The Montauk Century was postponed to next week…
Which conflicts with the Brooklyn Half.
Ugh. Why do you keep doing this to me Mother Nature?
NYRR literally just announced this 5K (and fun run) in Prospect Park to coincide with the Mets hosting the MLB All-Star game. So excited for this! I’m gonna get all my friends to sign up!
A bit odd that this race is in Brooklyn while the Mets are in Queens. I guess more people are willing to go to Prospect Park than Flushing?
My inaugural bicycle commute!
Here it is, there and back:
I forgot to start my Garmin until a little ways into the way to work, and I had a doctor appointment after work with a ride that isn’t represented here, but overall I rode a bit over 12 miles today.
Riding through Astoria to the Queensboro Bridge was very pleasant - there’s not nearly the volume of cars in Queens as there is in Manhattan.
Getting up Queensboro was actually more difficult than I had expected. I definitely had to put some effort into getting up. I did have the seat a bit lower than I should have (I am still getting used to the bike), which certainly didn’t help.
Once in Manhattan, I made my way to 2nd Ave to go south, where I encountered way more traffic than I expected. Overall it didn’t take longer than I expected to get to 39th Street, but I think I’m going to try Lexington Avenue tomorrow.
39th, fortunately, has a shared bicycle lane (basically one regular lane has designated markings for bikes), making the westward trip fairly simple. I even got waved on by a taxi driver who had been honking at a standing car blocking part of his lane!
Upon arriving at my office, I was greeted in the lobby by a man who explained I couldn’t use the main elevators. I was directed to go around the side of the building and use a freight elevator. Now, I have to assume this is a policy that covers all bicycles, because my bike is no bigger than a large suitcase when folded. Heck, if I just had a carrying bag, I doubt anyone would have bothered to look in my direction as I came in.
Regardless, I took the freight elevator up and parked my bike in my cubicle. My cube’s not all that big, but I had no problems with it being there. I got quite a few questions and remarks about it from co-workers throughout the day.
After work, I made my way toward Grand Central for a doctor appointment. I was worried my bike wouldn’t be allowed in the building - I was prepared to give a “my bike lock broke today” speech, but the guard didn’t say a word about it. I think my doctor was a bit surprised to see it though!
Then I made the trip home, heading up 1st Ave, which was surprisingly hilly. Riding east on the Queensboro is significantly easier than going west, with a shorter distance to the bridge’s apex.
I saw a woman running with what looked like a pretty loaded backpack as I made my way across. I always hated running with a backpack, so I have to give her props for doing it across a major bridge.
Back in Queens… not much else to say. It was a pleasant ride though!
I will admit I was a bit worried about this commute, but I never once came close to having a close call. I know that won’t be the case forever, but it’s nice to have that first ride out of the way without a mishap.
Tomorrow I shall ride again, and after work I’ll be heading to a free bike maintenance class at the SoHo REI!
Happy Bike Month!
Just took the new bike out for its first ride!
It was magical.
Tomorrow, I commute to work by bicycle!
Zombie race with coworkers tomorrow!
Should be pretty awesome!