Are your kids texting about triathlon? Know the signs:
LOL - love olympic length
OMG - openwater mighty grueling
LMAO - like my aero outfit?
TGIF - this gel is foul
BRB - bonking real bad
GRG - good ride green!
Okay, so *one* of these is actually made up and specific to our Wheelworks Multisport community. What exactly is good ride green, or GRG? Maybe you’ve heard “GRG!” exchanged at the end of a workout, and maybe you’ve even been lucky enough to hear it directly from Kristof, the team legend who famously coined the phrase. While the saying has a certain je ne sais quoi essence, I’ll attempt here to capture its spirit.
When you embark on a training journey with teammates, especially a long ride, you share a singular experience leading to a special bond. During the ride, you’ve probably shared jokes, snacks, near misses by suicidal squirrels, beautiful scenery, conversations about life, hopes, and dreams, and analysis of stats, pacing, FTPs, and all the nerdy tri numbers that you can’t share with anyone else because they just don’t get it. You may have seen each other snot rocket and/or snot rocket fail, get bonky and weird, or eat an obscene amount of scones at a cafe stop, but there is no judgment, because you are with your people . You’ve shared a magical ride together, but as you draw closer to home and the ride nears its end, you are faced with an abrupt farewell. At a certain point, the group will diverge onto separate paths home, and most often we will yell a short farewell as we pedal away. But, a simple “Bye!” feels inadequate to capture the sacred journey you’ve shared with teammates and the bond you now have. Thus was born “good ride green,” or “GRG.” Although seemingly short and simple, the phrase carries a warmth and a weight that a simple goodbye lacks - an acknowledgment of the camaraderie and the time spent together.
As our 2023 season draws to a close, I’d also like to express this GRG sentiment to the entire team! You’ve done AMAZING things and achieved so many goals. I’m proud of you and grateful that we are all on this journey together. We have plenty of fun off-season shenanigans to get into, but for now - GOOD RIDE GREEN!
Don't be a Regina George. Let's make GRG happen!