Balancing Act of Riding and Family
This Saturday was much of the same if you have an active family with kids, and you’re a cyclist wanting to get in a longer bike ride. I have a road bike to test out and review, a Raleigh Capri 4.0. There’s lacrosse games on the other end of the city. 50 miles by car, 48 miles by bike. The lacrosse game starts at 12pm, which means I need to leave around 8:30 in the morning to get there and changed in time.
I quickly setup two bottles – one with Perpetuam, one insulated with plain water. In my pockets I shove Gu Chomps and an extra bag of Perpetuam incase I go over the 3 hour mark or its crazy hot.
Down 115 for about 19 miles.
Through Davidson and pass the Collier Lily ride.
Next is Cornelius, Huntersville.
Time trialing through the ghetto.
A quick photo of the skyline shot of uptown Charlotte.
Through Charlotte I roll.
Around 4th ward sending mental hello’s to Ben Wilson as I pass his flat.
A short cut down an alley with many memories.
Down East Blvd.
Booty Loop in reverse.
Colony to Rea
Rea to Ballantyne Commons
Right on Tom Short
Fields on right.
The shock and amazement of all the parents that I RODE my BIKE there?
Just a side note, make sure to pack extra calories if you’re going to be there all day long pack more snacks! I got a bit cranky at the end of the day do to lack of food and a ton of sun.
It has been over a week since updating you about my 30 days of biking challenge, so here is a quick update.
Day 1 : A 19 mile road ride
Day 2: A daily commute of 5 miles to Davidson, NC – take the bus from there to Charlotte and then a mile commute. In the evening I reversed it
Day 3: I only did the end of day commute, riding the bus completely stinks and makes me feel that I’m in a 14 ton coffin. Avoided it for the past week.
Day 4: em:pwr cycling lunch time group ride and then the bus/commute home.
Day 5: A early morning mountain bike ride before work.
Day 6: Rode my mountain bike into the weekend by knocking out 12 miles after work on the singlespeed 29er. I also scurried home to build up the new Airborne Goblin 29er.
Day 7: A shake down mountain bike ride at Lake Norman State Park. Adjusting my cock pit, getting used to gears and suspension
Day 8: A 28 mile road ride on the 29er mtb for fit and adjustment reason
Day 9: 7 mile afterwork mountain bike ride
Day 10: Built up a friends new Airborne Goblin, tweaked his new Stevens cyclocross bike and test spun around.
Day 11: (Today) Changing out some bits on my Goblin and beating it up around the block.