It’s been a while since I’ve done a group ride. June was a little hectic for me for several reasons, so biking wasn’t the first thing on my mind. This weekend was the first time this summer to actually get a ride in, so I seized the opportunity. I went on the City Bikes Ladies Ride.
The ride starts at 10:30 am, which is, for me, a respectable time to begin. I got a decent amount of sleep, ate a good breakfast (oatmeal with my favorite toppings), drank some water, and was pretty much well prepared when I went out the door and rode to the shop.
There were five of us who rode, including the ride leader. I was keeping the pace and feeling pretty good, until we did a sprint. Even that wasn’t so bad– I was far behind, but I wasn’t out of sight of the front.
Unfortunately, after the sprint, I developed a wicked case of heartburn, which lasted for the rest of the ride and all the way home. It was so bad that I got dropped from the pack and couldn’t recover, and the ride leader at one point had to go back and find me. I think the heartburn was caused by the electrolyte solution I added to my water– I think I put too much in for the amount of water I put in my Camelbak. I’ll measure it out more precisely and put less in next time. At least I didn’t cramp at all!
I was disappointed with my performance, but quite pleased with the ride in general. I felt like the overall pace was manageable for me– just enough to be challenging, but not so far out of my range to be discouraging. And the women I rode with were friendly, too. After the ride, we went to a coffee shop and chatted for a while. That was nice.
I think this may be my go-to training ride for the season.