Chicago’s 25 Mile L.A.T.E. Ride

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that a 25 mile bike ride during my regular sleeping hours can be totally exhilarating. Starting shortly after 1:00 am this morning, my husband and son along with a few friends participated in The L.A.T.E Ride.  This ride started off at Buckingham Fountain, led us through various Chicago communities, and back around to Lake Michigan. The ride provided a sneak peak into parts of Chicago we haven’t seen before along with a party like feel that made over three hours of riding both fun and exciting.    

Cateepoo before the ride.  

Alexander, Steve, and Cateepoo

Take off!

With my guy!

Mid-way resting point.

Ride is complete

Waiting for the sun to rise.
Rheumatoid arthritis results from this ride:  My wrists and shoulders were stiff and sore along the ride, but everyone else complained about the same thing, so perhaps it wasn’t RA but just having my body in one position for too long.  Otherwise, no problems! My body feels strong! 

11 thoughts on “Chicago’s 25 Mile L.A.T.E. Ride

  1. How wonderful! Last summer I got an adult trike and rediscovered the joys of cycling everywhere 🙂 My husband is a runner and I often bike as he runs. He's doing an ultra-marathon in September so this weekend we are doing 30km. I'm a little nervous, but I did 21km last weekend and am starting to trust in my capabilities more and more. Thanks for some additional inspiration!


  2. Being able to feel strong is such an empowering and inflammation-fighting feeling. Go, Cathy, go! (Did you know that as i was reading this post I was vicariously cycling with you? 🙂 )

    What a great idea! Not only is it cooler at night, but there's a lot less traffic with which to contend. Plus, you get that all important perspective change! 🙂

    What a great activity to do “en famille”.


  3. Looks like really fun, Cathy! Sad to hear about the body ache but, hey, it sure looks all worth the pain. I love the photos especially the “Waiting for the sun to rise” one. Would love to be there in person, how good must that have felt.


  4. Iron Woman! How awesome, you have motivated me to get my bike out and ride a little bit this weekend. When you're having fun a little bit of extra pain is okay.


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