Looking at the weather forecast this morning, I’m putting about 60/40 chance of a go. The rain could roll in early and derail the plans, and the winds are a concern. As per normal, we will be updating the schedule through the course of the day.
5:15PM 1st lap is not recovery. This will be a fast paced group, and while we try not to drop people, it may happen unintentionally at times with the high pace, and the usual folks that like to sweep hitting it hard on the front.
6:45PM lap IS recovery. There are usually 2 groups. Front group will be quick, but the back group is truly recovery pace and will make every effort to not drop anyone.
When you ride a bike a lot, you get a very different view of the road, and drivers. Early in learning to ride on the roads, it is easy to conclude that drivers are actively trying to hurt you. It is only after many miles, many hours, and time to contemplate their actions that you begin to understand that the issue is not that they are out to get you, but instead that complacency, convenience and comfort have led drivers to forget one simple thing.
Driving is Hard.
The act of driving a car is a complex task that engages many skills into a single act. Just consider the skills required to control a car. Steering, controlling the speed via 2 pedals (maybe a third). Many people cannot rub their stomach and pat their head at the same time, but we are asking them to steer and control a throttle and brake at the same time. But no, it is more than that, because now that they are moving, the task also means monitoring multiple outside factors, like lane markings, road signage, road conditions, other road users, things that are not in the roadway that MAY constitute a problem. Still we aren’t done, because all of this has to be done while still maintaining the operation within a set of rules that we have applied to road usage, and avoiding other drivers that have momentary lapses.
All of that is a lot to manage. That is an enormous amount of bandwidth and compute power. These are the reasons that computers and automated cars are not yet viable, the sensors, machine learning, bandwidth and compute power just have not reached that level yet, and it may be years before we see true automation that can replace a human outside of controlled environments.
Yet, somewhere along the way we forgot that driving is a complex task, one that requires our full attention. Somehow, we have convinced ourselves that we can drive while doing other things. Somehow, we have forgotten that the faster we travel the less time we have to process and make decisions.
Maybe, it is time to change the message. It is not drunk driving, it is not texting while driving, it is not distracted driving that increase the risks. It is just the act of driving itself, and everything else just makes a hard job that much harder.
How do you make a hard job easier? slow down, pay attention to details, and don’t let the distractions place you at greater risk.
With Halcyon getting close to opening, it is time to start testing possible routes for events from there. Looking at a possible test loop this Thursday or Friday afternoon if interested.
Beware, with test rides like this, we may loop through sections multiple times, or try multiple variations of sections during the ride, so this will not be either a smooth pace type group, and there may well be some longish stops mid ride to dissect options.
Essentially, an urbanist artist rebuilds the map of Atlanta’s highway infrastructure as transit infrastructure, and looking at it paints a very different picture of a far more accessible city.
Just a reminder, the weekly recovery ride should return Monday with the holidays now over, and the weather drying out for a week.
6:45PM from Gate City in Roswell. 18 miles at about 15 mph, followed by beverages at Gate City Brewing. We have been parking around the back rather than the upper level parking area that has been charging $5.
- Each day, I want to bring a smile to someone else face, even if it is nothing more than a momentary bright spot in an otherwise drab day.
- Help change reduce the car usage by being one less car on the roads as often as possible (telecommuting, bicycle commuting, better route planning)
- Regain physical fitness lost in 2018, without sacrificing the mental fitness I gained.
6:45PM in the old HH Greg parking lot on Windward Parkway. Bring your lights, you MUST have them for this ride. Yes, we have street lights on the route, but that is simply not enough. Yes, I know that state law doesn’t require good lights, but I do.
The route tonight will be 8 x .5 mile intervals, with .5 mile recovery sections on Westside/Deerfield Parkway. ( The route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28959216 ). The intervals will be at or near your personal threshold, and we will soft pedal the recoveries for everyone to come back together before the next interval. Red lights are GOOD for this kind of work.
Most of all, let’s have some fun, ride some bikes, and get stronger for the spring.