With two weeks left until Bike and Build (donate donate donate!) I decided it was time to bring my casual bike ride form of training to the next level by joining the MIT Cycling Club for one of the Best Ideas Ever – Intercollegiate Ice Cream (ICIC) Rides.
Basically, some kids with bikes from Harvard and MIT meet up on Thursdays for a nice bike ride to a new ice cream place around Boston. Did you HEAR that?! Ice cream, biking AND inter-collegiate-ness. If that’s not the best idea ever, I don’t know what is.
It’s meant to be an easy, social ride, which was good for me because it was my first time riding in a group, and I’m still a pretty novice cycler.
About halfway through, I was kind of tired and really looking forward to that ice cream.
A bit afterwards, I began to realize we had gone pretty far and had passed several perfectly respectable-looking ice cream shops already. Hmmm
Several miles later, I began to wonder if there really *was* any ice cream, or if this was some cruel joke by the MIT and Harvard Cycling clubs.
Then there was this huge hill – oh man, it lasted forever! I just had to keep going higher and higher and higher…. I must have been going half a mile an hour to get up it. I’ve never biked up a hill like that. Halfway through, I was thoroughly convinced there was no ice cream and wondered what I had gotten myself into, but I kept going because I really had no choice – I had no idea where I was.
I finally reached the top and- man, that felt good. The small part of my soul that hadn’t lost hope about the ice cream half-expected the ice cream to be at the top of this mountain, because, well, we surely wouldn’t keep *going* would we?
But we did. Luckily – and quite literally – it was all downhill from there. We passed one of those machines that tell you your speed on the road about halfway down, and whizzing by, I clocked a speed of 24mph. Going that fast was a such a great feeling – I’m really excited about this summer!
Not long after and much to my surprise, we actually did end up at an ice cream place- The Chilly Cow- and I had one of the most deliciously rewarding smoothies ever.
The ride back was – surprisingly – only five miles (for a total of 18 miles). We didn’t have to go up the Hill of Death again, but if we had, I think I would have been okay.
I hope you are all enjoying your summer days as much as I am, and if you’re not, go biking and get some sun and ice cream. =)
I agree. Biking + icecream = awesome.
Wow… from a girl who loves ice cream and biking (though just for fun..)
ICIC sounds like a realllly awesome idea. In fact … I might just have to join that next year. We’ll see. Have fun biking this summer!
The ice cream is a lie!
What flavor? :D
What a cool idea! (No pun intended)
That sounds AWESOME! My friend Brooke told me she was participating in Bike and Build as well, I hope you guys have a blast!
Sigh…. summer hasn’t started for me yet… projekts, projekts, projekts.
hello karen iam new in us this my first post to you my dream is to joing mit hopefully you help me
That sounds like fun! crazy, tiring and hard but fun
take a picture of the hill of death :D