Let two weeks go by and the difference a few 'safety' videos make! I am now officially a City Bicyclist Extraordinaire. From country mouse to city slicker, oh yeah! How did this happen, you ask? Well...
Veronica and me all ready for Yoga in the Park! Please disregard crooked helmet...
Also, Veronica has officially been 'pimped' and is now sporting a beautiful bell and basket, which I heart very much.
I love my new DringDring Bell, it is very loud and beautiful!The bell is from 'dringdring', a Canadian (Montréalais) company that hand paints with non-toxic paint and glaze metal bells. This one is a limited edition Art Deco style that you can't order online (I assume, since I emailed the owner- in FRENCH I might add, but she just never emailed me back... lame), which I was ecstatic to find in a local bike store on Friday. I was so excited in fact, that I marched up to the cashier dude and announced: 'I found my bell!' (he didn't quite understand my level of Joy...).
The basket was a gift from awesome friends Heather and Kevin, who found the perfect metal basket from the Superstore for 7$. It is perfect.
This Saturday Andrew, Kevin and I biked down to the park to practice yoga (and were joined by four others). I was able to bring my water, snacks AND a yoga block in my basket. Pedaling down the busy streets, I confidently used my three feet of road, going in the left or through lanes in intersections and even used the correct hand signals!
Riding back from the park, however was a different story altogether. I have found out that the ride from our apartment to Point Pleasant Park is just slightly downhill, which is perfect. Unfortunately, after an hour of practicing in the hot sun, the ride back against crazy maritime wind and slightly uphill is NOT fun.
By the time we reached about 10 blocks away I made Andrew get off his bike and we walked the remainder. My legs felt like jelly. Hah. Mental note: strong yoga-walking legs do not equal strong biking legs. Also, eco-sunscreen is a new must.
I am no longer afraid of biking in the city. Now if only I can swallow the whole '45 minutes to get anywhere on a bike' and 'paranoia that someone will steal my beautiful Veronica and her Bell' issues....
Our 'Yoga in the Park' bikes and Kevin! We actually had one more join the crew afterwards! Four Bicycling Yogis
View of the sailboats from my mat
Andrew skipping rocks pre-yogaHow goes your bicycling adventure?
(ps- Happy Long Weekend my American Eco-Yogi-nis!)
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