Come join us this Thursday night (07/26) for 1.5-2 hours of comfy, no drop, social, practice obstacles or whatever we feel like doing kinda ride. Meet on Pierce Mill Road in the upper lot across from the ice rink. Arrive around 5:30ish and plan to push off at 6:00pm. Mmmm Hmmmm! 🙂
I have had a lot of adventures over the years but this one definitely reaches podium level as I proudly scratch it off my bucket list. It has been about a full year since Ryanne created the facebook event proposing a DC to Pittsburgh rails to trail ride this June. Originally I was a “no”, thinking I could.. would never want to do that amount of rail to trail miles and wanted to save my vacation time for other adventures most likely with my boyfriend. Then I got laid off. Hmm.. schedule flexibility is high. Open-mindness to new experiences is high. Trip expenses were low. Then I became a “maybe” as the event weekend approached wanting to keep my optimism high that my dream job could call any day and want me to start that week. Since that didnt happened (yet) I signed on and confirmed the Monday (two days) before the trip that I was a belated “Hell to the Yeah!” Let’s ride!
So, did you do anything to love your earthy mother this past week/end? Well, we all should. I am always trying to find greener ways to live my life, but have much needed room for improvement. Did you ever hear the biggest room in the world is the room for improvment. Ahhhh, thats good stuff right there.
I remember Mountwood being a hot and nauseating heat last year and conditions were looking the same for this season. The trails are fast, flowing and not too technical. Comparable to north or boyce park but with a bit more climbing in my opinion. Since there’s no time like the present, let’s get this race season started!
The expert field pushes off and wouldnt ya know.. I’m the LAST one in the single track. Nothing I havent experienced many, many… many times before. I’m going to roll with the turtle mentality and “plan” to pick off a few hares later in the race. Right. I proceed.. alone.. and focus on finding some rhythm hoping for a solid pace before the sport class starts chasing me down. Before I know it I feel a sharp sting on my lower back and I’m quickly juggling the bike with one hand and in hot pursuit of one son of a beeyatch on or under my jersey! Muthaaa! I’m weaving all over the trail and cant find anything. I do not want to stop to drop back any further or worse give the jerk or its buddies a chance to hit me again. I later found out a few other racers got tagged as well and located a bug bite constellation on my back with five itchy bumps. Meh! Let the race season itchy bumps begin. Dang it!
For those who are not familiar, the Race to Anyplace is the largest indoor stationary bike race in Western Pennsylvania and one of the largest fundraising events for the W.PA / WV Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Sweet! Its a 6-hour relay race split up into (24) 15-minute intervals. Teams can consist of 1-24 riders. Most usually max out with about 12. The Pittsburgh BELLAs had 4 riders this year, so we each got to “enjoy” 6 intervals of our very own. Mmmm mmmm sizzle, burn!!
Ahhhh.. *leaned back, feet up* I’m so very happy to report the 3rd annual OTB BALL is complete and considered another success for the Pittsburgh BELLAs! A few more roundhouse kicks to the cancer FACE!! Our total funds raised are down some from last year, but we are still very happy to report we raised $3262.00 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!! I’m so proud of my team for taking on this event together. Take that ya stoopid blood cancers! Rrroooarrrrrr!! I am pretty certain Ryo can rock out the most intense roar out of all of us too, so dont make her do it. You’ve been warned