The Five Boro Bike Tour
I have registered for the Five Boro Bike Tour. 40 plus car-free miles through the streets of New York with 35,000 of my closest friends.
I did the ride in 2010 and then missed in 2011 because I was not fast enough registering and the ride sold out in the first 24 hours. By then I had stopped riding and had started to regain all the weight I had lost previously. I was probably over 300 pounds by the time of the ride in 2011. In 2012 I had lost a great deal of weight on this Journey and I was 243 pound on the day of the ride. I didn’t ride because it was the same day as the wedding of a friend’s son and I would not have missed that under any circumstances….
Now I am just a hair under 200 lbs. I am in the best condition of the last 30 years and I am ready to go. If the ride were tomorrow (and tomorrow was 65 degrees) I would be ready for the ride. I have never been so excited for a ride. It is not because the ride itself is so great. It is fun. I can see why my friend NI does it every year but it is not a carefree ride by any means. The traffic jam that is 35,000 bikes can be daunting. FUN yes, but daunting. I will enjoy it, have a great time I am sure, but the reason I am so excited is because I know that this time I am going to be able to enjoy the ride rather than worry about being able to finish at all.
This is going to be pure joy.
At least three of my friends are riding this year. NI rides every year and has this down to a science. AC has ridden it several years. This will be my second year and it will be KG’s first.
I cannot wait. As NI said this will be another ride where KG will finish ahead of us….
What a difference a year of taking care of oneself can make. Now to decide if I want to ride my new bike or the older bike….
Then Vs. Now
Here is a picture of me on the 2010 ride
Below it is how I look today.
Notice the lack of the belly in the new picture. Should be much easier to ride….
With the 5BBT registration taken care of I now have to wait for the Ride-4-Autism Ride registration to open. I am also planning to ride in Montreal this year and the Boston Hub Ride that I missed due to the knee injury last year. I want to do an Ride for Multiple Sclerosis with my friend LH sometime during the summer. Have to check with him to see when that ride is. There is also a metric century ride in Connecticut that I missed last year because of the knee and I want to do that this year. I want to do the North Fork Century ride this summer as well.
So many rides…..
I want to do as many as possible. The joy I get from these rides is difficult to put to words but I can tell you the root. The root of the joy is the fact that I have come so far. I can do these rides now without struggle and without fear of failure. I will not be the person left behind, struggling to keep up…
That, along with the pleasure I have always taken from riding, becomes overwhelming joy in practice…
Know of any good rides? I will go as far south as Virginia, as far north as Montreal, as far west as Ohio and as Far east as Rhode Island or the forks of Long Island….