Sunday 4th November, 2012
90km from Sydney Park, to North Beach, Wollongong
The BF has done this ride twice before and so I joined in with his group. However being the only girl and with a bike whose chain falls off when you change down gears, I was pretty worried I would get left behind. Then 3 BMX riders turned up hung-over from the night before and I knew at that point I would not be the one holding the team up!
I learnt from the Spring Cycle that padded bike pants were definitely the way to go. So borrowing Mum’s padded bike pants, and fuelled up on chia seed muffins, I joined the 10,000 other cycling enthusiasts for a leisurely Sunday ride.
And what a ride it was. I absolutely loved it. The weather was glorious, riding through the national park was beautiful and the hills didn’t faze me too much. I have been training pretty solidly for the last 2 months (running, at least) so it was good to see this training aiding my bike leg as well.
I was feeling so great that the last 30kms I was racing past everyone in our group and getting faster up every hill. I think it’s called getting high from endorphins. I passed the BF and crossed the finish line first. 4 hours 25 minutes riding time in total. I love being a part of something and getting out in the sunshine and being active. It just makes you feel good. As do the well earned beers and sausages at the finish. Such a great day!