Sunday, June 1, 2014

SART Sunday 6/1/14

41 miles with Gina, 15.4 average. Not bad considering Gina got lost on the detour. OK, how does one get lost riding 5 feet behind ME, Gina did it ha ha ha! Also I had a migraine yesterday so today I was feeling too happy so anytime Gina needed to slow the pace a bit, I was more than willing he he he! Oh I Hate migraines!  Complete stories in the near future and a short video, maybe on the video, not much footage.

Well a few weeks back we brought you a picture of Alan giving his speech to Gina on the importance of nasal strips. This weekend, we brought you his wife Tammy giving her speech on the importance of disengaging from the pedals before one stops on the bike. Or even making an "attempt" to disengage before stopping ha ha ha! Strange things happen, story later but she's OK. It was a ZERO MPH fall, or roll, or whatever it was ha ha! We can laugh cause she's OK.

OK, so I had second thoughts about posting this story or video but you know what, let's do it! I get tired of playing Mr. Nice guy so here is the sucky side of a rider ha ha! Tammy has the guts to say what she thought about this guy, so hey, I might as well tell the story. So this guy passes us as we regroup at the end of the detour (heading South). No problem, go by, we're having our ride go have yours, enjoy! So we regroup after we courteously move tot he side so the guy can go around as we safely regroup.

So we head on our way and the guy in the blue jersey blows by. Anybody and everybody knows that if someone passes me, I kindly move aside and let them be on their way. I refuse to interfere with another rider's ride, especially uninvited. So the blue jersey takes off like a bat out of hell and we are quickly far behind. So we continue on our way. Maybe a mile later I see the guy has faded and we are gaining ground on him. Like many times while gaining on other riders, we continue our pace but we are still gaining. So we pretty much close a gap of maybe 100 yards since the guy has faded. About 20 yards back I see the guy look back then take off like a bat out of hell again. Still we just ride. This cycle repeats itself and this time, I wonder why the guy keeps looking back at us like he thinks we are racing him, we're not. 

So over a course of 8 miles he fades then shoots off, fades then shoots off, Ummm OK! Obviously the guy is outdoing himself trying to stay ahead of us ha ha! At this point, the three of us are looking at each other like, "what's up with this fool?". Finally the guy can't hold his own anymore so we roll by him on his left in a courteous manner. So now, the dude decides he is going to pedal his ass off to try to keep our pace but he can't. So he fades back a bit but still continues to hold a pace he obviously can't but in the process block Tammy out of her position. He stays on her side and forces her into oncoming traffic.

At this point Tammy gets a bit upset with the guy so she shoots up and sits on my side for a bit and says "Hi Fred."  This was her way of pulling away from the guy dropping him like a hot potato in a manner that says,"I could drop your ass at any time buddy!". So she drifts back to her position as the guy struggles to hold on and recuperate. I look back and see that  the guy is on our wheels. This is where I get attitude. I hate when you are riding around another rider that acts like you're racing and makes it clear they don't want you on their wheel. You let them ride away and they look back like "ha ha you can't hold my wheel". Uhh yeah OK! So once they fade again and you roll by once more, they want to be on your wheel sucking for a second , third, even fifth life.

Well  you know me. I got this guy who thinks he's a bad ass, Mr. Macho that just can't have a couple women pass him decide he needs to take our wheels cause he's not as strong as what he thought ha ha! So I reach back and turn on my rear recorder. Oh sure, that got him off our wheels ha ha! Now all of a sudden he has a second life and now he plans to sprint around us to show just how strong he really is (after fading several times he he he). So now he tries to shoot around us, well it was kind of a weak sprint but I believe that was his intention, to leave us far behind. So we just kicked it up a bit and watched him pedal like nobody's business to try to pull away. He even did that "turn the head slightly to see I am too strong for everybody else" look ha ha! Sorry buddy, we're still here. Pretty sure if we ran you down time after time for 8 miles, we'd run you down pretty much anytime we felt like it ha ha!

So anyway, we were doing a decent pace and Tammy who has been training for the Iron Man in November could have easily dropped you like a hot potato but was wise and stuck to her training plan like any well disciplined athlete.

I guess one of the main reasons why I decided to post this is because of the many times we have had a small group of women that have been, what's the word? Bullied? by male riders. If you see a group of riders passing you and you're like this really really big strong man, please don't force one of the female riders out of their position or it just may be you looking foolish in my next video ha ha!

I will end in saying, there are so many good riders out there but it's those sucky ones, too many sucky ones that make things dangerous for the rest of us. ;-)

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