Biking. I’m not a cyclist by any means, but this past Sunday, I went out and rode 32 miles for the Coast Guard Festival Tour in Grand Haven, Michigan. My father, who is crazy (and awesome) rode his third 100-miler in the past three weekends.
It was decided kind of on a whim. My good friend (who no longer lives in Michigan) visited me on Friday night, and mentioned that she was riding this ride on Sunday. She and her mom were going to do the 60 mile ride. I was pretty sure I couldn’t do 60, and 100 was definitely out of the question.The furthest I have ever ridden before Sunday was 26 miles. I kind of figured that 6 more wasn’t going to kill me. Of course, that wasn’t taking in to account the 18 I had run the day before. It wasn’t easy, but darn if doing something different isn’t fun.
The day started off really cloudy, foggy, and breezy, but luckily it didn’t rain, and by the end of the ride, it was bright and sunny! The route we took led us out of Grand Haven, past the state park, and down Lakeshore Drive. I’ve run this route many times, but the miles go by so much quicker on a bicycle. I remember looking down at my watch and realizing that I had rode 6 miles in about 25 minutes, a distance that would normally take me about an hour. After that, I listened to miles beep away. It hardly seemed fair that I could fly that quickly through so many miles. It was work, but it wasn’t going to kill me.
I ended up finishing in 2 hours and 10 minutes. An average of 14.7 miles per hour! I only wish I could run that fast.
Look at that bright sun! Lucky we got done when we did. Because this is what it did about 10 minutes after I got home. Rain, hail, lightening, thunder.
In any case, I thinkI will keep riding, mostly as cross training for running. Maybe some day I’ll even be as ambitious as my father and I will be able to ride 100.