GPC President’s Column – October 2013

Letting it Pass

i write this as i am about to embark on yet another fun-filled vacation, but without my normal traveling companion/husband.  So between that and leading rides for much much slower riders than me these last few months, i’ve spent much time lately thinking about the trade-offs of just riding one’s own pace and “going for it” and just slowing it down and getting into the slow lane, for real.

OK, i know last month i said “i’m not the fastest” and that is definitely still true.  But truth be told, i’m also not the slowest…. and that is more than evident every time i lead the slower-paced options.  So i try really hard to remember… what was it like when i was first starting out?  What was it like when i was coming back from injury, time after time.

Others have certainly spent their time, paid their dues, waiting for me, so maybe it’s my turn.

The trade-off, of course, is that in my intermediate level, training suffers.  How does one get to that next level, when every ride is only 30 miles and pancake flat?  For instance, if i’m planning on doing the Grizzly Century in October…. 93 miles w/ 10,000 ft elevation gain… how do i train, how do i prepare?  ‘Xactly!

or do i totally suck it up and just remember that it might be the final weekend to spend time doing something moderately fun on home turf with Ben, just before his surgery?

It’s a conundrum!

For the Grizz this year, think i’ll just have to let this one pass.

Similarly, there are some issues on the table, 3-ft passing law, for instance.  Now, on paper this looks to be a good advocacy thing, but reading the language, not so sure.  Because actually it just says, give 3 feet, unless you can’t, then it’s OK to pass with less than 3 feet.  Huh?  so maybe my vote is NO.  Does that make me less of a cycling advocate?  I think not.

Let it pass, let it fail.

I’m still my critical mass of one. and ultimately, no matter how much involvement and how much group effort is valuable for this or that issue, it’s important to remember that what really matters when the rubber meets the road is how we all conduct ourselves individually.

So take the lane, my friends, but don’t be a jerk about it.  Share that road, too.  You’ll be a better ambassador for all of us, i promise.

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