October 5, 2012

TA Ride

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:02 pm by Lisa

So here it is 8pm on a Friday night and I’m beat and totally ready to go to bed. Took me a second to remember what I did today…

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A 42km bike ride with another 25,000 people, give or take a few thou… (that’s me, on the side towards the back 🙂 )

A few years ago, Tel Aviv started a tradition of closing down some of the major roads in the city, as well as the highway leading into the city (the “Ayalon”), during Succot for a major bike ride. This is the first year I was able to do it and it was really cool! There were 3 different distances – 42km, 22km (these were the same route, but the 42km did 2 loops) and 7.5km.

The gathering point was about 2 minutes from my house so I didn’t have the hassle of getting there. The only problem was that after the start, there were so many people, it took about 10 minutes until I got to the starting line, and then about another 3 kilometers until we were able to really start to ride. It was super congested! I started out with my cleats on but I was very nervous with so many people around me. In the end, when we turned off the highway, I pulled over and changed into my sneakers. I wasn’t able to be as effective with my pedaling but I felt a lot more confident on the bike.

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The above picture on the highway makes it look like it was really clear, but at the time I was out there, there were a ton of people on the road – I tried to find some other pictures but no success. That’s surprising because LOTS of people were just riding one-handed with their phones in front of them taking all kinds of photos, swerving around, slowing down, etc..

My time was nothing to write home about due to all the delays, swerves and stops I did (so I won’t even bother posting it here), but I was pleasantly surprised how good I felt on the bike. I’m tired now but I wasn’t tired at all after the ride so I’m sure there’s another 20 or so kilometers in me, without even making an effort.

That’s a good thing because I’m planning to do a ride in November that’s around 90km. Really looking forward to that one!

As for now, I’m just going to hit the hay and get some needed rest!

BTW, did you know that my sister just started a new blog about healthy eating (it’s all about how she gets her three adorable kids to eat what’s good for them!)? Check it out! House of Bedlam!

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3 Comments »

  1. Judy and Bill said,

    That was a great blog. I loved all the pics…felt as if I were there. The middle of Tel Aviv always looks like that, so what is different? (Only joking). Thanks for the info about Elaine’s blog, I just read it and loved it. I am ready to send her whatever recipes she might like to try, I have about 20,000 or so in my recipe file!

    yasher kacha on the bike ride and may your strength increase and your time decrease in which you do it.

    Much love and Chag Sameach,

    Judy and Bill

  2. Thanks for the shout out sis!

    Did you take that shot on the highway???? What an amazing image

  3. Joan said,

    You need one of helmet cams. Cool pics.


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