I got up at 6 and left the house shortly after 7. Here is today's biking attire (Bikini top from Target, 14.99; Leggings from Target, 6.00, 4" Peep toe Slingbacks from Payless, 20.00)
The starting point was 9.5 miles away but I arrived with plenty of time to check in and buy my souvenir t-shirt.
The tour started around 9:15 and I hadn't run into anyone I knew yet but so many people talked to me while I was waiting in line and even when the tour began. They were mostly people who had seen me before - either in the Tour de Brooklyn, the 5 Boro Bike Tour and several others recognized me from the Transportation Alternatives magazine or website. It was constant recognition! (combined with the usual questions about my bike and footwear from people that had never seen me before...)
It wasn't until we were stopped that I ran into a friend, Mitch.
And shortly after at the midway rest stop, I bumped into that beautiful woman Natasha that I met on the Tour de Brooklyn! Remember her?
Moments later, I found my friend from my WW meeting, Malaika - it was her first tour ever and I'm so proud of her! (Not to mention she looked great!)
Here are some more of my favorite shots from the day and tour, in no particular order:
Mural I spotted on the way to the park-
I sort of love chalk-
My first time ever seeing the Unisphere with my own eyes-
Wiley from Transportation Alternatives, doing his thing-
Me, waiting in line for the tour to start-
I don't know where we were, but right after I took this photo...
...we climbed the steepest hill I have ever encountered! I made it, but I had my doubts - it was *that* challenging!
While cycling, I met a charming English gentleman, Avi. He told me that not only had he seen me at the Tour de Brooklyn, but he had photographed me (unbeknownst to me, of course). And sure enough, he showed me the photo on his camera. I am pretty sure he can get away with anything with that accent of his-
This is a fantastic old sign -
On Roosevelt Ave, on our way back to the start/end point, we passed the new Citifield (home of the Mets)
At the end of the tour, we returned to Flushing Meadows Park. Here I am with the Unisphere!
And back in the park, I am not sure what this thing is, but I love the hell out of it!!!!
After that, I rode back to Greenpoint and I stopped for my post-tour ritual: Wheat Beer & Fries @ the Habitat on Greenpoint Ave:
I actually had 2 beers (and about 6 glasses of water), then I came home. And in keeping with tradition, posed for my post tour souvenir t-shirt photo!
According to my heart rate monitor, these are my stats for the day:
- Total Time Cycling: 4 hours, 32 minutes (272 minutes)
- Minutes in the Cardio Zone: 255
- % of time in Cardio Zone: 93.75%
- Average Heart Rate: 141
- High Heart Rate: 185
- Total Calories Burned: 2, 150
- Total Miles Biked: 40.5 (this number comes from my bike cyclometer)
It was a great day for a bike ride and a nice change of pace to be in Queens and get to see things I had never seen before. Now I have to see if they ever open up the registration for the Tour de Bronx so I can register for that one too!
(The entire set of today's photos can be seen here)