I’ve mentioned before about cycling challenge among European countries. I’ve also participated that challenge with my bike via Naviki app.
When I realized that challenge my city İzmir was the second city in the leaderboard and it was trying to win the challenge. And happy ending! We won the European challenge as a city. The challenge was between 1-31st May and finally ended 4 days ago.
Even I’m interested in cycling I didn’t hear before that my city is the part of European Cycling Challenge 2017 this year. Ironic.
I live in İzmir which is one of the most beautiful and (wants to) bike lover city in Turkey. City government tries to do something nice about cycling day by day. Like bike ways (even they’re short, but important anyway), rental points and being in the events about cycling etc. Accordingly, city has taken the part in the European Cycling Challenge.
After 4 week challenge I thought that it could be nice to take some break. I was wondering whether I’m gonna miss cycling or not.
I wasn’t cycling regularly 2 months before today. I was just cycling some days and riding it for commuting sometimes. But it wasn’t easy to cycle for commuting every time. Than I quit my job interestingly and I decided to cycle while I was looking for a new job.
Finally I’ve finished the 5 miles a day challenge. It went beyond 5 miles a day and it made me happy in general. I thought that I should finish the challenge at the end of the 4th week cause I was afraid to be bored cycling. Being in a challenge could be hard and If I didn’t want to give up cycling for the next days. So, I’ve decided to finish at the right time for me.
So the last week has started over 8 miles and continued again over 8 miles in the day after. The 3rd day was awesome cause I could do over 10 miles. In the two days before the last day my performance was very poor. I thought that it could be the hot weather and the exhaustion of last days. I was in a nice town last 4 days of the challenge, I enjoyed but these poor performance was unlikable.
Challenge: Day #31
Yes! This is the final day and this is the new record day for me. I cycled under the shining sun and it was wonderful maybe due to the pleasure of accomplishing the mission. It was hard because I made an extra effort to cycle for highest distance of the challenge. I did 11,34 miles which is perfect for me. I’m so happy cause it showed me that I can do more in the near future.
I’m gonna write about to analyze my challenge. But I can say that it was a great experience for the person who can’t discipline oneself like me and I like it with the positive and negative aspects.
Challenge: Day #30
My performance becomes poor recently. I don’t know why. Actually I was enjoying a bit more cause I’m cycling on new places since 3 days. Today I did 7,08 miles and I didn’t like it.
Finally, I’m gonna finish this 5 miles a day challenge tomorrow. It will be one month and I guess it’s enough for this challenge. I just want to cycle for enjoying and of course I will make the new challenges later on. I hope I can improve the performance at the last day of my challenge.
Challenge: Day #29
Today I couldn’t cycle over 8 miles. I was feeling very tired for a reason I don’t know. On top of that it was a hot day here. I did 7,13 miles today and I could even do it with great difficulty. This was the worst performance of this week up to now.
Challenge: Day #28
I was in the seaside town today. My sister lives in a small cute town and I visited her. Of course I brought my bike with me. I did 8,27 miles today mostly near the sea. It was nice. It was hard to pedal sometimes because of some slopes. So, I guess it was better to cycle in a different place.
Challenge: Day #27
Today was the best day of the week up to now. I was trying to cycle for 10 miles recently. Finally I did it today. The funny part is that it was not difficult, but first I cycled about 4.5 miles and then I met with my friend to drink coffee. Then I cycled remaining distance (about 6 miles). Any way at all I did 10,26 miles today.
Challenge: Day #26
My cycling challenge becomes better in feeling like the weather. It was nice today, tomorrow will be hot. My goal to cycle over 8 miles for this week is going well. Today I did 8,26 miles which is well for the second day of the week. One of the day of this week I’m gonna try to cycle over 10 miles.