Last nights bicycle ride – The Wednesday Night Jam

Dated: August 27 2021

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I look forward to the Wednesday Night Jam, a ‘unofficial bicycle’ race – which consists of many guys in Cat 1/2, and lots of guys with good fitness from Cat 3 to 5. I begin thinking about it on Tuesday … I remember not to get up too early Wednesday morning. I restrain myself from going for a run. I think about what I’m going to eat … how I can best fuel my body so I’m ready for the 6pm bell at the top of Edworthy.

Early today Bill Q said he could not make it tonight due to a school council meeting. (I was tempted to make a snide remark about working in education – but thought I’m not really that witty.) Teachers work so freaking hard – and are so under appreciated by many. I miss Bill. He’s my age … and we’re about equally fast. (I’m refrain from saying slow – as I’m told ‘mindset’ is everything.)

About 5:20pm … I felt really good. I quickly donned my kit, swapped out my wheels from my TT bike on to my road steed. Riding to the top of Edworthy from Marda Loop, I ran into Warren M … who made me scream Spruce Cliff Drive as I asked him questions about training (I pretended that I was going my normal pace). He will do Bikes on Broadway this weekend, so was doing his own solo preparation for that event.

Ryan R. rang the bell at 6pm & away we went.

Nervous energy … people began to settle into where they fit in the group.

I found myself at the front … which is not a good thing. The older I get, the longer it takes me to warm-up.

The pace was significantly slower than pass weeks at the normal – first separation on Springbank Road. It was still slow on the downhill and curvy curves. (Dang, those are fun.)

Ryan and I found ourselves with a big gap on the group descending the hill prior to the first hill on Airport Road. Well, I was feeling good … I thought I could ride up that hill prior to the group … and hang on at least to the Airport.

Hanging onto Robert C's wheel

Hanging onto Robert C’s wheel

Wrong. I was left quickly. Everybody was gone except Ryan and I … way off the back. I took a 2nd look … thinking that at least the only girl Kailee B. in our group of about 20 or 25 would be back there somewhere. WRONG. I worked quite hard – thinking I would catch the group … as they disappeared.

Soon Ryan circled back to Calgary. I had ambitious thoughts of riding solo to Cochrane – perhaps I would catch some straglers at 22X. (Nope – looks like everyone stayed together.?) However, these days I hate riding solo.

I settled into an aerobic pace in TT position … and was just riding along enjoying myself when Robert C. appeared from behind. I stuck his wheel … and we had a super ride to 22X then back to Calgary.

It was fun.

Next week will be better. I’m going to get up that first hill in Springbank with the group.



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