Alternate title: Half Marathon T-4 weeks
So you already know I only ran once during my trip even though I planned three runs. Sightseeing in NYC requires an immense amount of walking, and it wasn't worth injuring my foot further or permanently (if it isn't already) to get in a run.
I had been seeing these bikes for rent (citibikes) all over the city and decided that I would partake in that and head North on the greenway on Friday.
I was a little nervous about bicycling around the city because people in cars are absolutely crazy, and bike-commuters seem to always be cutting it close. Not to mention, I didn't have a helmet.
A note on how citibike works: you go to the kiosk (which is kinda hidden because it's really small but it's where the vertical sign is), it tells you what to do, you insert you payment (I think probably credit/debit card only since they hold $101 on your account in case of damages to the bike), and it gives you a code that you have to remember. You walk over to a bike that's racked and enter the code which unlocks the bike. For $9.95 (I think) you can take as many 30-minute rides as you want within 24 hours. But if you don't return a bike within 30 minutes you have to pay $4 for the next 30 minutes, and then there's another larger fee over that.
I decided to walk to the closest citibike terminal to the greenway to avoid as much traffic as possible. I also decided that I would rather break the law and ride on the sidewalk than die, so I took the sidewalk down to 11th Ave and crossed over to the greenway.
These bikes are cruisers, and not built for speed, though I saw some people going pretty fast on them over the course of my trip. I thought they must be really in a hurry to care about pedaling that fast or maybe I got a crap bike. I leisurely pedaled my way north on the greenway, thinking how glad I was that I had ran south the day before because the scenery was lacking in this area. I decided I would just pay the extra $4 for my trip being longer than 30 minutes rather than try to deal with crossing 11th Ave to dip my bike. Also as I was riding along I couldn't remember my code and I wasn't sure if I would be able to recover it at the kiosk, but I am guessing if it can identify you by your card then it would probably give you your code again?
Sadly, after a few miles, the greenway was closed for construction (everything in NYC is under construction!). I didn't go around to see if I could get back on, I had been riding about 20 minutes and decided I would just turn around and rack my bike before I got charged the extra bazillion dollars for returning the bike after 60 minutes.
The part of the greenway north of 30th St. is mostly under an overpass. I never forgot I was in the most urban part of the country like I had the day before. I also wasn't able to pedal much faster than I could run, which worked out fine as I kind of enjoyed the relaxing nature. I also wasn't able to steer this thing with one hand, so I didn't take any pictures!
Saturday was chilly in the AM, so I opted for the stationary bike in the hotel gym, which was actually a really good workout.
All in all, I got in what I needed for the week. The time on my feet ended up being pretty exhausting, so I'm going to say it only could have benefited me.
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