Tour De Brew

 

Back in my senior year of highschool, my brother and I biked the Katy Trail from Sedalia, Mo to St. Charles, Mo. This 4-day trip took us along 230 miles of train tracks that have been turned into a gravel trail along the Missouri River across most of the state. It was an awesome trip that took us along amazing bluffs, small towns, and even a tornado encounter. Since then, my biking has been limited to a couple of times a year. After moving to the city, I realized most things that I do or need are pretty close to me. And I still don’t belong to the gym and need excuses to get some daily workouts in. So out came the bike. Now I’m not super comfortable with throwing myself out into city traffic and cruising down the street with crazy drivers but I was determined not to let fear hold me back. Not going to lie, the first time I was hanging out in the driver’s lane, I was shaking a bit and envisioning every head injury that’s come into my ICU. So when the opportunity to do Tour de Brew came up, I jumped all over it. This 30-mile ride highlighted popular breweries in KC plus some historical sites related to beer. And it took place early on a Sunday morning when the roads weren’t full of crazy drivers.

The starting line was at Knuckleheads Saloon in KC’s East Bottoms. It’s a funky blues and honky-tonk bar that even has a caboose outside you can drink in. 

A quick breakfast of homemade energy bars (we’ll discuss that goodness later) and a check of my tire pressure, I was ready to go, as well as over 1,000 other riders.

Pretty soon we were cruising down streets of Kansas City that I would have normally not felt comfortable on. It was great being around other riders with more experience so I could learn some better road habits. Plus with this many riders, I didn’t have to worry as much about a car plowing into us (I still worried).

My lovely crew of friends and co-workers made our first stop and KC’s very own Boulevard Brewery for snacks and hydration. 

Most of these guys had not ridden in a long time or ridden this far so I was super excited we were all out pushing ourselves.

The ride will full of the great sights KC has to offer, like the Country Club Plaza….

Thirty miles later, I was hot and hungry. The post party included tons of brats, potato salad, Boulevard beer, and blues bands.  I was lucky to run into rock star Beth, whom I used to train, and her lovely family. Even without a trainer, she continues to rock it and is still super active. She even gave biking a try with her husband and daughter that day. I love seeing clients keeping up with their goals even if I’m not around! 

My awesome co-workers Maria and Mary made the ride super fun and we all decided we need to get together for more biking adventures. At the end of the day, I felt more confident about road biking and think I might be ready to merge into traffic.


Have you tried something recently that was a little scary?

 

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