This B ride version of the A 45 mi. route departed ½ hour ahead of the A riders. A total of 16 members and 2 guests signed up for the ride, including Mike Bivens, Joan Opel, Lisa Oken, Deb Reynolds, Alan Goodwin, Steve Palincsar, Ken Meredith, John Agazzi, Linda Bankerd, Janell Saunders, Loretta Troen, unreadable, Eric Petersen, Danzi Seaward, Dayton Reese, Jocelyn Herrington, Michele Williams, and Linda Molesworth. With such a large turnout of riders, the group spread out as each person found their pedaling groove and riding companion.
Around the 15 mi. mark, a rider went down, but she wasn’t on her bike. We had made a bathroom stop at the Baden VFD. She slipped and fell on an oil slick on the floor of the engine bay area. Luckily, she wasn’t hurt. As riders attempted to exit the bathroom corridor, the way we came in, we found the door locked! Fortunately, there was another door that exited the building without setting off an alarm.
A few miles after leaving the Baden VFD, we picked up a rider who had dropped off the back of the A ride. I didn’t get his name, but he was a good friend of Bob McMasters and spoke of Bob’s fondness for and commitment to our cycling club. >
With riders so spread out, I didn’t have the opportunity to share my new coping techniques for cycling in extremely high heat and humidity conditions. The technique is called “synchronized shade breathing.” For me, it works well in triple digit heat index conditions as long as you have some shade at least every couple hundred yards. I have been able to ride 70 + miles in a heat index of 112 using the technique. Of course, I was also drinking 1 large water bottle every 10 mi. I would like to share this technique with interested club members and get your feedback. Let me know if you’d like to check out synchronized shade breathing.