So I don't know if I have mentioned this but I have a new coach for this year - Coach Chad!! I am excited. Although I have had awesome success with MAO, I am ready for a change this year. I have known Chad for a long time and we seem to be doing well so far. He has me doing all these crazy tests to establish my zones or something and I had a bike test today. The weather was decent so I took the ferry over to the city and rode around Central Park. It was WAY fun. I only thought I was going to get run over a few times. The park is closed to traffic except for a small corner from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, which is great, but that corner with the cars gets crazy because there are cabs, which are obviously nuts, as well as horse-drawn carriages, which are just stupid.
The park is so pretty right now!!!!
In general it was not bad at all and in spite of the cars I actually found it way less annoying than Wash Park in Denver, because it is much farther to complete a loop - 6 miles or so. Also it is hilly so it's not just an easy, flat, boring ride. And there is SO much to look at!! Also the bike test kept things interesting as I beat the crap out of myself. Neat!!
Here is my bike waiting to return to Jersey on the ferry!!
The ferry is really expensive but it is quite enjoyable and quick to ride, so I think I would take it again. The location is great for riding because it drops you off on the Hudson River path which apparently goes all the way around the city. I will do that ride one of these days but it seems like more of a leisure ride because the path gets really crowded and you often have to stop. On Sunday I have another ride and the weather should be decent so I want to try to ride up to the 9W (the main ride people from this area seem to like). I can't wait!!! It's fun exploring a new area on two wheels.