it's really all i've been doing the last week or so. i am lucky to have found someone who is doing lots of bike miles and hard bike workouts just like me...hmmmm....maybe we have the same drill sergeant i mean coach.
another shot of charisa from behind (those are the only shots i can get!)
it's great for me, obviously, to chase her around playing (and often losing) the "just keep her in your sights" game. i told charisa that she would just have to play the "hold 'er off" game- in this game, she pretends i am someone behind her closing in and she needs to keep her lead and open the gap.
i find myself asking what it is exactly that i bring to the training table in these types of riding situations, because for me, they happen a lot. i am nearly always the caboose. i am super lucky to have such motivating and challenging training partners, but i want to make sure that THEY get something out of the deal too. i so i ask myself this question a lot:"why do they ride with me?"
well, these are my answers: during rest intervals or easy rides, i am someone fun to talk to. i am a pretty good navigator and know my way around much of san diego county. i'm usually not THAT far behind that it makes the ride unbearable. i often will adapt my ride plans (going super early, or drive to meet someone) to make it convenient for them. and i'm usually in a pretty good and positive mood. i'm also a good confidence booster- for those that spend their time chasing fast boys or riding alone- when they ride with me they see how much they kick ass!
this is not some "woe is me" thing. i've just been thinking and hoping i'm not a total liability. i've had a lot of thinking time lately when i'm OTB (off the back) and just waiting for the next rest stop :). by the way, charisa is going to kick butt at IM Wisconsin. she is STRONG. must be from all the "hold 'er off" workouts.