This morning I woke up nervous. I had a group ride planned for 10am and I didn't know what to expect. My previous group ride experience has not been positive. Mostly I had been snobbed out, clearly not a pure cyclist and all. Today though I came in knowing someone (my new training buddy!) so I decided to brave it.
I got out there and warmed up a bit with my friend and his friend, two fellow triathletes, and then we joined the peloton. I was still a bit out of place, and a bit out of shape comparatively, but definitely not as ridiculously so as the last time. The group leader, a hugely ripped guy everyone calls "Crank", spent the first few miles coaching me, sometimes actually pushing me along as he rode next to me. I was embarrassed at first, but eventually I was just grateful. About 10 miles in, me and my two buds (Brad and Danny) broke off and added another 8 or so miles on our own.
We hit up Potbelly's for a post workout lunch and to hang out a bit after. All and all it was a pretty great ride and workout. Brad and I are meeting tomorrow to run, and I am excited to have a new workout buddy.
Post ride photoshoot -->