Monday, July 12, 2010
Speaking of sprinting, I somehow managed to ride faster than I ever had before. I don't think Dad was riding as fast as he could, but he certainly reached a good pace. We went particularly fast down the bike path along Lake Shore Drive. Such a great place to ride! And we loved seeing the city lights at night. Always astonishing. As are the neighborhoods after midnight. We rode through a few areas where the booze had clearly been flowing. It made for some great on-course entertainment, though it also forced us to dodge taxis left and right. Not fun. I couldn't imagine riding around the city on a regular basis. At one point, I was literally a foot away from the side of a bus. Freaked me out!
Vehicle dodging aside, we had a great time. And we finished strong in under two hours! I thought it would take me longer. And I thought those 25 miles would be a lot harder. Lesson of the day—if you put yourself up to a fitness goal, don't listen to yourself when you feel as if you'll never achieve it. Set goals, work hard. Believe in all the steps you're taking (or pedals you're pedaling, in my case) to get to the goal itself. You really can achieve anything.
In the end, it's all worth the effort. I think we both want to participate again next year. Who knows, we may even make a run (ahem...pedal) for the "Best Lit Bike" and "Best Helmet" awards. Clearly we didn't make any effort at all this year. But we did wear lighted bracelets! Up next? Not sure, though I'm looking forward to pedaling beyond 25 miles at some point before the snow falls. Anyone in my area know of any rides?
Posted by TARA