Tuesday, August 31, 2010

30 Days of Biking Starts Wednesday!

Happy September everyone (almost).  I'd really like to see the 230s this month and I'm going to do that by participating in 30 Days of Biking which starts today.  I'm kicking it off with a bunch of other people with a 10-mile ride that does a figure 8 through historic Northeast Minneapolis and Dinkytown (the college part of town).  The camera's coming with.  I'm stoked.

I'm considering doing a ride called the Greenway Challenge.  The city of Minneapolis is very bicycle friendly.  Despite her blustery winters, Minneapolis was actually named the #1 bicycling city in America by Bicycling Magazine in 2010.  There are even people who bike year-round.  I don't know if I'm that crazy yet, but we'll see.  Anyway, a few years ago, Minneapolis put in a 5.5 mile bike/pedestrian trail that runs across Minneapolis from east to west (or west to east, depending on which way you're riding) called the Midtown Greenway.  

The Greenway Challenge is a bike ride and benefit for the Midtown Greenway Coalition (the good people that brought us the Greenway).  I'd have to raise $250 in order to enter, then ride four round-trips on the Greenway for a total of 44 miles.

I only bike about 10-12 miles a day as it stands right now.  I don't know if I have the stamina for a 44 mile bike race (especially on a mountain bike).  It would have to be something I worked up to over the month of September.  

What do you think?  Would you chip in a couple bucks to help me participate?  Could I even stay on my bike for 44 miles?


  1. Heck yeah! You could do 44 miles. :)

    And I would totally support your journey with a monetary donation..

    So this past summer I met Brian Newhouse, he is the Classical Music Director for MPR in St. Paul. When he was younger he went on a biking journey and then wrote a book about it-I think you'll like it: 'A Crossing: A Cyclist's Journey Home' I read as much of it as I could online and was immediately drawn in. :D

  2. Thanks for tweeting about this! I'm going to have my own 30 day self challenge in NYC! Started with 8.5 miles today.