Group Ride

Got in on a nice 7-mile group ride, organized by Halcyon Bike Shop. They host them every other Sunday.  They’re free of charge, and ideal for beginners.  This was my first time riding on actual roads with traffic, so it was a GREAT learning experience.

The ride started at the bike shop and ended at one of my very favorite spots in Nashville.  The Shelby Avenue Pedestrian Bridge.  This is the exact spot that I took my skyline photo when I first moved here in 2011.  <3

(c) Sarah Lee Photography – click image

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WHAT??

Training Day 3

Got deep in my head and tested my limits today.
20 miles in 1 Hour, 15 Min.  And 1,300+ Calories…
This one was for YOU, my fallen family.
#honorthefallen #AViciousCycle

I know this isn’t the wisest thing to do…  But as a side note, I did this with zero food or water intake.  I deliberately wanted to see how I would perform and feel running only on fumes.  The mind is so powerful, it’s scary sometimes.  I’ll be sure to fuel and hydrate going forward, but it’s good to know that I am capable of this madness.

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10 Miles

My First Mini-Milestone

I went back to the Music City Bikeway to try out my first 10 mile ride.  The section from Two Rivers Park to Shelby Bottoms is really beautiful.  I’m REALLY glad I bought these riding bibs – having padded bottoms is like night and day.  10 miles in 43 minutes makes me happy.  And relieved.  I think it’s a great starting point…

Here is a fairly helpful Interactive Greenway Map for Nashville.
I’m excited to check out other sections!
P.S.  Riding is incredibly therapeutic…

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Hell on Wheels

My face guards came in the mail!  I figured out that the wind while riding really dries out my mouth and nose.  I actually had a slight sore throat the next morning.  These have totally solved the problem.  They’re made of seamless polyester microfiber by SA Company.  The actual printing on the face shields is very high quality and vibrant.  They’re soft and they stay put.  RAWRRR!!

My Mom is NOT a fan of the skull, but as soon as I scare off my first mountain lion, I know she’ll have a change of heart…

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My First Ride

Today, I went out on my first bike ride…  The Music City Bikeway came very highly recommended – and now I understand why.  It’s over 26 miles long with a variety of landscapes and terrains.  The carefully constructed routes span from scenic greenways, major Metroparks, and leads right into the heart of downtown Nashville.  Even for someone with little to no attention span, my interest was totally peaked the whole ride.  **Oooo, squirrel!!**   Sorry, I’m back.

Two Rivers Park – Cumberland River at Sunset

My first ride was short – just over 4 miles.  I wanted to test the waters…  Figure out what muscles are going to be used most.  Get a feel for my bike, practice changing gears, braking, and finding ways to sit that hurt the least.  I’m going to take this bad boy out again tomorrow and see what my 10 mile time is…  🙂

#NerdAlert, I took my bike out on a photo shoot.  10-second self timer FTW.

I’d like to recommend the Lazer Blade helmet with MIPS (multi-directional Impact Protection System).  It weighs less than 1/2 lb, fits very comfortably and securely to my head, has excellent ventilation, and it’s just an over all good looking helmet…

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