I was the ride leader today. Yeah, right. I found myself behind the pack (of nine) with no one in sight. Accepting my new position I asked Siri to play my 70s playlist and determined to enjoy the scenery, climbing at my own pace. That was mile ~25.
Fast forward to mile ~82 and we were back together riding in a tight group. I was at the front of the pack, fast approaching a hill. Foreseeing the inevitable, I thought in dismay, “Oh no, I’m going to drop to the back” (my usual pattern on any given ride, facing any given hill). But then a new thought trumped the first, “Oh no you’re not!” Determination surged through my tired muscles. I put my head down and digging deep I pulled up all that I had to power up the hill. When I lifted my head few minutes later, the pack was far behind. “Whoa, I just pulled off a breakaway!”
Seizing the opportunity I transformed into a rabbit and continued at full throttle. “Surely, one of them will catch me …” but it wasn’t until several miles later that I saw David steadily approaching. Being the fastest rider in the group, I new he would close the gap, but I made up my mind – he was going to work for it. I continued digging and leading, eventually yielding my rabbit run to David, “Here you go, I was holding this for you.” I finished the ride second. Ninety-two miles and nearly six-thousand feet elevation gain was a hard-earned personal best for 2015 but it was the lesson in digging that I hope to remember.
Dig deep, Girlfriend, and you just might surprise yourself – and your friends!