Here are the 6 of us before the ride started.
Now, just something for me that I wanted to remember because this is my "journal" as well. You can read if you want, but you don't have to. I originally wasn't going to participate because I should have been over half way through my pregnancy. When I had the miscarriage Andrew kept trying to get me to sign up for it because he knew I needed something else to focus on. I kept telling him no. Then when my parents and sister were in town in August for my brothers graduation, we went on the bike ride with Kristen Armstrong for her celebration (you can read about it here.) That was the first time since the Goldilocks Bike Ride I did in July, that I had gotten on my bike and it reminded me how much I enjoyed riding my bike. So after that I decided I would do it, but after taking a month off from riding I definitely had to retrain for it. There were some emotionally challenging times while training. There was one training ride in particular about 2 weeks before the ride Andrew and I had set out to ride 25-30 miles, but something happened and I emotionally broke down on a particularly hard part of the ride and it hit me that the only reason I was out there was because I wasn't pregnant anymore and I really wanted to be. I cried while riding for a few miles while Andrew listened to me vent and be sad. After that happened, we decided to just ride 20 miles and I almost decided not to do the Park to Park Pedal at all. But I also knew that if I didn't to the Park to Park Pedal I would really regret it.
Even though it was hard (a little physically, but mostly emotionally), I am so happy that I didn't give up and that I persevered and that I finished it. I wasn't very fast, but that is OK with me. I did it and I am proud of myself for accomplishing it. Now, I really want to get a road bike so that I don't have to use my mountain bike for these rides. If only I could grow a money tree in my backyard that would produce the almost $1000 I would need to buy one of the lowest entry road bikes.