Barb and I had our first real ride of the season last Saturday, May 1 out in Shawnee Mission Park! By real I mean not in a spinning class, biking to nowhere, but rather out on the road with real scenery and real, very real hills. The ride was sponsored by WOW (click on the title of this post for more info) - a great organization for KC women bikers. The weather wasn't perfect (in fact I was freezing by the end), but we still had a blast and squeezed in a mere 16.6 miles. Not bad for my first time back in the saddle! We got lost, as usual, Barb and I always seem to get lost, but if I can just vent for a minute - mark your courses!! There is nothing more irritating to a rider than being sweaty, dirty, exhausted and at the end of your ride doing extra miles because someone "forgot" to put a sign up to turn right into the finish line...Either way, it gave us a good laugh and we came to the conclusion that it isn't important getting from point A to point B, but rather what happens inbetween that makes the ride a good time (a little life lesson for ya there ;)
Barb's skipping out on Patti and I tonight as we join the rest of KC down at First Fridays in the Crossroads District. She will be sipping wine and admiring the art, while we are peddling and sweating and enjoying the spring weather by bike - my favorite new way to see the city. We're kicking off the MS Training Ride schedule tonight so don't worry, many more rides/stories ahead!
For a list of Kansas City training rides click here - now get out there and RIDE!