Yesterday I really did a marathon bike ride and then some! I left my condo about 3 Pm and began my ride that eventually took me over to the Courtney Campbell Causeway along the pedestrian path where I got hit by that car a week ago.
However since I left earlier than I usually do on my afternoon bike rides, I decided that rather than turn around where I usually do, I would continue riding into the center of Tampa. To my amazement there were some awesome bike trails that continued off the bridge into Tampa that I had no idea were there! It took me thru some beautiful parks, by the Tampa airport, the Buccaneers Football Stadium and other cool places of interest. I could have kept going! I really was tempted to continue pedaling all the way to Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa (my old bike route when I lived on MacDill AFB) but since I already pedaled an additional 12 miles thus fa past my normal bike ride in this area, I realized I would still have to back tract this entire course, making my bike ride that day to be about 60 + miles or 100 + Km’s (round trip) for a total biking time of over 5 continuous hours. Figured that was more than enough aerobics for one day! LoL
So here comes the added surprise…on my way heading back when on the pedestrian trails near the Buccaneers Football Stadium, I biked right past “Tom Brady” the famous quarterback formally of the New England Patriots and now on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers team. I was a bit star shocked! Wasn’t sure what to do? My cell phone was not easily accessible at that moment and it would have been a bit awkward stopping to retrieve it and to take a pic. Thought it really wouldn’t be cool and probably wasn’t smart to be disturbing Tom Brady’s workout and looking like a stupid American Paparazzi! So as I passed Tom who was jogging to my left, I just yelled out “Hey Tom welcome to Tampa Bay! We’re so glad to have you on our team! Great afternoon for getting in a workout man !” He responded by giving me a thumbs up. As much as I really wanted to get that pic…I held back and just played it cool and continued on my way. Hey, I figured now that I know where he was jogging at, I’d probably run into him again in one of my future bike rides anyways. Hey, maybe we’ll eventually become training buds. HaHa
All in all..a great bike ride and no new injuries!