Sweet goodness – Saint Francis Tulsa Tough is almost here! I just can’t believe that in less than a week, thousands of cyclists from across the globe will be descending on Tulsa to see if they are Tulsa Tough. It’s going to be a busy, fun, exciting weekend. Are you ready?
When I started on this journey two months ago, I had a general idea of what to expect. I figured I’d volunteer a little, get a sweet looking t-shirt, check out the crowds, and maybe, you know….ride my bike a bit. What I wasn’t expecting was how much cycling would become a part of my life.
I think I might have become a cyclist…
After just two months of working towards my goal of my first Gran Fondo – I’m hooked!! When I’m in a sporting goods store – I gravitate towards the cycling clothes just to see what might be in stock. I no longer suffer from lycrophobia (fear of spandex). I catch myself trolling eBay and Craigslist for a deal on a road bike (not that I’m giving up my Townie but one can never have too many bikes). On a pretty day, all I want to do is go for a ride. What happened?!?! I used to be content with riding my bike a couple of miles every Sunday. But that’s all changed. I want to explore all the trails this amazing city has to offer. I want to see Tulsa from a different point of view. And I’ve even gotten my mother on board. At 62, she has started riding again and has even signed up for the Townie Ride on Sunday.
It’s go time…
And now, it’s here. The goal I’ve been working towards low these many weeks. My nerves are already getting the best of me. Just thinking about lining up at that starting line makes me jittery. I can’t wait to cross the finish line – exhausted and elated all at the same time. I may not have the fastest time on the course but I’ll have the best time! I’M SO EXCITED (cue the Pointer Sisters).
Take a chance! Come out and see what all the fuss is about! But be warned – you may find yourself trolling for a new bike….
Ginger is a long-time Tulsa resident who just happens to think Tulsa is one of the coolest places to live and enjoy life. There is always something happening and she’d like to share a few of the fun, great things she enjoys and loves about this city! In the upcoming weeks she’ll be spreading the word on how much Tulsa has to offer for those who enjoy an active lifestyle – whether it’s cycling, running, hiking, or just walking. Hopefully she will inspire you to get out, get some fresh air, and get moving. You can also find Ginger on her blog, Keep Tulsa Local.