. . . that you might not be familiar with.
Dunno why, after reading the NSC post yesterday, I forgot that the NSC was today . . . durrrrrrr. My bad. . . .
I hope those that rode or are riding the NSC have minimal chaffing, roadrash or numbness in hands or other important parts.
So here are a few phrases that NSC riders seemed mystified by when I yelled them out (no I wasn't part of NSC but my normal training ride apparently shares part of the NSC route)
1) "LEFT!" - This means, "Hey you, person in the baggy jersey with a helmet from 1992, you're going slower than I am. I'm going to pass you on the left hand side and and you SHOULD GET OUT OF THE MIDDLE OF SHERIDAN RD."
2) "CAR BACK!" - Meaning, "Hey group of people I just yelled, "LEFT!!!" to, taking up most of the southbound lane of Sheridan Rd. not only am I behind you but there is a car behind you and you should GET OUT OF THE MIDDLE OF SHERIDAN RD."
3) "STOPPING!" - "Hey guy on your cell phone in a purple NSC shirt. I'm stopping because I have to. No really, I don't want my heart rate to drop below 165 right now and I really don't need a break. You too should stop instead of hitting my rear wheel with your knobby mtb tires."
4) "GET OFF MY WHEEL." - "Salutations fellow pseudo-racer in lycra with a gut on an overly expensive bike (that I'm waaaaayyyy jealous of) that weighs less than my own overly expensive bike. Please move more than 6 inches away from my rear wheel because while I'm happy to be going 27 mph, I'm not doing this for my health I'm doing it because I've had to pee since mile 37, its now mile 52 and my bladder is going to explode and peeing on the side of the road is apparently frowned upon in Kennilworth. Further, I'm pretty sure that if I come upon another NSC group I will have to slow down or stop and you will likely misunderstand "LEFT!" "STOPPING/SLOWING" and instead surge ahead into my wheel in a way similar to the US blindly charging into Iraq searching for WMDs. This will most likely cause a crash and make me angry because while you can probably replace your bike, I cannot afford to replace mine and I was already teased enough in 4th grade for riding a hand-me-down girls bike...the bike I will once again have to ride if you DON'T GET OFF MY WHEEL!!!!!!"
5) "WHEEL!" or "ON WHEEL!" - In case you ever feel like drafting someone (Which I don't recommend if you've never ridden with them before.) This means, "Hello fellow velocipede rider I am majorly impressed with your ability to ride faster than me and push yourself through the wind. I am going to ride my bike at a similar speed very close behind you. Please don't slow down or stop because we will wreck and get hurt."
Thanks for reading.