~ Accelerated Rider ~
Oct 9 2010 ~ Long Bike Ride ~ 36.13 miles in 3.24.53
I only planned on riding loops in Prospect Park. I was even talking to Aimster on my blackberry saying just that. Then, I had the sudden realization of the big or whole picture. While Prospect Park is delightful and the loops are great, its just not the ride I wanted yesterday. So, I quickly BBMed Aimster and said “changed my mind, I think I will ride over the Brooklyn Bridge! Woo! And off I went.
The photo above is where I entered the West Side Greenway. Chambers St, NYC. At that point I was already over 12 miles in. All felt great and I rode the Greenway until I hit 18.35 miles. At that turnaround I snapped some more photos.
So pretty, so peaceful. I really love to ride the Greenway. That photo can be a bit deceiving though, because there are many areas that are crowded and a bit crazy. More so on a bicycle than for a runner, I think.
The Hudson River. Seems nice and tranquil doesn’t it? Blue skies up above and blue water to compliment it all. Again this was a little over 18 miles into my ride.
On the way back, I spotted my friend Kristin. She was running a 20 miler LSD run today with her friend and my new friend Jo. So I slowed down a bit to chat. They both looked strong and happy as they were almost finished with their run. Small world huh? I always seem to bump into somebody I know.
So, at about 25 miles or so I guess when I was riding back over the VERY crowded Brooklyn Bridge, I started having a weird calf tightness and something else odd. I felt an odd pain in my left foot right about by my ankle. It would hurt then subside. Kinda felt like a vein was popping or something. I quickly forgot about that when my stomach started rumbling and asked for some food. I had none. Didn’t plan on that long of a ride. So, the next 11 miles were a race to get home so I could nourish myself. And nourish myself, I did.
I have to say I really love cycling as a form of cross training. Or as exercise period. It’s fun, outdoorsy and special.
When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race. ~H.G. Wells
If you worried about falling off the bike, you’d never get on.
The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.