Wednesday, April 18, 2018

much less than 1000 words

Another Sunday, another training ride. Counting the miles to the ride meetup, thirty-two miles.

And again I didn't take a single picture. But it was a good ride. My legs are getting stronger after having lost stamina during a protracted cold. Last year, when I did this same route, I had trouble with certain sections. This year, I just cruised through them. It did help that I was following an enthusiastic group as well. I didn't even have too much trouble with the headwind that featured on about half of the route.

In addition to everything else, I had an epiphany. It wasn't a Paul-on-the-road-to-Damascus moment, but it felt important anyway.

For years now, many people have been telling me "pedal in circles. No, really, circles." My initial response was "What the heck does that mean?"
A circle. Just in case this needed illustration.
Finally I got it, and I realized why people couldn't describe what they meant. It's not really a circle; it's more of an ovoid shape. At least for me it is. When I figured it out, two things occurred to me. One was the realization that I could put out half to two-thirds the effort for the same amount of progress. The other was a palm-to-forehead feeling because I hadn't understood the concept of pedaling in circles before.

So...thanks to our ride leader Jen who made the concept understandable. I'm still not going to clip in even though she said it would be more effective. I mean, really: I'm not crazy enough to attach myself to something that might fall over at any moment.

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