Tonight was the night and nothing was going to get in the way of me joining the cycling group for my first real ride ... not even the rain that came down ... twice before 6pm...
Okay. There's nothing more nerve racking then joining 8 other guys for a ride ... who obviously have some experience... and dressed like they were part of Lance Armstrong's peloton. But, before I knew it we were on the road. First mile was just making our way north through Fargo to hit up the old highways. I was a little nervous when we had to clip out to stop at one of the busiest 4 lane roads and then try to cross it without a light. Yikes!
Once out on the open highway, it was beautiful. The sun was starting to drop in the west, the fields were so green. There was a heavy northwest wind the could knock a person off their bike and into the ditch. It was a nice challenge.
A few miles later we turned and headed east, towards NDSU. I was afraid passing the landfill was going to be bad, but it didn't compare to passing whatever the hell that complex was near the U. Smelled like shit. Cow shit. Absolute cow shit.
Shortly there after, we were heading south again, through downtown Fargo and then west again back to where we started. It was beautiful. The weather was beautiful. The ride was wonderful! It was nice to know that the knew girl wasn't holding up the regulars! There were a couple stragglers behind me!
I am looking forward to joining the group again.
Tomorrow is a REST and PREP for the half marathon! Ready or not, here it comes!Finish strong, y'all!
OCN: 15.1 miles, 1:29:08, averaged 10.1 mph (due to all the in-town riding)