things I learned on the Tuesday nighter

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The Tuesday nighter is a weekly informal training ride held in southeast Austin, relatively close to my office. I rode it today for the first time. I had lots of time to reflect during the hour and twenty minutes of pedaling.

  • The difference between riding and racing (or at least training to race) is about five miles an hour. Increasing from 10 to 15 miles an hour is a piece of cake. Going from 15 to 20 means Travis gets left behind.
  • Ten minutes on the bike doesn't count as a warmup.
  • If you can't keep up with the pack and don't know the route, it's a good idea to have a copy of the map with you. Otherwise, you might end up inventing your own and end up at Slaughter and I-35 next to Home Depot.
  • There is some really pretty country east of Austin. I've often driven 183 south and east toward Lockhart, but I'd never been on Old Lockhart Road before. Had I not ridden today, I might never have learned that there is a wild game ranch out that way.
  • Riding on a road without a huge shoulder is not as frightening as I thought, at least as long as the traffic is light. It turns out people don't really want to run you over.
  • My dream of being 20% faster by Saturday is likely to remain just a dream. Maybe I can bring a tow rope to my first road race.

Even though I got dropped in about the first two miles, I'm going to give it another shot sometime. Once the days get longer, I should be able to leave the car in the parking garage and ride to the starting point as a warmup. Also, I need to get some more base miles in and develop the ability to keep up with a group. Maybe by the end of the summer I'll be able to maintain the pace.


Mike said:
"...end up at Slaughter and I-35 next to Home Depot."

Hilarious! I do that intentionally sometimes. Explore, that is, not ride to Home Depot...unless I'm picking up some 2x4s to block several lanes on traffic on my ride home.

Greg said:

Yes, the "Austin World Championship" can be tough to start out on. An ex-racer, I now struggle to keep up with a ride that used to be just a fun game. If you keep up the cruising miles, plus add some anaerobic threshold training, you'll be able to comfortably sit in the pack. (I'll try to stay on your wheel.)

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