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Denver Event: Bike Parade for 26th Avenue Bike Lane Opening

0 COUNCILMAN HERNDON'S FAMILY BIKE PARADE

Saturday (tomorrow), August 9th at 11am on the Green in Stapleton. Celebration at the Smiley Campus until 1pm.

Councilman Chris Herndon invites you to join his family bike parade and celebrate the opening of the 26th Avenue bike lane. The parade begins at 11:00 AM at The Green on 29th Avenue in Stapleton and ends with a celebration at the Smiley Campus in Park Hill.

Decorate your bike, pack a picnic lunch and invite your neighbors!

Joining the fun at the Smiley Campus:

  • Denver Fire Department

  • Denver Police Department

  • Bike Decorating with BikeDenver

  • Denver Animal Shelter & adoptable animals

  • Northeast Transportation Connections

  • Walk2Connect

  • Farms 4 Kids & farm animals

  • Denver Municipal Band

  • Food Trucks

  • Bombo’s Shave Ice

Go Fartlek

2 Fartlek Cyclocross

Fartlek, which means “speed play” in Swedish, is a training method that blends continuous training with interval training. The variable intensity and continuous nature of the exercise places stress on both the aerobic and anaerobic systems. It differs from traditional interval training in that it is unstructured; intensity and/or speed varies, as the athlete wishes. (Source: Wikipedia)

The art of exploring is why I fell in love with biking some 18 years ago. The ability to just go find new places and adventures on my bike without the demands of school, sports practice or home life. It was a great escape and something I think we all forget as we grow up.

This past Monday when Emily and I got back from our weekend in the mountains I hopped on my bike and went for a fartlek, or Fartlick as my iPhone calls it. The goal was to blend in different speeds, try new routes and see how my knee felt on the single speed. The result was great, I enjoyed myself and found new trails near my house. An elevated my heart rate also showed me that my knee isn’t ready for the single speed just yet.

Do you implement fartleks in your training or weekly rides? What do you find?

I find new places to take photos, time to beat up on the pedals and needed bike time without a Garmin or HRM. During big training blocks I often find my best power over time results as I’m just getting in a groove with out focusing on the Garmin.

Now, go fartlek. Take a friend if you can!

Photo Disclaimer: I lost my bar ends on the ride, they will be replaced ASAP!