Am I Becoming a Roadie?
Please say no.
So I was cruising home the other day on my Argon 18 Krypton, a pretty fancy commuter bike I know, looking at all of the bikes and bikers as I passed them. About half way home I started thinking “that isn’t a nice bike” or “dude, how can you ride with running shoes?”. Then it set in; I becoming an ‘elite’ cyclist?
Well wait an minute, how can that be? I am a triathlete, not a cyclist; although I have referred to myself as a ‘roadie’ a couple of times.
Where did that come from?
To be fair, I need to demonstrate what I mean by ‘roadie’; The Rules – Velominati. I think that this list demonstrates what it means to be a ‘roadie’, and the elite view that they have. Not that I am against ‘roadies’. Being a triathlete I don’t typically interact with large cycling groups because drafting is illegal in every race I have compete in, thus no reason to train with one. Us triathletes are a solitary bunch, choosing to ride solo or in small groups. I digress.
When you spend a lot of time on your bike, you get good. I have noticed over the past year that I am getting more comfortable on my bike; leaning into corners, tucking while I descend, and hammering on the climbs. In short, I am having fun while I am riding. I am also a competitive guy. I don’t think that you can enter the world of triathlon without having that competitive spirit.
So put me on a path system as awesome as Calgary’s and there is bound to be at least 15 bikers to set my sights on. This is the situation that I get competitive; be a race, training ride, or apparently commuting into work. When I have someone to target, I can’t help but try to pass them as soon as I can.
Once in a while, there will be a couple drafting along. I like to join them and pretend that I am in the break away at the Tour de France. Haha, maybe the commuter version with panniers and flashing head lamps.
Now, to be clear, I don’t see myself as an ‘elite’ anything. I am just an average joe trying to make it to the finish line in the fastest time possible; hopefully faster than last year. I am definitely not an ‘elite’ athlete. Sure, I have had some decent results but nothing that would put me in anything other than ‘age group’ status.
After this experience, I think I may have to take my foot out of my mouth (or put it back in) and just cycle.
Question: Are you a ‘roadie’? Real or self proclaimed?