My preparation for the D2R2 this past three weeks has not gone as planned. Yes, I did get in a few rides including a 50 miler, but not as much as I wanted. Why? Well my wife decided to take these past three weeks for vacation. This meant less time on the bike and more on the the honey do list. In the past two weeks we have powerwashed, cleaned and repainted our deck and railings, and took the siding off our old shed and re-sided it. My son also had surgery for a deviated septum so more time was lost. Yes, life happens. Despite what we want, life does not revolve around bicycling.
Am I ready? Yes. I am looking forward to riding this year. I updated the rear cassette for better climbing gearing, and I went down to 1.5 in wide semi road slick tires from the 1.75 knobbies I rode last time. I may not be in the best shape weight wise, but I can’t do much about it now. I also know that I will not go out hard like I did last time and have learned from my past mistakes. I expect to be out on the road all day. I want to get an early start and not push it. I will just take my time and try to enjoy the ride as much as possible. I will let you know how I do
So Why Do Roadies Seem Stuck Up?
The last three weeks I have been riding my mountain bike on the road. I have semi-road slicks on it plus skinnier tires. This is for my D2R2 preparation. When I am out on my bike I acknowledge other riders, a kindred spirit. On my road bike both mountain bikers and roadies wave back or say hello. I even had a flat on my road bike and a fellow road biker helped me out. Now let’s turn to my mountain bike. I wave or acknowledge other riders, mountain bikers return the wave, but a lot of roadies think it is beneath them to acknowledge me. WTF? Now I can understand why some mountain bike riders say that roadies suck. I try to tell them they are over generalizing, but are they? I don’t know.
Until next time, keep pedaling.