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What is it about numbers that create such milestones of accomplishment? If you really think about it, a number is just a number, but there’s something alluring about a round number that’s higher than any other number you achieved in the past. Today I hit two round numbers, I have now lost 120 lbs and I rode the bike for 20 miles.

The bike ride was supposed to be an easy ride, nothing to major and not too far. I was a bit worn out yesterday so I figured it would be safer to just ease back into things and not overdue it. Yea, apparently that’s not how my brain works. Once I over shot my goal for the day I decided to just go for it and hit my goal for the weekend. I’m working on getting ready for a 25 mile ride on June 27th, which will actually equal a bit over 30 once I add in travel distance to and from the event. See, I have no way to haul my bike by car so I have to bike there first and home again.

I rambled down my favorite Rock Island trail and debated heading over to Jamiaca North but I just didn’t feel like tackling the hill up Old Cheney for the trip home. I ended up at Densmore Park, where Rock Island ends, and then looping back towards home. Since I decided to go for my 20, I ran up Billy Wolff and back and then finished out with a second half loop up and down Rock Island and a very tired ride back home.

Break on Rock Island

Rock Island Trail - Overlooking Star City Shoes/HWY 2

Break on Billy Wolff Trail

Billy Wolff Trail at the Intersection of Normal Blvd and South Street

Intersection of Bill Wolff and Rock Island Trail

Shelter at the Intersection of the Billy Wolff and Rock Island Trails

During the last 4 or 5 miles I was really fighting to keep going. My whole body was starting to hurt and I was debating between keeping going and just dumping the bike and laying beside the trail in the grass, hoping no one ran me over. So the last part of the trip was a mix of internal pep talk, whining and arguing. Part of me convinced I was going to die and the other part that wanted that 20. I’m so glad the drive outweighed the whining.

So maybe there’s nothing extra magical about 20 miles vs say 22.3 or 19.1 or etc, but it still seems meaningful to me and motivation to keep going. Now let’s just hope when I wake up tomorrow morning that I don’t regret it.

Well “The Little Red Bike That Could” and I went out for a ride tonight. Headed north down Rock Island, met up with Ross and rode out to Jamaica North and back home again. After parting ways with Ross, I stopped at Wagner’s on my way home. I love running little side errands with my bike, makes me feel cool or something.

Bikes on a trail

On the Jamaica North Trail

Today was a great day to ride a bike, so I did.

Ross, who bikes a lot more than I do, said we should ride today and it sounded like fun. We decided to meet up at 11AM near the Rock Island trail crossing at J Street.  From there we biked downtown and he convinced me to ride on the streets and use the scary bike lanes. The thing about the downtown bike lanes here is they go right smack down the middle of the street, it doesn’t make sense.

We meet up with Kelli, Anthony and the De Jabets and had lunch at Noodles and Company and the plan was to just head home from there. I wanted to scope out the best route to campus before heading home so after eating we biked down to campus. We went over by the Union and ended up seeing a little bit of a Native American dancing event on the plaza. I decided we should go down and pick up the new Antelope trail and head back to J street. We biked down past the stadium and picked up the trail where I believe it begins and started riding. Once we got back to J street, for some reason we decided to head back up south on Rock Island.

Once we hit about Calvert Street I was getting tired and we did stop for a bit. It was Ross’s idea to head out to Southpointe to get ice cream. After sitting for a bit I decided I might as well try and we took Rock Island to 27th and switched over to the trails of Tierra and headed to Southpoint. I survived this bike ride and I’m proud of that. After enjoying some ice cream we hit the trail off 27th and biked a bit up Pine Lake to 14th. The wind was amazingly hard to peddle against going up Pine Lake but we made it. Grabbed Rock Island again and stopped at Joyride bikes at 16th and Old Cheney. They adjusted my seat and helped with my kickstand, which was nice. I ended up buying a set of lights for my bike, which I had been needing.

At this point I wasn’t sure if I would be able to make the ride back home and did have a contingency plan in place in case I couldn’t. After stopping and with the new higher seat I felt like I could make the ride back home – I didn’t want to be a quitter either. So we rode Rock Island down to 27th and Capital Parkway and parted ways. I took the trail past the zoo (Billy Wolf I think) and then went up A Street to 33rd and on home from there.

After today’s big ride I feel pretty confident that I can make that ride in to work – that whole 2.5 miles. My biggest issue is how to get everything I want to take to work with my, like my lunch and etc.

My next big goal is going to be working on speed, today’s ride was pretty slow and relaxed and I’m averaging only about 9 mph. I do really enjoying riding the bike and I actually like how tired I am by the end of the day. I sleep really well on biking days.

Vital Stats

Name: Angela
Height: 5’8″
SW (2019): 475 Lbs
CW: 410 Lbs

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