Well, it wasn’t exactly to myself
And at over 3 hours, it wasn’t just a moment.
Anyway, those two points aside, I did something totally new to me this weekend – my first group bike ride, The Tour De Houston. Some friends had signed up to ride and I got caught up in their
insanity enthusiasm and signed myself up for it as well. Ignoring the fact that my previous longest ride had been 30 miles, I signed up for the 45 mile ride.
Bike swag has a lot to learn from running swag
Various friends and acquaintances met up at our house for the free parking and real bathrooms and we rode down to the starting line together. Have I mentioned lately how awesome it is living so close to downtown?
And then we were off. We managed to stick together (the four of us riding the 45) for the first few miles but then lights and traffic strung us out a bit.
We caught up together at the second rest stop/turn around point, or at least our bikes did.
Be jealous of how awesome I look in a bike helmet and a day glo green jersey.
Then it was time to turn around and have a marginal tailwind back into town. The three “H’s” of biking in Houston: Heat, Humidity and Headwind both ways. True story.
A rather pathetic (just glad to be done) finish line picture
Then the fun of riding back home, like the cherry on top of an ice cream sundae of suffering.
I managed to get filthy dirty somehow (that disgusting ring of brown wasn’t there before the bath, I promise)
And since I am a mama, my moment to myself was over with apparently.
I won’t lie and say it’s the most fun I’ve ever had, but I’m glad I did it, even though I don’t think I’ll be doing a group ride of this size again. It’s just not my idea of a lot of fun. Sometimes, it’s good to push a little outside of our comfort zones, even if the only reason is to have a moment to ourselves 🙂