I roped my friend Bryce into joining me on my newest Bucket List adventure: Biking 25 miles!
Saturday morning (June 29), I woke up at 5:30 a.m., hauled my bicycle into my parents’ SUV, and drove to Bryce’s house. And then we took off at the crack of dawn!
Our first 5 miles were almost entirely uphill, and I think my body went into a bit of shock at being woken up so early and then pushed so hard. But after mile 5, my legs finally worked into a rhythm, and the rest of the ride was great! As we rode down the Mountain View Corridor (just a small portion of our ride), we saw our first fellow bikers! There were bikers and runners all over the place in the early morning because the temperature was supposed to reach 104 degrees that day.
It was great to have a “hard core” cyclist with me on my ride because he kept pushing me. Starting at about mile 11, Bryce challenged me to maintain a 12 mph pace. Doesn’t sound impressive, I know – but my usual average is about 9 mph. I haven’t really paid attention to my pace or keeping it steady, but I was glad for the challenge. And I did it! I only dropped below 12 mph a handful of times during the rest of the ride.
Ta da! Total distance: 25.680 miles.
Here we are, at the end of the ride! It took 2 hours and 20 minutes. I asked Bryce how long it would’ve taken him to do it alone, and he said he would have finished it in about half the time. haha. So I’m extra grateful for his early morning sacrifice and keeping me company. Also, please excuse the crazy hair. It’s one disadvantage to having my hair short – it looks ridiculous in a bicycle helmet…
You can see the whole bucket list here. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions! Happy biking!