CyclePATHS are Back on the Bike
The dusty tires and rusty legs will soon shine like they did a month ago. Relaxation time is over for the CyclePATHS’ leaders.
The Austin Ironman 70.3 finishers jumped on their bikes for the first group ride in a month. As a CyclePATH, they didn’t opt for an easy ride. “Let’s do Jarachinas,” said Lori Tijerina.
The road is called Jarachinas, also FM2221. The 20-mile route out there will get any Valley cyclist’s legs warm. It provides the only safe hill work available in the Valley. The ride north has steeper grades, and the ride south has wind.
The wind was fierce Sunday.
“This was the worst and hardest ride I’ve done in a long time,” said Earnesta Taylor. She sat on her couch, legs up reflecting on logging more than 50 miles.
“If that’s the way you look when it’s hard, I’m impressed,” said Esmeralda Chavez.
Two members pulled the majority of the distance, Erica Womeldorf and Lori Tijerina.
"I just wanted to be at my strongest possible. I wasn't suffering. I enjoyed it. I was free. For the first time in a while, I was on a bike and didn't have to reserve energy," said Womeldorf. She was running brick runs after every ride leading up to the Half-Ironman.
Womeldorf will transition into coaching. Tijerina will tackle the full Ironman next summer.
“It’s amazing what we could do when we were training,” said Chavez. During training, no one pulled in the head-wind. Instead, each rider dropped back to fight the wind for herself because in a Half-Ironman drafting is illegal.
“You don’t think about it. It’s like did we really go 56 miles and then run?” said Taylor.
“My legs didn’t hurt like that at the half-Ironman,” said Chavez. “Well, I say my legs don’t hurt, but that’s bull. Everything hurt, but we were able to channel everything.”
Everything was reviewed after the ride. Topics covered what hurt, why it hurt, what happened in the wind, and how much did you drink while in the saddle.
“We can over analyze things, but you know what’s happening? We’re overeating, over drinking and not doing one thing. That is what’s happening,” said Chavez.
Not anymore. The dust is now off. The group’s next event is the Pico de Gallo, a century ride through the Eastern portion of the Rio Grande Valley.
To ready my view of the ride, click here.