For the month of May, I biked 158.19 miles in 16 days. This included the Tour de Cookie, Tour de DCPL, Bike to Work Day, and a week when I didn’t bike. I also ran 11 times for 31.60 miles, which included the Mother’s Day 5K.
I’m taking time off work in June, which means not as many commuting miles. I am running another 5K, however.
Many kudos to the folks at the DC Public Library for putting together this ride during National Bike Month every year. The Tour de DCPL is a social bike ride that makes stops at selected library branches to promote both bicycling and the various neighborhoods within the system. This year, the tour highlighted a few locations in the Northwest Quadrant.
I biked to work for the first time in months. (The last time I biked to work, according to my logs, was– January? Was it that long ago?) I got up bright and early, not only to beat the crowds, but because I also needed to get to work early. I rode to my new pit stop and had a friendly conversation with one of the volunteers as I picked up my t-shirt, fruit, and a granola bar. I passed by a couple more pit stops along the way, but I kept going.
I’ve recently discovered the East Coast Greenway, and have been using part of the route to get to and from work. The East Coast Greenway is a series of connecting trails and bike-friendly roads from Maine to Florida. If you watch for the signs (at the top of the photo above), you can navigate your way on the route. The section of the Greenway nearest to me conveniently dodges the big hill before the Metropolitan Branch Trail, which adds a little more mileage, but it’s worth it to me to not feel wiped out when I arrive at work. (I realize that climbing up the hill is a point of pride for bicyclists. I’ve climbed it many a time, but I don’t feel like I need to do it every time I go to work. Call me a wimp.)
It was a beautiful May day, and I felt great. I wish I could have stayed outside, but I went to work instead.
My first 5K of the year. Here’s how it went down.
If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I love cookies. When I heard that there was a ride called the Tour de Cookie, there was no question that I had to take part.