I finally did my first organized bike ride this weekend! After competing in hundreds of swimming and running races – I finally made the leap into the world of biking… and I love it (so far at least).
It’s also much more intimidating than running races. In running, you can only have so much “official” or “fancy” gear. In biking, you could spend thousands of dollars just to intimidate people. So while I stroll up in my tank top and spandex and $200 road bike, I’m surrounded by people in jerseys with bike shorts, $1,000+ bikes with aero bars and clip-in shoes… Eh – maybe one day I’ll get to that point, but not today.
One of the fun (and by fun, I mean not fun at all) parts about biking in Pennsylvania is all of the freakin’ hills. Damn all you people that blog from Florida and take these leisurely rides on flat trails near the ocean. My pace on this ride was pathetically slow compared to what it could have been on a flat course, but it forced me to figure out what the devil to do with all of those gears on my bike – and it also definitely gave my legs a good work-out. I actually got a few laughs out of some riders by yelling “I finally figured out the gears!!” half-way up a huge hill. Gotta keep it entertaining.
This ride was awesome for a number of reasons. First of all, a lot of people from my spin class came out – so I had a few friends on the course. Secondly, the ride had multiple rest stops with amazing food / drinks / mini PB&J sandwiches. And of course, a free lunch at the end.
Most importantly, this wasn’t really a race. It was a go-at-your-own-pace and enjoy your scenery type of ride where everyone was making friends along the course. My kind of ride.
After the ride, Steve and I had to go to the store so that we actually had food in the house to eat. And let me just tell you how much I love Wegman’s. They actually set up displays with recipes and then every ingredient you need to make it. Fish Tacos sounded good to me, so that’s what we had. (Oh, plus some Summer Love from Victory :))
I did my own thing for toppings – and made an Avocado / Mango / Red Onion salsa – which was awesome.
And Steve can’t live without dessert – so I made a double-layer white cake with Cool-Whip topping and fresh fruit.