What's even better is that before they release the runners, they let the bicycles have a go. Car-free streets? Bicycles ruling the road? I am so there!
|So sporty, have a number and everything.|
So my friend Heidi and I got up for the oh so early start time of 6am. In fact, it was so early for Heidi, that she could not manage to put on matching footwear. (Don't worry, she had her appropriate and matching shoes to clip into her pedals.)
|Heidi realizes she is a mess on the train.|
|Excitement or nerves or tiredness?|
We started from my place, road a couple of blocks on our bikes to a trax stop and took the train up the hill to the University of Utah. This was great because it dropped us right off at the starting line. And when you have a starting line on a "bench," or foothill, the first bit of the ride is all down hill. Whee!
At first, things were a bit crowded. I felt a little claustrophobic as so many bikes zoomed by. If one cyclist fell down, it would have caused a massive domino effect. But eventually the paces were set and the bicyclists evened out.
During the ride, I kept thinking how cool this experience was. By removing cars from the situation, I was free to just enjoy the ride, soak in the sunrise, and experience new neighborhoods by bike. I sincerely loved it! I don't have any pics while on the ride, which I am a little bummed about, but stopping periodically to take pictures just didn't seem thing to do.
There were definitely some hills I had "moments" on, but you know what? Somehow I powered through and moved on. And that is a great feeling. Although there is was one at the mile 26 where I thought I might die. But I didn't. Instead I finished and got a cool medal.
You know, sometimes the victories come in knowing you are not the worst. Heidi and I finished in about 1 hour and 45 minutes, averaging about 13 mph. Apparently were were solidly in the middle of the pack. I am very pleased with being average.
And one other thing...can I just say how nice it is to have a bikey friend? I have grown used to doing bike activities by myself. But since Heidi and her sister, Haley, have signed up to do the Little Red ride with me, we have been training and going on rides together. Not only does it push me, but it does make rides super enjoyable. So thank you, Heidi! It is nice to being able to experience this ride with a friend. Especially one that I have known my whole life and like a whole lot.
|Heidi is awesome. That is all.|