Hi, I'm George. I am going to ride on the AIDS Lifecycle with this crew of sellswords. I will probably be blogging too.
Training ride 1 was held on Saturday Jan 7th, the same day that I was going to celebrate my 30th birthday for the 4th time.
The 3rd time had been the friday night before, lasted until 2am, and I was feeling it. Woke up at 8:30 and rode to the meeting spot with no idea what to expect. I had been riding my bike to and from work for the last 5 months, but that was only a 10 minute ride. I hadn't done a ride across the bridge in almost a year.
We met at the east-side of the pan handle, the statue. It was Brian, Jessica, Pat, Andy, Jason, and me. Brian showed up on his road bike looking pro & metal at the same time. Pat wore some kind of old school 70s cyclist getup. Jason and I looked like we were going to work. I was the only one not wearing shorts, I was wearing jeans.
We left and rode the standard trip across the bridge: through golden gate park, up agurello to presidio, across the bridge. Then we took a huge descent (Conzelman Rd) under the bridge and rode up East Rd to Sausalito.
After saying goodbye to Pat (who was riding to San Rafael) , eating some WHOLE MEAL bars and swapping food poisoning stories, we started back to SF. This is where I would typically take the ferry.
But instead, we rode up that big ass hill that most people come into Sausalito on. This is when the reality of my weakness started to set in. We all crushed it however because, as readers of this blog know, Brian does not associate with craven weaklings. We are going to smash AIDS when we're done training.
Fun: Descents, GG Park, GG Bridge
Learned: do not wear jeans, dont wear a backpack, get a computer