May is bike month. I have set a few goals for myself this riding season and year. The first is to ride 5000 miles this year. It’s been more than a few years since I have accomplished this, but I feel that this is the year to turn that around. Recently, I calculated that I would have to ride 130 miles a week for the rest of the year to hit my goal. Knowing that I might not ride much in late November and December increases that weekly total. That seems a bit daunting while I am getting my legs (and butt!) used to longer mileage rides. However, I love a challenge. Depending on how my May and June rides go, I might try to tackle the RAIN ride in July one more time.
Whether you have been riding already this year or have been waiting for the start of the season, May is the time to get on your bike. The air is pungent with lilacs and honeysuckle and freshly turned dirt in the fields ready for planting. Drag that bike down from where it’s hanging, give it a quick check (air in the tires, brakes in working order, chain and other components functioning properly), and go for a ride. If your bike isn’t ready to ride, you know the guys at Gear Up can get you back on the road.
I am just finishing riding every day in April (30 Days of Biking) for the fourth year in a row and am planning to ride every day in May for the National Bike Challenge. You don’t have to ride a lot of miles to be eligible from May through September to win prizes. A few of the places you will find me riding in the next month will be on the Monon to Bicycle Indiana’s Annual meeting at Bent Rail Brewery on May 1, on the Katy Trail in Missouri, to work on Bike to Work Day May 19. A four-part Women’s Ride Series will start on May 20 at 9 AM at Gear Up with a 25 mile road ride and a discussion of basic bike care. (Additional dates in the series are June 15, July 20, and August 13, each with a different topic and a 25 mile ride. Mark your calendars, ladies!) And I will occasionally be joining the B group (recreational pace) on Wednesday evenings from Gear Up.
Whether you have a goal for riding lots of miles, getting out one or two days a week, or just having more fun on your bike, get out and ride! You’ll be glad you did!
Enjoy your ride!
Carole Terry, Gear Up Ambassador