Yesterday, Colton and I went on our first Group ride. We went out with a group from Marty’s bike shop for there Monday Night ride. It was a great experience for both of us. We covered about 22.5 miles during the ride and averaged around 13 mph. There were 14 people including Colton and I on the ride. This tied their record for the most people on a Monday night ride. The group was made up of a great group of guys and gals. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. Even had a couple stay back with us on the last few miles as Colton struggled to maintain the speed that he had been keeping for most of the ride (Thanks Bill and Melissa for hanging with us the last 5 miles). Colton did great for his first group ride, and the second longest ride he has ever done. He held his own and we were mid group most of the ride, it was only in the last 4 or 5 miles that he just seemed to loose the energy to maintain the speed to stay up with the main group. Several members of the group seemed impressed with his riding and commented on how well he rode.
One note on this ride, especially when it concerns how well Colton rode. Our longest ride to date was 25 miles, this ride was slightly shorter, but our 25 mile ride took place on a fairly flat bike path with very little grade, in fact most of the riding Colton and I have been doing is on the bike path. As you can see from the screenshot from Strava below, the course we road last night was quite a bit hillier then the bike path. So I would say from a difficulty standpoint, this ride was quite a bit harder then our 25 mile ride.
To say I am really proud of Colton would be an understatement. I can’t wait to see what this kid is going to accomplish in his future. When he sets about to do something, he does it. Even after struggling the last couple of miles, Colton said he had a lot of fun and can’t wait to ride with the group again next week. I feel the same way, I can’t wait till next Monday. I am truly blessed to be able to share this sport with my son, and that this sport allows us to meet so many great people.