Bike ride a success! Yay! I felt pretty good during most of it. If I could do one thing differently I would have worn long pants instead of capris and maybe another layer of shirt. It was on the cold side, especially when the wind kicked in. But I had fun and feel a great sense of accomplishment from my day.
There were so many great parts of the ride. It was amazing how fast we made it to Central Park from lower Manhattan when we didn't have to stop at traffic lights. Blasting through red lights was fun, as was going up 6th Avenue and seeing iconic buildings like the Empire State Building. Central Park was beautiful in bloom for spring. The views of the city were spectacular, especially crossing the Queensboro bridge with the Roosevelt Island tram passing to my left. I enjoyed when I was approaching the bridge from the FDR and could look up and see all the bikers riding across the bridge instead of the usual traffic. It was also fun looking down at the FDR from the bridge and seeing it completely packed with cyclists.
There were a LOT of people participating today. (Maybe too many. There were several times we got so cluttered we actually had to stop to space out.) I loved when we went onto the BQE and no one could resist the natural urge to "check to see if any traffic was coming" as we merged from the entrance ramp onto the empty highway. I chuckled when I saw people in front of me do it, but still caught myself doing the same. The Verrazano bridge was exciting because it was a tough uphill, but it was the very end, so I knew I could give it all I had left and I would be okay. I loved going over that last hill and racing down to the finish.
I had a great team of friends to ride with and hope we do it again sometime!