I had been talking about joining the GVCC (Genesse Valley Cycling Club) with my friend Dwight since 2007 during my Monday rides with the WNYWP (Western New York Wellness Program) and finally got the nerve to join this year. So tonight was my first time racing with the GVCC . I was extremely nervous. A couple people introduced themselves, but I was so nervous I can’t for the life of me remember their names.
This week’s course was set near Mendon Ponds Park.
It was a really nice course. The Cat 5′s started shortly after the Cat 4′s with a warmup lap practicing pacelines. Unfortunately, my fitness level is low and I was dropped at turn two (W. Bloomfield Rd & Pond Rd). I do want to say thanks to the guy that was trying to let me draft off him to get back to the peloton. I am sorry I cannot remember your name, but it was much appreciated. I could not hang on to his wheel either so he sprinted ahead so that he would not lose the group. I’ll be honest, once I turned onto to Pittsford Mendon Center Rd and saw that the Cat 5′s were no where to be seen I just wanted to pack up and go home. Then I thought to myself the hard part was actually showing up tonight. All I have to do now if finish my laps and not quit. So that is what I did. I just kept going. I got lost on lap 2 because I turned down Smith Rd instead of Pond Rd, but I am sure everyone has gotten lost.
In all my nervousness I forgot to reset my Garmin Edge so the whole ride got added to the ride with my twins on Wednesday. I also forgot to press start at the start of the warm up lap so I did not start recording until lap 2. I also think I still owed a lap, but the people at the finish line said the Cat 5′s were down. That was @ 7:20pm. I am pretty sure had I tried to do another lap that it would have been very dark out when I got back to the finish line.
Here is a link to my Garmin Data:
Even though I could not keep up I am so glad I finally joined and showed up for the race. I can’t make it out on the 29th, but will be there the following week.