This Memorial Day marks the 10th year of the Mayor’s Hike, Bike & Paddle as a part of his Healthy Hometown Movement Initiative.
Runners had their choice between a 5k or 10k with the Four De Lis Classic Series. I did not enter either due to my racing schedule.
I considered the hiking portion until two of my buddies, Lee and Rodger, invited me to do the biking portion. Rodger told me about a bike I could use and keep if I wanted to.
I thought I would give it a try. Lee does varied exercises because blood clots in his leg ended his running career. He has run five marathons from NY to San Fran. Rodger is addicted to working out. He hits the gym 7 days a week for 3 hours. I mainly see him in the Yoga classes.
Today, we made our way to the Waterfront Park around 8:30. The events started at 8:00 and we knew they were giving out free shirts and helmets. We got the last of the adult sized helmets. The KY Brain Injury Association provided fittings and instructions about safety.
We visited all the booths and obtained information about upcoming events and water bottles. Volunteers handed out tickets for the Reggae Festival left and right.
Yoga and Tai Chi classes were taking place on the great lawn. The dog even found his zen for the day.
I was surprised to see so many people and a diverse crowd. The bikes were diverse too, such as these:
The biking event started at 10:00 and it took us about five minutes to get through the thick crowds. It was around that time that I got used to the new helmet.
The total biking distance was 16 miles and we were maybe 5 miles in when we saw the black Mustang leading the Elite cyclists towards the finish. They had to be moving 40 mph. The sound and formation of the bikes was inspiring.
Rodger, Lee and I peddled our way down Southern Parkway and into Iroquois Park. I thought we would make the 3 mile loop through the hills but the course stayed on the flat side. I wanted the challenge since I do hills in spin class.
The atmosphere was family like and I observed the biking etiquette which is similar to running. Everything was so organized to the point where the city workers were cleaning the streets after the final riders. That is why Louisville is such a clean city.
On the way back, there was a finish line to get that feeling of completion. I didn’t time our ride but it took us roughly an hour. I’m sure I could do way better if I was racing and closer to the start.
Overall, this was an excellent event perfect for all ages and abilities. Waterfront Park adds so much beauty and value to the city.
I definitely have a new hobby–Cycling!