Hi, Evedybody! (Hi, Dr. Nick!!!)
John and I had a great ride today up here in North County. That “warmed us up” for our Saturday group ride. After a gorgeous day today (that also warmed up towards the end of the ride up here), the Weather Lady (WL) is now predicting partly cloudy skies and 65-ish degrees in the Mission Bay area this Saturday, May 27, so let’s ride the Mission Bay Loop. We can add the Rose Canyon/UCSD or the Presidio/North Park optional side loop if anyone is interested in adding some miles and some climbing (especially the Presidio route). We’ll discuss the optional side route alternatives before the ride on Saturday. Another reason for choosing this route is the fact that it’s Memorial Day weekend. Yeah, that sounds like an oxymoron due to the potential for lots of visitors at Mission Bay Park and other locales. But the logic for this route is that we can always ride on the roads or otherwise modify the route if the bike path is too crowded. That’s the logic, so don’t come after me if it’s wrong. I’ll blame Spock…or Sheldon Cooper! We’ll start at Robb Field at 10:00 again, so please arrive at 9:30 or so to set up and talk trikes (and bikes, and velomobiles…). As usual, please LET ME KNOW IF YOU PLAN TO RIDE WITH US AND/OR IF YOU’RE RUNNING LATE. This is important so we can make sure we don’t leave without you. Remember, this is a recreational ride, so no one gets left behind. If you know the route and want to ride on up ahead, please let someone know so we don’t send out a rescue party when we discover you’re missing. If you’re struggling, or have a mechanical failure, or are otherwise unable to keep up or continue on any of our rides, just let someone know and at least one other experienced rider will stay with you to help you get back in the saddle again, or to guide you back to the starting point as you prefer
The WL says it’s going to be seasonal (+/-) weather this weekend, so dress in layers to keep in tune with current conditions. Also, anyone can dehydrate on any ride, in any weather, so bring plenty of water and/or NRG drinks. Bring snacks for a boost along the way, and bring flat repair kits and other tools you may need, sun protection, and anything else you might want to make this an enjoyable ride. Keep in mind, we are not an official cycling club at this point, but all riders are required to wear helmets, obey all traffic rules/laws, yield to pedestrians, and be otherwise be safe when riding with us. But a key point is that we are riding to have fun, and get some exercise while we’re at it. .
**Please keep in mind that you’re not going to be dropped (left behind) if you can’t keep up on our rides. On the other hand, you won’t improve your riding skills or your health if you don’t push yourself at least a little each time you ride, whether with our group or on your own. That is not to say that you should overdo it! By all means, take breaks when you need them, and listen to your body! But make sure someone else knows what you’re doing if you’re in a group. It may take time for you to notice improved skills, weight loss, faster average riding times, or other benefits of working harder, but it’ll happen. Always simply coasting along or relying on your granny gears in all conditions is not going to help you keep up with the “big dogs” when the going gets tough. (It’s a good thing to be able to keep away from the real big dogs, too.) When crossing some intersections or in other potentially hazardous situations, you need to be able to move quickly out of harm’s way. Also, it’s difficult for another rider to help you ride your own steed up a hill when you’re struggling. The other rider will just be able to stay with you and give moral support. Bottom line: working at improving every time you ride will help you in a lot of ways.**
Robb Field is at the terminus of Bacon Street in Ocean Beach. We park across from the tennis courts, a bit past the ball fields. If you need further directions to the starting point, send me an email or a text message and I’ll give you all the gory details separately. Alternatively, check with your favorite on-line mapping site, like Google Maps, MapQuest, etc.
Several of our regular riders have already confirmed they’ll be riding with us. Let’s try to make it a really big group this time. New riders, even on upwrong bicycles, are always welcome, so bring your friends and families. I hope to see y’all out there on Saturday!
Bye, Evedybody! (Bye, Dr. Nick!!!)
Terry Hoppy Dean
T. Ryx Recumbent Trikes
1322 E. Mission Road
San Marcos, CA 92069
Email: tcd (Please note this new email address. Hoppy is no longer active.)
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