It's been a busy few days trying to catch up with work and I got a little behind with the ACTION Reports. So, let's get started. Big turnout Thursday for the New Albany ride. The very capable ride leader, Jeff S., had all 60 copies of his maps taken and that seemed about the right participant count. 24 A's headed out for a 40 mile route that took us north then east and down Hardscrabble to Raccoon Valley Road and back via Jersey Mill and the flat stretch on old 161. Some climbing going up Castle and elevation was over 1000' so it was not entirely flat.
My new pedals continue to confound me and at every stop I grapple with getting my foot clipped back in, causing me to drop to the back of the pack. Normally, this ideal drafting location is good for me but as soon as the front made the evening's first real acceleration on Miller, the group fractured in numerous places and I was caught way back with way too many gaps to cover. I sat up and soft pedaled and waited for the next group to appear, which was a massive group of B riders led by Dennis, who continues to shamelessly punish these good people.
Our group thinned out and eventually we had 5-6 people, including Catherine, who I hear has ridden little so far but making a good comeback. Back at the parking lot, Todd Mullens told me the front group had maintained a 23.5mph average and that was with the interruption of the stretch through Alexandria.
The forecast for the weekend did not look good so Jeff, Tuna and I rode out of Newark towards Bremen on Friday. To get an idea of the route profile, walk to your basement or garage and find a hand saw. Examine the jagged side....that's it.....the profile of the ride to Bremen. When we arrived in Somerset, my guilt over work that needed finished was nagging at me big time and I left the route for 51 miles while the other two got in 71.
Awoke Saturday to decent weather and a radar that indicated approaching green blobs were diminishing so I joined a very small group of 10-12 who showed for Jeff's Roving Ride. I rode with Susan, Ty Jordan, Tim F, Bob A and a couple others. The approaching green radar blob did not sufficiently dissipate and soon the road was puddled and I was soaked by the time I returned to my car. Probably should not have gone out after 5 straight days of riding but I had wanted to try out a new pair of prototype cycling gloves that were sent to me for testing.
I know the inventor of Bionic Gloves, an orthopedic hand surgeon who came up with an innovative way of improving the utility of various athletic gloves, including baseball, golf, hockey, weight lifting, etc.. He sent me a couple of pairs of prototype cycling gloves to test. The concept behind all the Bionic gloves is to off-load pressure from certain points on your hand, fill in the low areas between the joints and evenly spread pressure across the hand. I've enlisted Da Boss to test one pair and may try to get Tuna to try the ladies' pair. If you're curious about Bionic technology, you can click on this link http://www.bionicgloves.com/ I tested the golf gloves when they were developed and did not like the added material in the glove, which I thought detracted from the feel but probably that is not an issue with cycling.