Friday, May 16, 2008

Last Ride

Well I'm coming up on the last big team ride of the season. We've had a pretty exciting year and its been a crazy couple weeks. Let me run through a few things.

The last couple weeks have been pretty good. I've been able to get in two weeknight rides most weeks, often down at Hains Point. I've ben riding alot with my co-worker Tim Chapman of 3500 Miles. Tim is in the same pace as me relatively. That is to say when he drops the hammer he's a good bit faster than me. But we can ride together and I don't by any means feel like I'm holding him back. But he's got some speed in him. The local teams were out at Hains last night training, and at one point I jumped in and tried to keep up with the guys. I looked down at one point and we were going 29 MPH. I just couldn't hang with those guys and had to bail after a half a lap. At the end of the night I emailed Tim and asked him why I didn't see him at Hains. He replied with this: (note Socha is a co-worker who insists he has a bike but who we never can get out to ride)

----- Original Message -----
From: Chapman, Tim
To: Jones, Tom
Sent: Thu May 15 19:09:48 2008
Subject: Re: You pull a socha???

Ha! No. Had to be home at 7. Just got back. I never saw you. Rode 1 lap alone and 3 with group. Those dudes are too fast.

We need to coordinate better where to meet. My fault

----- Original Message -----
From: Jones, Tom
To: Chapman, Tim
Sent: Thu May 15 19:08:00 2008
Subject: You pull a socha???

Three laps with those guys is hard core. I can hang with them some nights but last night they were doing some lung burning leg demolishing stuff....at least for me it felt like they were. Kudos to Tim for hanging with them.

Its been really good to have someone to ride with down at Hains. I've been pleased that I can make it out and it seems like its helped my training. If all goes well, I'll make Tuesday and Thursdays my regular rides after the Tahoe season.

This last weekend was a bit of a catastrophe. It was supposed to be the next to last ride of the season and it was supposed to be out in Davidsonville. Since it was going to be so close to our house, we had invited the team to come out to our house after the ride for a barbeque. We even had my parents come down to watch the kids while we rode and help us with the grilling.

Well the weather would have none of this. At ride time at 7:30 a.m. it was pouring rain. I think I heard that through Saturday morning it rained something like 2.2 inches in the Annapolis area. Amazing. So as the team is standing in the rain the coaches finally decide to call the ride. It was probably the right call becuase someone would have fallen and it would have ruined their day. As Murphy's Law would have it a half an hour after everyone left the rain passed and the sun came out and we had a wonderful day. Unfortunately we got sucks with 3 pounds of potato salad, 4 pounds of pasta salad and 10 pounds of hamburger. We'll eat all of it eventually, but it would have been nice to share it with team at a BBQ. I expect some of it will make it to the team barbque tomorrow.

As for riding I was able to get out with one of my teammates lauren and put in a 65 mile ride. It was a good ride and I enjoyed it. We made it to the beaches at North and Cheasapeake beach and toured alot of the countryside in the Anne Aroundel County area. The map is below. I'll update you on tomorrow's ride Sunday.

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