Sunday, March 7, 2010

Riding With the Dorktor

Yesterday was a beautiful day for a ride. I ended up down in Jackson on the Falling Water Trail. It was a bit crowded for my liking, but it's nice sometimes to not have to worry about finding a route, traffic, getting lost, etc. And for early spring when mountain bike trails aren't really an option, I've found a bike path is a godsend. If you're with another person, it's also nice to be able to ride two abreast and talk while you're riding, which is something I don't feel very comfortable doing on the road.

As it turned out, I was riding with someone yesterday. It happened to be my first time riding with our friend David. He's an eye doctor and I like to call him "the dorktor." The dorktor is a runner and is in pretty good shape, so I knew he wouldn't have any trouble keeping up with me. I did, however, have to give him a list of things (e.g., buy a helmet, remove his kickstand) he had to do before I would ride with him. As you can see, I didn't hold him to the helmet thing. After he begged me to let him ride with me, I gave in out of pity, but let him know in no uncertain terms that I wouldn't ignore the helmet rule for long. 

It was really pleasant to ride with someone else for a change. I haven't ridden with another person since the fall and it gets boring to just have yourself for company after a while, particularly when your dog has eaten your MP3 player. The other thing that I'm kind of ashamed to admit is that it's fun to ride and talk about bike stuff with someone who doesn't really know much about bikes, bike gear and riding. I'm always around people who know far more about this kind of stuff than I do and it feels good to be the expert for a change.

We ended up with about 25 miles, which is the longest ride I've done in a while. I felt pretty good, but I'm certainly not in the shape I was last year at this time, which concerns me a bit since it's only three weeks until Barry-Roubaix.


Anonymous said...

I think you need to get your bike maintaince man out there. He should be in good shape after working out all winter...DG

Ali B. said...

Dorktor... I like that. :) 25 miles. That's 25 miles more than me. aye! I'm thinking TODAY is the day. I think I said that yesterday too.

Ali B. said...

Andrea... do most ride cross bikes at Barry? I have zero knowledge of this race. Probably the less the better for my nervous stomach. Boy, I really need to get spinning. OH, and HOW hilly is it???

Jake said...

Funny that you mentioned the helmet. When we passed you guys that was the first thing that was commented on by Sheila was the guy without the helmet.

We had about eight people at the start of the ride, but lost four along the way.