Today me and a couple buddies initiated what I'm pretty sure will be a weekly group ride post-studio. We all are in the architecture major today, and as such, we all get out of class at 5:30, so there's not a ton of daylight left, but certainly enough to get in a short ride! For those not familiar with road biking, group rides are far more fun than riding by yourself. You're in that perfect single file line, 6 inches away from the guy in front of you, rolling along at a solid 20mph -- it's awesome. We also did Maw Bridge today, one of the (in my opinion) more challenging roads in the area. However though, despite my complaints when we were deciding whether or not to ride it, I did just fine! I'm not sure if that's because I am better shape that I was last year (which is quite possible, given my squatting ability currently), or that we just had some people to work with and keep you company. We also took the easier direction on it, which certainly helped.
I'm really excited about the road riding, and thankful to have some good friends to go out with. It makes the whole experience so much more enriching and I'm excited to find some guys in Oregon to ride with too (should be awfully hilly out there...). I'm thinking maybe on one of the future rides, I'll have to take the helmet cam and strap it to my bike maybe. Would be an interesting perspective, and much smoother than the footage I get while mountain biking. It's great to have found something that brings so much joy into my life, and nothing can beat the high you get after you finish, having exerted yourself and challenged yourself. Love it!