Today we had an interview with WMUR-TV. They asked us a few questions about our ride and then took footage of our very impressive “riding in circles” skill.
After that, we took off in the heat of the day to get a long ride in. We did a fun loop that we’ve done many times before - it’s fun to see vast improvements in our overall pace.
On today’s ride I learned that if you ride really fast with your mouth wide open it feels like you can completely dry out your insides! cool!
I also decided that our squad (actually Reid decided we’re a flock now) is comparable to the Power Rangers. Each riders respective power ranger depends on their handle bar tape. My bike, Thor, just got some sweet new yellow bar tape. Mary Elmore’s bike, Princess, just dressed up in some fresh pink bar tape. Here’s the line up:
Webster - black Power Ranger
Jamie - White Power Ranger
Oliver - Orange Power Ranger
Jacob - Blue Power Ranger
Reid - Red Power Ranger
Mary Elmore - Pink Power Ranger
Jade - Yellow Power Ranger
Gabby - Purple Power Ranger
To complete our ride in the hot hot weather we rode to the boat docks and jumped in!
Also, our kits came on Friday!!!!! This was ride #1 in the sweet new uniforms. We’re all pretty stoked with how they turned out and we’re ready to get them real dirty in T-17 days.
PS, Oliver dropped his water bottle today for what he claims is the first time ever.
Hi! This is my first ever blogging experience, so y’all will have to forgive my ineptitude. (Note: I used ineptitude, a big word, because I took the SAT this past Saturday and I’m still stuffed with vocabulary.)
It’s been a big week for our team! First, we spent our Sunday morning together on an extremely repetitive ride. You may be wondering what exactly constitutes “an extremely repetitive ride”, so I’ll fill you in. It involved 8 fairly sleepy teenagers, a parking lot, colorful cones, and a box of delicious little muffins. Essentially, we spent 3 hours biking in circles. Our fearless leader, Mr. Bill Whitcher, guided us through quite a few biking agility exercises. We learned the rules of the road and we practiced quick braking, u-turns, hand signaling, “looking where you want to go”, and lots of other things. Some of the members of the team took to the exercises like fish to water, but I found them to be a bit daunting. Thankfully, we all seemed to be fully intact afterwards. (I do have a mysterious bruise on my leg, though…) This success was probably due, in part, to the delicious little muffins mentioned above. (Shout out to Jacob’s mom, Karen. I’m doing my best to stop calling you ma’am just like you’ve asked.)
Our second big event of the week was on Tuesday morning. We’d been hoping for a long time that we would be able to have someone from Ride 2 Recovery come and speak to our school during morning chapel. I’m happy to report that Mr. Scott Wells was able to come and visit St. Paul’s on Tuesday morning to do just that! We got to have breakfast with him beforehand, in our lovely dining hall, and got some inside scoop on his work with Ride 2 Recovery. Mr. Wells gave a fantastic reflection in chapel. He didn’t bring up prepared notes or anything, and I actually think that made him seem much more “real” and not stiff or rehearsed. He spoke to us about his experience with PTSD and how he has been able to bond with other veterans through his time with Ride 2 Recovery. He’s even working on a R2R group right here in New Hampshire! All in all, I think his chapel reflection was a great opportunity for him to share part of his journey with our community and for our team to show off the amazing cause that we’re working to support.
The weather here in Concord is getting nicer each day as we get closer and closer to our trip. The sunshine that we’ve been dearly missing is finally, finally coming back and the plant in my terrarium is thriving. (Yes, I do keep a terrarium in my room. Maybe y’all will get lucky and I’ll include a picture next time. It’s my pride and joy.) Get excited for many more blog posts (and hopefully delicious muffins?) to come!
Jamie, Webster, and I set out this morning to get a ride in. We left earlier than the boys would have liked, but I knew the cool morning air would feel quite nice. It was beautiful weather! Today was the first actually "hot" day we have had this Spring and early morning 55* was certainly ideal. We took on a route that none of us had ever done and it turned out to be a new favorite for sure! It began with a rigorous elevation profile, but once we got into it we were on beautiful back roads winding along a serene river. We really developed a new appreciation for New Hampshire outside of our seclude SPS bubble while also breaking a few speed limits here and there. To throw a work element into our joyride we made sure to sprint for all yellow signs. All I can say is those winding back roads certainly aren't lacking warning signs.
We went through main st. Concord at the conclusion of our ride to get back to SPS and when we were at a stop light a very "friendly" man was sure to tell us his story of how he rode a bike once and that we need to acknowledge the moral lesson of tightening our seat posts when we ride or else our seats will just fall off! Thanks, man! Consider it noted!