Whoa. I thought I should take a minute and update this blog...at least with some pictures. It's been busy around here!
Last week was Active Commute Week and Friday was Bike to Work Day. The weather was not cooperating but that did not stop commuters in Grand Rapids. Tons of businesses had pit stops with really good food and coffee. I am not going to disclose how many donuts I ate...mostly because I lost count :-)
I've mentioned before on this blog that I'm starting a kids mountain bike team (with the help from a TON of amazing people) and on Friday I was able to go on air with Shelley Irwin (WGVU) to talk about it. What made the experience even more fun was that Sage (one of the kids who gave me the idea) was able to go on air with me. We biked down to the station in pouring rain and it was so much fun. I can't even begin to say how proud I was of Sage. We biked through the city, got drenched and then went on air...and she handled it all like a pro!
Of course after our ride we had to go out for more coffee, hot chocolate and another dessert (because the donuts weren't enough!)
Saturday I woke up early to (guess what?) more rain. Michigan is clearly the new Seattle. After a quick breakfast I hopped on my bike to meet my teammates Juli and Melissa for a very important job! We were leading out 3,000 Girls for Girls On The Run! SO...MUCH...FUN! I couldn't help but notice that my knee-high socks were right on trend with all the girls around me. Glad to see that I'm staying hip :-)
The promoter sent us directions a few days before and I was like, "perfect! I can practice following a cue sheet." I've been so busy I haven't had time to do any sort of practice for Dirty Kanza (not thinking about that now!) Anyways, somehow we all managed to miss a turn within the first mile and a half. Oh dear...things are not looking good for me in Kansas.
But back to the race. It was incredible to see so many Girls On The Run!!! Lining up at the start was slightly terrifying as the promoter kept telling us to go out hard. Let me tell you...those girls are FAST! For one brief moment I thought I was going to get passed by them :-) By the time I was done my face hurt from smiling so much!
Sunday I woke up early again but it wasn't raining! Hurray! I met up with my teammates and friends and we did 7 laps at Yankee. Technically I should have been riding gravel but oh well...riding my Spearfish on singletrack is just too much fun. I was pretty tired by the time I was done and was reminded of how much I love my Spearfish. Best bike ever!!!
Grand Rapids Bicycles hosted the WMMBA bi-monthly meeting on Monday and I was able to talk about my favorite-est subject ever...The Grand Rapids Dirt Dawgs (kids team). The rest of the evening involved bikes..beer...and food. Such a good rest day :-)
Tuesday was the Skirts in the Dirt trail day at Cannonsburg Ski hill. We made a little new trail and...my arms are still recovering. Holy Moly, trail work is a really good upper body workout!
Wednesday night was our ladies ride at Luton Park and it felt like it was ready to snow. It's funny how I can ride in 20 degrees in the winter like it's no big deal but when temps drop to the 50's in May I feel like I'm going to freeze to death. We had a really great ride though and I have to admit that Wednesday nights are one of my favorite ride nights of the week.
So yeah..that's what I've been up to! Which brings me to FRIDAY!!! I'll be at the GRBC Ada location from 10-2 and 5-8 helping out so stop on by to say Hi if you are in the area. This weekend I'm going to be in full on panic mode. When I signed up for Dirty Kanza I thought that I would be 1,000 times more prepared then I am. I'm trying not to think about it because then I get really, really, really stressed about it. Luckily I don't have any long rides this weekend so I'm hoping I can get the Garmin that I just bought out of the box and figure out to use it.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!