By Colleen, age 12
Last Friday was a game changer. That is the only way to put it. I rode all the way into town, about 12 miles because we went the long way to Aunt Traci’s house.
I was kind of nervous that Mom would have to call Grandpa to come and get me because I’d never ridden that far before. The most I’ve ever done was 8. Once we got past 124 I knew we were definitely going to make it. And then when we got to the Greenway I started riding faster because I was excited and also because I wanted to get there before Traci’s garage sale was over. We just made it. It felt awesome to come riding up the driveway on my bike!
After this ride, my confidence skyrocketed for the Tour de Donut. On Sunday I said yes to a 10-mile ride in a heartbeat because I knew I could do it. I actually wound up going about 15 miles that day.
Since then Mom and I have been going on more rides and now I’m not afraid to get out of my comfort zone. Maybe that’s because my comfort zone is a lot bigger than it used to be! That one ride was the turning point in my cycling career.