Julie: YES, finally!!! I was able to take my debut bike ride! For the last five weeks, my beautiful new bicycle and I have been looking forlornly out the window at a bleak winter landscape. Mother Nature got everyone’s hopes up for an early spring with an unseasonably warm February. Then brought winter back, just for spite. We finally had a decent day! Sunny, cool but not cold; nothing a jacket wouldn’t cure. Kristen and I thought we’d take advantage of the weekly Philadelphia tradition of closing West River Drive to car traffic on weekends from April to October. We’d have a wide road to ride on and we wouldn’t have to share it with cars. Perfect for a novice rider! It was pretty crowded, being a lovely Sunday in a large metropolis AND a special event at the same time, but we managed with no mishaps.
Average speed 6.6 mph
Distance: 4.6 miles
Elevation gain: 0 feet
If it had been less crowded, I may have felt comfortable going a bit faster than we did. But, with joggers, walkers, and cyclists all around and the potential for small children, dogs, wayward pedestrians, and an occasional Canadian goose to wander into my path at any time, going slower felt safer to me. Kristen, whose typical speed is in the 15 to 20 mph range, probably felt like she was standing still! But, I, for one, feel accomplished! Now, if spring will only stick around for good this time, I’ll be able to get some more practice!
Kristen: I’m super proud of Julie. When we got together to ride her bike for the first time, she seemed daunted by trying to get to 28 miles by July. We had worked out a training plan to get from 0 to 28 miles by July, and have missed the beginning because of Mother Nature. I wasn’t sure how this ride would go, but Julie was seeming ok after we crossed the distance we rode last time so on we rode. While we were riding, I checked in with her about our pace to see if she wanted to try going faster and we got up to 8 mph a few times. She said that she just isn’t comfortable going faster yet. Luckily for her, the only fix for that is more time on the bike!