still no sign of the slower riders.

I waited 30 minutes, and with no sign of the slower riders, I rode back home.

I was a bit disappointed that the ride turned out this way, but I still had fun, and enjoyed the route.  The cue sheet was easy to follow, and the route was scenic, if a bit hilly.

2 thoughts on “My First Group Ride”

  1. Hey David,

    I am inspired by your get up and go, I am 60 diabetic, high BP and a disabled vet. However like you I had to do something, At 6 foot and 260 just walking from the house to the shop ( about 30 yards) was geting difficult.

    So, much like you, I have 3 bikes, one road 10 speed, a landrider and a bent (Bike E AT with suspension) I live at the base of a 1/4 mile hill so I ride all three up and down the hill. I also bought a becumbent exercise bike that is programmable and have been putting on 20 to 30 miles a day when not able to ride the bikes.

    I have not tried the ride to work (about 11 miles each way) Lots of hills in both directions. The tems here have been over 100 for a while now so until I am a little more aclimated to it I carry one to work and ride it to lunch and back, 2 to 3 miles.

    I saved your site, will keep in touch now and then, but just wanted to let you know you are not alone, in this way to change fitness, without going radical.

    I have 4000 songs on my Ipod so if you have something from the 60s or 70s you are looking for let me know, I can put it up on my site for download now and then..

    Stay safe,

    Rick Greenwood
    Oklahoma City

  2. Rick,

    I found the hardest part is to start doing it. Once I get into a ride, finishing it isn’t an issue. I sometimes have trouble getting motivated in the morning. Today, I couldn’t bring myself to get on the bike, so I drove to work.

    Good luck with your goals. With perseverance you can get there.

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