I’m Too Slow for You
“I’m too slow for you…”
I hear this every once in a while from people I want to ride with, and it drives me nuts. Apparently I’ve become one of the faster ones, instead of always last. It’s a new experience for me, and I think it’s more to do with the fact that I like to race, more than what my speed is. Perceived versus actual. (I’m not actually fast, just faster)
Here’s the thing though, no one is too slow. If given the opportunity to ride with others really slowly, or go out on a solo ride, I’ll ride with others hands-down. Riding with others makes the ride go by, versus a solo ride when I’m constantly fighting the voice in my head to turn around and go home.
I used to be one of the ones who said I was too slow. I would get super-anxious before a group ride if I hadn’t done it before, wondering how embarrassing it would be when I got dropped immediately, and sometimes I would just head home. In the summer I help lead the slower groups of the weekly women’s ride, and I know that others have that same issue.
Here’s the thing, to get faster and ride better, you have to ride with those that are faster and better than you. This is why I ride with the men’s race group every week and why I look forward to joining the A rides when I’m home. Joining a group outside of your ability will push you and make you a better rider. You’ll become fitter, faster and learn bike handling skills that riding solo will never give you.
So, who wants to ride?