50 Mi Tour de Habitat

Saturday morning I rode in the Tour de Habitat, a local bike ride to benefit the Habitat for Humanity. I rode this ride a few years ago and was happy to see that it was happening again after a few years off. The Habitat for Humanity builds and rehabilitates homes and brings neglected neighborhoods back to life.

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There ride began at Druthers Brewing Company in Downtown, Albany. I was doing the 50 mile ride! I was a little nervous because I haven’t been road biking in a while and the last time I rode that far was back in July. Oops.

Thankfully, I felt great all day! I brought along two 25 oz water bottles, snacks such as Gu, Honey Stinger Waffles and a cliff bar. There were three aid stations on the route that provided water, electrolytes, and pb&j sandwiches! There were about 25 riders doing the 50 miles. The route took us south of Albany all the way to Alcove, NY. I’m really familiar with area since I grew up south of Albany so it was nice to ride some familiar roads. The scenery was gorgeous!

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3 hours, 46 minutes of riding later I was riding back into Druthers! They were serving pizza and beer at the post-ride party.

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Very delicious after such a long ride!

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Cycling the Tour de Habitat

Hi friends. Its been a super busy weekend. Finally I have some time to sit down and tell you about it!

Today was the Tour de Habitat, the cycling even for charity. This being my first biking event, I had no idea what to expect or how many people were going to be out there biking.

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Chris, myself, and our friends Caitlyn and Rob were signed up for the 25 mile portion which starts at the Pump Station in Albany, goes 15 miles to the town of Feura Bush and then back.

There were not that many cyclists in this ride today…I was pretty surprised.

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Hi Caitlyn!

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When we checked in, we each got a set of directions on where to go. I figured I would be following the other bikers. No such luck.

Me and two other girls were last in the group. (I blame my mountain bike), so all we had was the map to find our way through the course.

The directions were pretty bad. Thankfully I know my way around the area very well otherwise I would have gotten completely lost. I was cycling by myself through the city for the first few miles. It wasn’t too bad, I just kept worrying about if I was going the right way or not.

Eventually we made it to Delaware Avenue where another woman riding in the event caught up with me and we rode together for awhile.

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Soon we were in the country…AKA my homeland. 🙂

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I was chugging along on my bike a few miles from the turnaround spot and I spot Chris! He came back to ride the rest of the way with me! 🙂

We got to the Turnaround and everyone was gone. No water, no food…completely gone. Thankfully I wore my camelbak and packed a Clif Bar so I stopped and refueled.

Chris and I rode all the way back together, which was nice. It was such a beautiful day!

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I’ll admit, biking on such major roads is kind of scary. It wasn’t too bad since traffic is lighter on Sundays, but I can’t imaging biking at rush hour.

Nearly three hours later we made it back to the Pump Station.

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Time for food and beer!

Cherry Brown — a new (to me) beer at Pump Station!

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The food was buffet style upstairs, they had a pasta salad, ziti, mashed potatoes, roast beef and green beans. Tasty.

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Chris enjoyed it, too!

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Overall–today was definitely an adventure. I had no trouble physically biking 25 miles, but because the course was not marked made it a little bit annoying. If I hadn’t met up with Chris in the middle the end of it would have been extremely boring…but at least we did it.

Would I do it again? Maybe…if the course was a little bit better.

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Cycling for a Good Cause

Its back to reality for me now. I had an amazing time in Colorado this past weekend and I was so sad to leave it. I’m so lucky to be able to travel to such a great place with Chris, the best travel buddy and boyfriend. 🙂 I made a brand new Travel Page to keep all my travel related posts in one place, so check that out if you missed anything! But now its back to the daily grind!

This weekend is the Tour de Habitat, my first cycling event! Thankfully in the past few weeks I’ve gotten in some time on the bike, but 25 miles will still be the longest I’ve ridden. I’m beyond excited! And I’m so thankful to everyone who donated on my first giving page to the Habitat for Humanity. You still have time to donate if you are interested since its such a great cause!

And I’m excited for the after party at the Pump Station, too. 🙂

 

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Tour de Habitat

I was flipping through the June edition of Adirondack Sports & Fitness Newspaper and came across this.

The Tour de Habitat! “Capital District Habitat for Humanity and C.H. Evans Brewing have something in common: an interest in the continued revitalization of Albany. The Tour de Habitat supports projects that make Albany a more vibrant and desirable place to live.”

I really love cycling, but I don’t get to do it as often as I would like because running takes over my life most of the time. But, this race is for a really good cause, and I would really like to ride it!  There are four distance options: 100 miles, 50 miles, 25 miles and 10 miles. I think I’m going with the 25 mile option. I’ve never ridden further than 10 miles before and I’m up for the challenge. Plus, I don’t have any September races on the schedule! Looks like I’m going to be cycling, at least I hope so!

All Over Albany, one of my favorite local blogs, has offered to Sponsor me by matching $50 of the money I’ve raised. A huge thank you to them!  I started a fundraising page, so please, please help sponsor me! Any little bit would help immensely toward such a good cause! 🙂 Donating online is really easy–just follow this link: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/jenmasa/TourdeHabitat.

My current goal is to raise $500 for the habitat for humanity. Help me do it!!!

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