|This is my Seven Cycles 622 SLX
Today was the first time in over a year that I had the privileged to ride with the PCP Race Team
. I have not done much road cycling since March 17, 2014. I started bike commuting on my new bike December 2, 2014. Today was my first day back in the Orange Eagles School of Cycling and I was excited.
Why do I call this group the Orange Eagles? When I was riding with them today I thought about the saying “How can you soar with eagles when you are surrounded by turkeys”. This statement reflects a negative attitude, so I was thinking about restoring the statement with my training. I want to soar with eagles, but first I had to find some eagles to soar with, then I need to train so that I can fly with them.
|Kent Wheeler took this photo of me on the ride.
Michele Moulton says we were going 23 MPH.
Today was another “Sling Shot” ride for me. That is where I use the PCP Race team to get me way out in the middle of nowhere and when I get dropped, I ride home. Now to some of you reading this it may sound harsh, but it is intentional. I want to be a stronger rider because I want to ride longer distances like 300 miles, so I really need to train and who better to train with but a race team. My goal is to ride long distances so my training is ride as fast as I can with the race team until I am almost out of energy and then see how far I can ride.
My training methods are intentional just like my open declaration to coaches, Michele Moulton
and Kent Wheeler
that I am coachable and I want to become a better cyclist. Once I did this then I have now opened up a realm where Michele can tell me to quite looking at my cycling computer and focus on closing the gap during a ride. I have Chip Battle
encouraging me to get back on the wheel to stay with the pace line. Yeah it is going to take a village to get me to a point where I can finish a ride with the PCP race team, but I am ready for the challenge.
I kept up with the PCP Race team for 56 miles before my legs told me that had enough. My last ride with the PCP Race Team, back in October 2013, I kept pace for 30 miles, so for me staying with the group for 56 miles is a personal best. My plan was to stop at Bronwood, but Michele told me that I could make it to Smithville, I was doubtful about this, but I listened and heeded the encouragement. At one point during the ride I started to get really tired and I felt like slowing down and “dropping myself” out of the pace line. I saw the wheel in front of me slowly creeping away when I heard Kent from behind me say, “Lonnie, keep it up and he passed me and dropped in front of me and that was all I needed to stay in the pace line. Coaching is an art, not everybody is good at it, but there are some good coaches in the PCP Race Team. I am glad that I have found an environment where I can grow as a cyclist.
I am grateful to live in a town with a group of cyclist that know how to ride and are willing to help me become a better and stronger rider while also having fun. Right now I find it difficult to be able to ride and talk at the same time when I am riding with the PCP Race Team. Over time I know that I will get stronger and more confident with my riding ability. When you see me later next year riding and talking you will know that the coaching and training are working.