|Trace The Mitten|
Each year the Southeast Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club conducts three rides 42, 22, 4 miles each. Two years ago I did the 22 mile . This year I wanted to do the 42 mile. This would be my longest ride of this season. The route is all in an urban setting on city streets with traffic and bumpy road conditions. The riders divide into a fast and slow group (16-18 and 12-15 respectfully).
Why do I say a challenge ?
I usually ride by myself and at a slower pace; would I be able to keep up with the group? If I was going by myself I would be able to complete it at my own pace. I realized after the ride that I was intense on my focus to ride and not the scenery, but I think that the rain and the uneven road surface contributed to my focus. Now I must add another factor: riding in a large group that stayed very close together. We had not ridden together and we were not familiar with each others' habits. I am not greatly practiced with group riding.. Luckily I brought my mirror.
What to take?
Backpack with hydration bag 100 ounces and hydration drink (grape juice + water 50/50)
snack bars for energy (protein and granola),
tube, tire patches, tire levers and pump.
What did I learn and take away from this ride?
I want to do it again and see things that I missed this year. I got a great view of the city of Detroit.
I was up to the challenge. Relax and enjoy the ride more next time.
I appreciated the hard work of our leaders who showed us the way and stopped traffic.
I appreciated the support staff who was there to fix any difficulties.
It continues to be hard to ride and talk. I was concentrating on my breathing and talking is demanding.
Another example of handling riding in the rain.
This was a great, interesting group of people to ride with.
Cycling in the rain is still fun.