Thursday, July 20, 2006

Teaching the power of the pedal

On the morning commute I had to stop for a small work zone just inside the built-up area of town. Right in front of me was a school bus. Just hand it right to me, why don't you?

As soon as the traffic controller turned the sign I started winding up a big gear. My coworker Adam had met up with me on the commute, but he was a little too slow to catch the pocket. Sorry, Adam. A good draft supersedes camaraderie.

I saw Adam reflected in the bus windows for a while, but he couldn't quite bridge the gap. I felt a little guilty, but you know how it is. Once you start you don't want to stop until it's over.

Kids gathered at the back of the bus. Don't try this until you're old enough for society to consider you disposable, kids! But take note: I'm doing 40 mph, coasting. Nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah!

5 comments:

Fritz said...

Yeah, I love getting behind school buses like that. Except for the exhaust :-)

cafiend said...

If my friend Adam had made the sprint in time we would have had to fight over who got stuck on the exhaust side.

Nathan said...

40MPH? Having different gears to choose from does have some advantages! But it's fun to draft anyway. ;)

cafiend said...

I was having a bit of heart trouble a number of years ago and had to wear the 24-hour monitor.

"Just do what you normally do," said the doctor.

Afer I turned in the monitor I got a call.

"What were you doing at 5:45 p.m.? Your heart rate went over 200."

"5:45...let's see...oh yeah, I was drafting a bus on my fixed gear."

Nathan said...

LOL - oh yeah! :D