Fact: I hate Dave Matthews, but this blog Title is applicable for 2 reasons.
1. Annie is a huge Dave fan and always has been. Despite this flaw I am so proud of her for PR'ing her second marathon in a month. I think she has to be doping.
2. I actually did crash this weekend.
If you had asked me last week what the scariest type of line out there was, I would probably have said "line of cocaine." Nope, that is incorrect, I now know the scariest kind of line out there is a pace line.
In my life, I have participated in team sports (basketball, softball) as well as individual sports (track, tennis) and I have always been much happier in sports done alone because:
1. I dislike most people
2. If I suck I don't want to hold you back
3. If you suck I don't want you to make me look bad
Triathlon is a great sport for the loner. Yes, you can train with a group and help each other to be better but come race day you have to complete that entire race on your own (unless you are doing a relay then that's different). When you cross that finish like you know, YOU accomplished that win and if you didn't finish, YOU didn't alone. Of course there are other variables on race day like weather, tripping over people taking pictures on the course etc, but for the most part even with your family and friends helping you, you still do the race alone.
I just assumed cycling was the same. It is not. I had no idea what a "team effort" it takes to cycle efficiently in a pace line and that you are essentially trusting these people with your life. In a pace line, you can't see around you and have to trust the people in front of you to tell you what's coming up, to not brake suddenly, and to be your eyes. This terrifies me. My coach said that you can really learn a lot about yourself by cycling and I am seeing this. It was really hard for me to trust these people some of them who I had never met before.
I did OK with the pace line. I tried not to get too close, but I felt much better when I was behind a guy I knew. Sadly, I did go too fast at one point and crashed into his tire. Thankfully I went down, but he did not. No injuries because I had bike sleeves on (I highly recommend them for sun and road rash protection)
The ride was about 25 miles total and next week will be closer to 50.