Going for a lovely ride in Montreal
On August 21, 2008 I decided to see for how many consecutive days I could ride my bike at least one hour; 250 days later, the streak ended, not because I wanted to, but rather because I went to Bangladesh for three weeks and was therefore unable to ride (Here is the post I originally wrote about the streak). For the past four years my cycling mileage has gone up and down: sometimes I rode hundreds of miles a month, and sometimes I went months without riding. For the last 8 months, however, my mileage has skyrocketed. As I think about it, I realize that the amount of time I spend on my bike is in direct proportion to the amount of stress I experience at work; for me, cycling is the ultimate antidote to the exaustion and frustration inherent to running a nonprofit.
Like many people, I find that I am most motivated when I have a very clear goal in mind. Last year, for instance, I trained for the Great River Ride, a 110 mile race with nearly 9,000 feet of climbing through the Berkshires. I knew that unless I did a lot of long rides–especially rides with a good amount of climbing–I would be unable to complete it. I am proud to say that, though it took me nearly 9 hours and my right shoulder felt like it was going to fall off, I completed the event!
Here I am about to start the race!
And here are all the stats from the ride: Untitled_by_peacefullofl._._.armin_Connect_-_Details_.pdf