It’s been just over 6 months since we’ve started blogging about our winter cycling adventures. As we’ve been spoiled weather wise in Calgary over the past couple days (ok-weeks), we were feeling like we needed a bit of a celebration for getting this far. So in true David Letterman style, we are counting down our top ten moments from our experiences over the last half year.
Thanks to Kristi for capturing this shot. It’s rare to get a photo of the two of us on our bikes together.
here it goes:
10. Giving Kim a two thumbs up with the biggest smile on my face from outside of work on the very first day I ever biked in the winter (-18C).
9. Meeting up with a guy on my route – It rarely ever happens! He said ‘man, I just can’t keep up with you’ and I turned to him and said “I think that my panniers are just a bit heavier today’. He laughed and said that he was proud of me for being brave enough for biking through the winter
8. Meeting Tom Babin for the first time. I felt star struck.
7. Seeing the sun come up on one of my morning commutes. It was the first time in a few months where the sun lit a portion of my ride.
6. The day that I wanted to chuck my bike on the side of the road and walk home by found the inner strength to continue on.
5. My first experience with snirt. My hands were aching from holding my handle bars so tight. The fishtailing was scaring me so bad that the sweat kept me warm in the cold weather. A few short weeks later, realizing that snirt isn’t nearly as bad as a 15cm dump of snow.
4. When I was biking near Glenmore Trail by Chinook Centre in -20 temps. I could see drivers staring at me thinking “Oh, you poor girl” and I was looking back thinking “Oh, you poor drivers”.
3. Jan 6. Feeling defeated on my ride to work texting Kim saying how I didn’t think I could make it and her responding-“Keep going! I have an exciting email for you to read!”
2. Coffee with the #yeg bike crew. When we arrived we were greeted by the warmest of welcomes. It almost brought tears to my eyes.
1. Above all, coming into work every morning and seeing Kim’s smiling face and her first question being “how was your ride this morning?”
10. Putting my studded tire on my bike. It was one of those “I feel like a bad ass” moment. I don’t get too many of those.
9. Negotiating “snirt” for the first time and not white knuckling every single time I encounter it now.
8. Bike dates. The best type of date.
7. The moment I realized that winter cycling is in fact possible and not just for hearty, spandex clad men.
6. Experiencing the seasons change from fall to winter to semi spring (which in Calgary, can happen in a day).
5. Presenting at the Winter Cities Shake Up Conference in Edmonton with Kayls, and more importantly-meeting up with #yegbike pals for #coffeeoutside. It was truly magical.
4. Winter Bike to Work Day & Winterpalooza. Celebrating cycling in Calgary is getting better and better every year. The group bike ride from Eau Claire through downtown to the Municipal building had me grinning for the rest of the weekend.
3. Making it to work on the snowiest day, January 6 and being unable to contain my smile as Kayley arrived to our office after what seemed like the longest ride ever to work.
2. Meeting the most amazing and supportive network of #yycbike pals who offered us tips, featured us in their blogs, laughed at/with us and inspired us.
1. Normalizing cycling through conversations with friends, family, co-workers & strangers by simply making a commitment to cycle to work every day. And of course, couldn’t have done it without my girl Kayley!