Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Great Year So Far!

So far this year I have been riding in some awesome rides!  I rode the Chilly Hilly on Sunday, February 28th with two good friends,  Marizel and Wendy.  Though we started together we soon separated into our own paces.  We met after the ride and enjoyed a delicious meal at the Crab Pot.  Our day began early on a ferry ride from Seattle to Bainbridge Island on a blustery, wet, cold and windy day.  Our bike ride around Bainbridge had everything.  Rain, wind and even sunshine.  It was as hilly as I remembered.  But I had a blast!  This ride is the official start of the cycling season in the Seattle area.  

The next great ride was the Emerald City Bike Ride on Sunday, April 3rd.  This year was the first.  We actually got to ride across the brand new 520 floating bridge.  It wasn't opened to traffic yet and the city put on a fantastic weekend to celebrate the new bridge.  On Saturday there was a run across the bridge and on Sunday, Cascade Bicycle Club had the ECBR which I participated in with my friend Candice.  Besides riding across the new bridge we got to ride on Seattle streets and highways without car traffic.  It was totally awesome!  A once in a life time ride and I got to do it!  Sweet!

The next ride that I did this year that I feel was pretty darn exceptional was the Flying Wheels Century Bike Ride on Saturday, June 4th.  The weather for the day was a record breaker.  We reached the mid 90s with plenty of hot sun and wind.  It was a tough but fun ride.  I also rode this one with my friend Candice.  This was her very first Flying Wheels.  Even though it had a few very steep climbs, was hot and windy we both had an awesome day on our bikes.  We celebrated when we got back to the finish eating gyros and drinking chocolate milk underneath the shade of a big tree.  We saw friends come in and chatted with many.  It was a very celebratory atmosphere.  I wish I had done the century (I usually do) but bowed out due to the heat.  I wasn't sure how well I would do riding it.  I was fine in the end but my friend Candice got a bad sunburn.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Lots of Riding

I have been riding a lot this winter and spring.  I have been leading rides, helping out on training rides, and riding in a couple of my favorite events.  And then there are the rides I do alone or with friends, both being the best kind of rides!  I hope to keep up with my riding throughout the summer months and into the fall.  Here are a few pictures taken on my rides between January and May . . .

January 19th Marizel and I rode from Renton around Mercer to Leschi
January 25th CHEW #4 training ride around Federal Way and Dash Point
February 16th ride on the Foothills Trail
March 7th Marizel and I rode from Renton to Seattle, Freemont and U District
March 7th Seattle waterfront
April 2nd Enumclaw farmland
April 20th Renton to Magnuson
May 3rd Phil's May Day Metric
May 9th COOS #6 training ride.  Chambers Bay Golf Course.
May 23rd COOS #8 Sumner to Yelm and back
May 30th Flying Wheels Summer Century
Finished the 100 mile route of Flying Wheels Summer Century

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Fall Rides are BEAUTIFUL!

Fall is here and we have been lucky to have some beautiful days for riding . . . 

2014 Kitsap Color Classic, September 21st, Hanesville 

KCC Port Gamble

KCC Poulsbo

CBC ride from Renton to Madison Park, October 5th

October 7th ride I did after work

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Last Days of Summer

August has been a great cycling month for me!  There were my morning coffee rides which were awesome because of the beautiful summer mornings and sunshine and of course the reward of coffee at the half way point.  Then there were my long weekend rides, all along scenic views like the Sumner to Alki ride where I had lunch with a spectacular view which looked out across the sound to the Seattle sky line.  Then there were the Sumner to Gig Harbor rides, with a magnificent view from the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.  I also participated in the inaugural south end "All Girls Ride".  FUN!  And of course my big big ride the RSVP.  Ride from Seattle to Vancouver BC and Party!  A two day ride which started at 6 AM on Friday, August 15th from the University of Washington's parking lot to Bellingham, WA with a total of 110 miles to my hotel.  And from Bellingham to Vancouver on day two with a total distance of 82 miles.  I'm always sad when my summer break ends and I'm back at work but on the bright side I go back with a great bank of memories of wonderful rides that will get me through the long winter months.  Summer 2014 was a super cycling season!  :-)

 Sumner to Gig Harbor
 Sumner to Kent Station for coffee

 Sumner to Alki for lunch
 Morning ride from Sumner to Kent

 2014 RSVP, Friday, August 15th and Saturday, August 16th

 Sumner to South Prairie for coffee

Inaugural all girls ride from Sumner to Gig Harbor