Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Ride this morning

I rode this morning with a new person. Riding with new people is always a little awkward because you don't know who they are, how much they ride, how fast they are, how much they like the color of your bike, and so forth. This person was incredibly friendly and I have nothing but good things to report about him.

This is how the actual ride went... We meet at the corner at 6:30am sharp. He says lets do a bit of a warm up before the sprint sets (this was discussed earlier and all part of the plan). He starts pedaling with ease while I'm sucking wind trying just to keep up. I kept up and even pretended not to be out of breath.

For the sprint set we were planning on doing 30second sprints followed by 30seconds of rest. All I can say is that every time we started a sprint he dropped the hammer and rode like a bat out of hell. Here is my favorite quote from him after the 6th sprint "Yeah, the first ones are hard because you aren't warmed up enough so you can't really put a full effort into it." I translated it in my head as... We have have two to more sets of sprints after we finish this set so I'm planning on going faster on the next set of 10. I think he assumed I was holding back too. Reality was I was trying not to choke on my own spit from breathing so hard.

So it went on like this for awhile. By the end, I was using the 30 second rest to catch up to him. Let me tell you it stinks when you catch up just in time to have another sprint.

I got home and then decided to take the bus into school rather than ride my bike. ha.

But it was fun going fast, and it always helps to ride with stronger people than yourself. I hope we can ride together enough times for me to feel comfortable keeping up with him.

oh.... and school is like a stinky pig face. How's that for a simile. There's nothing like spending tons of time ( a whole year) doing a project for an advisor who suddenly decides the original idea isn't worth a grain of salt. ughhh. Grad school is like a grumpy toilet that smells odd. I'm glad I switched advisers ...... end rant

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