My First 60 Mile Bike Ride

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Since a little before the New Year, I've been biking regularly.  I guess it really started when we lived in NYC last summer and I bought a Citibike membership (a bike share program) and biked to work and back.  So, when we got back to Florida, I wanted to get a bike.  I started small 3-4 mile rides.  Then found a nice 10 mile loop I liked.  Then a bit longer...  

For the most part, I'm what I'd call a "purpose oriented rider".   I like to bike for a purpose.  To commute to work, bike to the cafe, go to dinner, etc.  I started to stretch beyond my 10 mile loop in my neighborhood and started biking to dinner.  On the weekends I would ride to my Mom's house or a bigger loop.  But, what really started to kick things into high gear was when I challenged myself to a "no car week".  I biked for everything.  I biked to work everyday (about 9 miles each way).  I grocery shopped on my bike.  I went out for entertainment on my bike.  

To end this "no car week", I challenged myself to a loop around the south side of Jacksonville.  It was about 60 miles in total.   Again, as a purpose oriented biker... I had objectives along the way.  I stopped for breakfast.  I hit the bike shop for their annual customer appreciation sale (didn't buy anything).  Grabbed lunch at The Town Center.  Pedaled out to the beach for a bit.  That's where the real fun started....  MAJOR headwind as I headed south down the coast.  Just about took the life out of me.   But I made it.  You can see my loop in the pictures.  I will challenge myself to do this again, soon!

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