I've never been a big "athletic" person. Sure, I go to the gym, take workout classes, lift the occasional weight, but take notice that these are all solo things that I can do from the comfort of the indoors. Organized sports and fast-paced things were never my forte, for fear that I could hurt myself and die. Completely rational, right?
We have a local organization called Go Bike Buffalo, whose mission is to educate people about bicycle safety and make Buffalo a more bike-friendly city. They've done amazing things over the past few years, and organizing the Buffalo Skyride is just one of them.
This is the third year that Go Bike Buffalo has put on the Skyride, and it was the first year that I've participated. I never felt like I was in good enough shape to ride up the Skyway, but since I've been taking weekly spin classes for a few months, I figured what the heck. So I registered.
Nicholas is an avid cyclist (he's actually going to be biking 500+ miles from NYC to Niagara Falls in August!) so he helped me out with my gear and my bike. There were two options that you could do- a 10 mile and 25 mile. I opted to go with the 10 mile because I really wasn't that comfortable yet riding long mileage through city streets. Spin class is one thing but when you combine cars with other cyclists and unpredictable weather, I needed to build up my confidence.
We took off from Riverworks Park (with a great view of the giant Labatt Blue six-pack) and...long story short...I did it!
I didn't die and I didn't crash and I didn't fall off the Skyway. I would say that was a successful ride! I had so much fun and I can't wait to do it again. Here are a few photos that Nicholas took with his Go Pro.