After two years of procrastination – one thing that I quite excel at – I broke down and bought my first bicycle since center faculty.
It was actually the almost three months of quarantine that most likely motivated me probably the most. On June 1, after a short dialog with my spouse, Natalie, I ventured out to Crimson Wheel Bike Store. I used to be greeted by Nick, who knowledgeable me that he solely had three bicycles to promote. Extremely, one among them match me. So, I known as the boss, who accepted my buy, and I purchased a 2020 Trek FX2, a helmet, a saddle bag with a number of patches, a spare tube and a pump.
I used to be able to #BikeJCMO.
The primary few rides, I used to be fortunate to get a mile within the saddle close to my home on the backside of Colonial Hills. Finally, I grew to become daring sufficient to deal with one of many two hills that impeded my progress out of the neighborhood. As soon as I may trip up these hills, I felt like a child once more. The world was inside attain!
Every week after the primary week, I appeared to double and triple my distance. At my first JC Parks Group Trip, I used to be launched to David Bange – you may have most likely seen him driving round city someplace at someday throughout your commute. He impressed me to show my day by day route from an “out and again” right into a 10-mile loop! Connecting with him and some different associates on Strava (a cellular app used to trace jogs, rides and swims) additionally launched me to the various routes one can trip in Jefferson Metropolis.
Strava was additionally my gateway to the Trek Century Problem. This occasion – sponsored by Trek on Strava – was providing a mug and a bronze, silver or gold medal within the type of a stem cap to anybody who logged 100, 500, or 1,000 miles respectively throughout the month of July. My aim was to hit 100 miles. After I reached 100 miles after 10 days, I set my sights on 500.
On July 31, I logged my remaining trip of the month and hit 528 miles. Fairly good for somebody who hasn’t labored out since highschool soccer.
Quick ahead to in the present day and you’ll almost definitely discover me – 20 kilos lighter – biking the Katy Path from North Jefferson to Tebbets (roughly 27 miles spherical journey) or Hartsburg (roughly 22 miles spherical journey) virtually each different day.
Usually talking, the one factor that stops me from going additional is time. I do my finest to schedule my jaunts round my household and work schedule, however my extra versatile work surroundings has actually helped. I really like being surrounded by nature, with the wind in my ears and crunch of gravel beneath my tires, left to ponder life, the universe and all the things. It’s a time for me to meditate on life and heart myself.
When you have ever thought-about biking however have been held again by one excuse or one other (very like myself for much too lengthy), I’d encourage you to simply dive in. Go see Nick at Crimson Wheel – I used to be in final Saturday and I do know he has greater than three bikes to promote now! Higher but, do it this week and be part of us for the September Group Bike Trip at 9 a.m. Sept. 12. We will likely be assembly on the Noren Entry in North Jefferson Metropolis.
I’ll see you there!
Kenney Newville lives in Jefferson Metropolis along with his spouse, Natalie, and his daughter, Catherine. He’s the Director of Analysis Utility with the Vitae Basis and co-founder of Newville Consulting. The Newvilles are members of Immaculate Conception Parish, proud Rotarians and host the Social Media Discussion board on the Jefferson Metropolis Space Chamber of Commerce.