It’s that time of the year again – the time of year when riders start to break out the cycling double-speak. Here are some of the comments you might overhear on an upcoming group ride:
I’m tired today = I feel great and plan to dust you
No-drop ride = Better bring your cell phone, because you’ll need directions later
I’m sticking to my training plan = I’m on the wheel of the first guy who makes a move
I never get dropped = When I inevitably get dropped, I claim to have been sticking to my training plan
I’m toast = I’m hurting, but have saved just enough to beat you in the final sprint
I’ve never taken PEDs = Do we really need to bring up the past?
I haven’t been training at all lately = I’ve been training harder than ever to dominate our group ride
Today is a recovery day for me = You’re gonna be crying like a baby by the end of today’s ride
I need some good base mileage at a moderate HR = I’m going to race you from the start
My shifting has been really balky lately = I just did a complete tune-up and perfectly dialed in everything
It’s a recovery ride / I’m sore / I’m coming down with something / I’m just going to spin today, etc. = If I get dropped it’s because of whatever lame excuse I just mentioned.
Courtesy of RoadBikeRider