Group Riding Fears

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Fear is an interesting animal.  Some people lack the normal types of fears, they are the “fearless” and can be found back flipping bikes or driving fast in the rain.   Fear to me is self preservation and common sense, tied with adventure.  Which part is larger, which part is stronger and what direction will you be pulled?

First times for events in your life cause fear for most.   First date, first kiss, first time you ride a mountain bike, and so on.   Yearly, I have “first fears.”  First ride in the dark,  first group ride, first fall, first race, and so on.  Some are thoughts, and not major fears but others cause me horrid nerves and anxiety.

Last night I went for my first group ride of the season, it was a great experience and reminded me why I love riding with others.   BUT before the ride I was nervous and feeling sick.  Was I fast enough for the group I picked? Would I crash and be that person that crashed in front of everyone? All of these thoughts were running through my head as I drove to the trail.

I tried to pre-ride to shake the nerves from my legs, but it didn’t work.  I need to get in with the group and start riding!   Thankfully this group is filled with many of my friends and past customers. They knew me, they joked with me, and my nerves were washed away within a quarter of a mile.

Get Out and Conquer Those Fears

Moral of my story is if you are scared, we all have been there.  Look at me, I’ve been riding over 12 years with groups and my first of the season still makes me nervous!    Ride with friends, and loved ones.  Be strong and ride.  If you are scared, go off the front or fall off the back.  Ride with someone that knows your level and what you are capable.  Follow them, ask them questions, and if you still are worried we are here for you.  Let us know how we can help you!

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  • sandy says:

    I met up with the sweetest woman on Tuesday (to get thoughts on how to keep women motivated in cycling)
    She wasn’t new to riding, but was new to group riding. She came to the First Pedal Chic ride of the season and did the slow motion fall over….i remember when i did that years ago…I asked her… How can we help you get over your fears of riding in a group? AND SHE SAID… just ride up and talk to me, let me know that i belong here. I suppose she’s RIGHT…sometimes we all start riding with the same fears and we all KEEP riding with those same fears. All the while pretending we aren’t shaking behind our glasses or in our helmets!

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