the grind aka training log: big up!

November 26, 2006 at 2:34 am | Posted in Cycling | Leave a comment

today i had an impromptu meet-up with the major taylor ironriders. i was doing some light riding in preparation for tomorrow’s race (stay tuned for details) when this brother passes with one of those blue and orange uniforms. as open as i was, i tried to keep up to his 15mph cadence —not too bad if i must say so myself. coming around off the bend i noticed he gave a hand signal over to a few cyclists on the parkside avenue side of prospect park. since i was not too far behind, those same few cyclists gave me notice as well. pulled in by the magnetic comraderie, i rolled back to get a good look at one the brothers i remember from one of the picture gallery on their website – “Dobbs”. after a cordial exchange of niceties, dobbs invited me to meet some of the other members namely the president, mel (on his 22nd lap) and larry -the official triathlete of the bunch.

enveloped in their pack i received motivation and quick troubleshots –more like salvos – for challenges and encouragement for tomorrow’s race. the fact that there are other Black cyclists enthusiatic about the sport and eager to share their experiences had me in ecstatic state – i forgot how many laps around the park i took. it was an unofficial initiation of sorts where the elders mainly in the 50’s age range were taking me under their wing to become a better rider.

much of the conversation surrounded how well cycling has taken care of them physically, social, etc. and their desire to nurture younger riders and pass on their knowledge. this “wisdom of the sages” definitely spark a flame in me and i’m looking forward to rockin’ with them for some time. thanks for the encourgement and for your commitment for all of these years- dobbs, mel, larry, legrange, and the rest of you healthy elders whose name i don’t recall –much love. needeless to say i’m a member. and even though they were all, at the very least, 25 years my senior…these folks can burn. i got left a few times in their uphill races. big up!

also, coming out of the park i ran into one of my frat brothers okechukwu. he was riding out on nasty mountain bike ’bout ot tear up something in the backwoods. maybe next year i’ll jump in to the mountain bike game – one expensive hobby per decade, please. stay tuned for my race results tomorrow.

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