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Subject: Re: Trip One Date: 8/26/2012 12:08 PM
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<< Pardon me coming late to this thread. ReallyAllDone struck a nerve with me when she talked about the other customers and the trip leaders questioning her "fitness" because of her physical appearance. And it sounds like others have encountered similar due to their age. I have so been there and done that. How to address and fix that? >>


Unfortunately, it sounds like the OP was unprepared and inadequately conditioned for the ride and tour. She takes responsibility for that and had a poor experience as a result of that.

How about the other people who paid for a quality tour? Usually a weak, unconditioned rider is going to impact the experiences of other people as well.

I don't find it surprising that an obviously overweight person on a poor fitting bicycle who also happened to be inexperienced in riding on dirt roads and in traffic, and inadequately conditioned for heat, humidity, altitude and endurance is going to excite some comments.

I might add to that list lack of experience in choosing a suitable tour.

It's unfortunate when people sign up for outings when they lack the experience, equipment and conditioning to do properly. I've had that happen as a trip leader, and it's burdensome for the leader and impacts what the rest of the group can do.


<<How to address and fix that?>>


First, choose trips that you have the equipment, conditioning and experience to do in good style.

The OP had a poor experience here because she lacked the experience to choose a suitable trip. Hopefully that will be remedied in the future.

Cycling outings aren't an egalitarian experience. That goes for hiking, backpacking, climbing and a lot of other outdoor activities. You need to be prepared for the activity that is planned.


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