Training Day 1: 15 miles
Trip Start May 04, 2013
5Trip End May 09, 2013
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In less than a month, I am going to bike the Great Allegheny Path (GAP) with my amazing siblings and siblings-in-law. The trail is pretty flat but it is roughly 140 miles. We won't have a support van so we will carry everything we need. That makes this kind of a backpacking trip on wheels. Only (and this is the genius of the trip) we will get to stay at a bed a breakfast at the end of each day.
I run enough that I'm in reasonable shape. I figured I would do a few training rides and be good to go. So I took the basket off my bike, put on my second best running shoes and headed out.
I learned quickly that I am an idiot. When a construction crew started to laugh at me in my rosebushI thought of calling a cab. I don't need to learn how to bike. I could stick with running. We could always hike the GAP
I'm a grown up and I can avoid most challenging situations. But I don't think we are supposed to. I think we were built to be pushed. Complacency is addicting and the more complacent you become the more your world shrinks. Being pushed often means you have to be bad at something. Sometimes you need to be bad at it for a long time. But that is okay.
Not that I thought of this sitting in the rose bush. I just figured it would be faster to bike than to wait for a cab. So, once I could move my legs, I kicked the bike off me, untangled my hair and made my wobbly self finish the ride.
It is entirely possible that this trip is bad idea. But I'm already grateful for it. My bum is sore and my ego is bruised. I figure that is a pretty good place to start.