Categories: Chicago, Cycling, Mezamashii Project, Running, Zipfizz
With our ‘ring of fire’ heatwave still going strong, I was grateful today was not a running day. Although I haven’t been running outside (my mill and I are having a rare summer fling) I’m still getting out on my bike as much as possible. Cycling when it’s 100+ degrees is a sweat fest but not nearly as challenging as running…at least the way I ride.
By no means do I look like this when I’m out on Blanche the trusty road bike (whose tires, I just noticed are…gasp!…balding). I may never possess one of those ominous team jerseys.
I’m not a total lost cause though. I have this cycling jersey from YMX Yellowman that I got on blowout sale. Cooler than cool no? But it’s way too hot here to wear a sleeve of any kind….or anything for that matter. I digress. Blame it on the heat.
I’ve come to notice that cyclists are not nearly as friendly toward me when I’m out running as they are when I am out on my bike. When a pelloton is oncoming I hear the familiar “Runner Up!” yell then they typically whizz past me with nary a grunt.
When I’m on my bike there’s a chorus of greetings. This surprises me somewhat since many runners are cyclists and many cyclists are runners. Personally I greet runners and cyclists alike. Do you?
In my experience, degree of friendliness in runners has a geographic correlation:
Suburban Chicago and small towns in general = friendly
Downtown Chicago = not so friendly
NYC’s Central Park= even less friendly than Chicago
Southern states = friendly
California (San Diego/San Francisco) = kind of in between
I suspect some cyclists feel more of a ‘kinship’ with other cyclists, but not necessarily with runners. Maybe runners feel the same way?
As a runner do you greet cyclists?As a cyclist do you greet runners?
ZipFizz giveaway ends tonight!
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