Last Saturday I participated in the Tour De Cookie cycling event in Rockville, Maryland. What is that you ask? Tour De Cookie is an annual fundraising bike event put on by The Tree House to benefit Child Abuse Prevention programs in Maryland. That alone would have been enough to get me out there but then, cookies were added to the mix! Along the bike route there are 11 cookie stops hosted by local businesses and organizations. All the riders are invited to stop and enjoy freshly baked cookies and water at each stop.
The Tour De Cookie aims to be a family biking event and offers distances at 12, 26 and 42 miles. We chose to do the 26 mile option. Knowing that my first tri race of the season is in 4 weeks and that I really could use some more bike time, I was really excited to get the mileage in. My tri buddy, Holly and I set out to tackle the hills and the cookies of course. Below our first cookie stop (looking like “Pink Ladies).
There was a wave start and we kind of just jumped in and took off. We tackled lots of hills the first few miles and I felt great on my bike. Holly had to remind me a few times that it was a ride not a race but hey I figured why not see what my bike legs were feeling like after so much running the last few months.
We stopped at most of the cookie stops along the way to check out the yummy eats. I may have eaten way more calories than I burned that day but it was for a good cause right?! It felt great to get some real miles in on my bike. Our weather has been less than stellar lately and I have not been on my bike as much as I usually am by this time of the year.
They had these cute little signs to let you know when a cookie stop was coming up. The cookie stops were baked and “manned” by local Girl Scout troups, Church groups and moms clubs which really added a nice friendly touch to the ride.
We felt very accomplished after finishing our 26 miles and countless cookies. I love these types of rides because no one cares about pace and we could actually enjoy the beautiful countryside we were biking through. I will definitely be back next year with more friends.
I did, however, realize when I tried to do a short run afterwards that I am woefully unprepared for my tri in a 4 weeks. Back to the bike/run bricks this week!
Have you done a charity bike ride? What do you think of the cookies?