"...In the end, people either have excuses or experiences; reasons or results; buts or
brilliance. They either have what they wanted or they have a detailed list of all the rational reasons why not."

~ Anonymous
(taken from Matt Erbele's, It Takes Time to Get Good)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

I have found my people!

Today I had my first ride with the new training group I decided to try. It is a training group designed to get women ready for a local women's metric and full century ride in April.

It was awesome.

Yes, I finally had a group cycling event that, not only wasn't horrific, it was enjoyable. Some may even say it was fun. Hale-freaking-llujah!

We had an orientation and then just a 20 mile ride, but I had fun and I met some nice gals. I even met a woman that did her first Ironman at Louisville this year.

This was a true, mixed ability group, unlike all the lying son of a bitch triathlon groups in this area that claim they are mixed ability groups and then drop your ass. Well, they can all just suck it! I found a group for me! Ha! Drop that bitches!

This time I was actually the front of the back of the pack. For those of you who think that is a bad thing, that is a HUGE move forward for me. I have always maintained that I am not a "back of the packer". The back of the pack usually passes me pretty early on and I swim/ride/run alone. I actually had people to chat with!

It rocked. I so needed that.

25 comments:

AKA Alice said...

HOORAY for finding your peeps! I completely understand how having a group to work with, where you can occasionally pass someone is very important!

Southbay Girl said...

I'm so glad you found your peeps and don't have to go back to the Bitchy group!!! YEAH!!!!! You are on your way now woman!

I tagged you by the way.....

Stef said...

This new group is lucky to have you. And YES front of the back of the pack is a GREAT thing!

A good group to train with can make all the difference! Woo Hoo!

SWTrigal said...

I have a friend who did that ride and loved it and the training...you will have fun!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

That is AWESOME! I think it will be great for you to have people to ride with while you are training for CDA.

Front of the back of the pack?! Woot!

Karen said...

AWESOME! Yippee for finding your people!

Heather said...

Congrats! Glad you found a group that works for you:)

And awesome for being the front of the back, you rock!

Victoria said...

Glad you found a group to run with-- I will also be at Woodside (doing the 35K too, I think), so if you are as funny in person as you are on your blog, find me! (No pressure or anything... ha!) Seriously, just thinking about the title of your blog makes me laugh.

Victoria said...

Sorry, that would be bike with. I DID read your post. Just am a little running-obsessed.

Go Mom Go said...

Yeah!!!

That will make training so much more fun.

I am so jealous. I think I may need to create one of these groups...hmmmm...perhaps a new calling ???

Have a great day!

Jo Lynn said...

Yippee for you! Cheers to back of the packers too! I didn't know anything about you being dropped (new follower) but that sucks that happened. Good for you - trying a new club. I'd be shell-shocked.

Ordinarylife said...

It makes such a huge difference to find "your" people to ride with. I went from hating cycling to loving it just because I changed groups.

Calyx Meredith said...

Terrific news!! I'm so glad you found some great people to ride with! And because I'm too lazy to separate my comments and file them under the correct posts - those push ups ROCK! Look at you, woman of strength. You are my hero. (I am STILL on week 3 of the push up challenge!) Good luck this week with finals and AP prep etc.

Carolina John said...

awesome group! looks like a pretty good challenge ride too. sometimes it seems fun to be surrounded by losers, but they always drag you down in the end. no, i kid. i've been in sc too long. glad you don't have to go back to the non-mixed group!

carsonsunflower said...

I'm so happy you found some great people. You've been through enough MEAN GIRLS, that's for sure!!!

Oh...and I am/was just like you on the food logging. I only logged on plan or close to on plan days. That's just not even being honest, now, is it? If you can't be honest with yourself....well..... Glad we're both being honest!

Isela said...

It is great when we find our place in a group. Congratulations!

I am looking forward to one day fitting in to a group :)

Sarah said...

Yay! This is awesome!!!

Julianne said...

Hooray for finding your peeps!! Yay!!! I bet you can show them a thing a two. :-)

ShirleyPerly said...

That is SUPER!!!

If it weren't for my husband, I know I'd be riding alone most of the time (it seems that most groups around me are either way too fast or way too slow so no one is my pace). Anyway, keep rocking that bike!!

IronSnoopy said...

Yay for finding a group! It's so much better to get those long rides in with people you like and when ya'll ride the same-ish speed.

katie said...

i feel the love.

i wish i could find something like that where i'm at. i'm in a fast group and already fretting the shame i will feel when i show up this spring and haven't gotten any faster.

congrats!

Steve Stenzel said...

Nice job at the front!! Congrats on finding a good group!!

The Running Knitter said...

Yay for finding a great group!

Formulaic said...

That is soo cool. Congrats on the new group.

Just make sure to push yourself. It's OK to be the best of the new people.

Enjoy the group, they'll make you better and you'll make them better.

RoadBunner said...

Yay! I'm so glad you found a good group to train with. I'm always back of the pack in group stuff, too.