This past week Lola and I did something we haven’t done in close to 20 years. Something I never thought we would do again. We wore matching outfits. On purpose. I know what your thinking. What’s the big deal? You always accidentally put on the same thing? Well this time was different. There is something strange about matching a face and your clothing that just freaks us out. Anyway I digress, you may be wondering why we decided after all these years to throw on some matching duds and frolic like twins? Two words (hehe twin jokes). Tandem Twinning. Yup this past week we joined over 150 sets of twins in Central Park to break the world record for most amount of twins riding tandem bikes at once.
A blurry morning selfie on the Twin Party Bus!
The day started at the lovely hour of 5:00 am. Dressed in our twin best we headed over to Central Park bright and early to join the twin madness. We knew we were getting close when a group of girls shrieked in horror?excitement? Im not too sure, at the groups of twins marching their way from various locations. Upon arrival they immediately shuffled a group of twins onto a bus. The minute we got on the bus we knew this would be one interesting morning. We were riding a party bus. A party bus I may add filled with identical twins DRESSED ALIKE! It was a scene out of a movie, horror or comedy Im not quite sure. We rode the bus up to 107th street gossiping with our fellow twins about, well about top secret twin stuff that I would love to share with you but ya know Twin Code and all. When we got to the park we were met with a lovely breakfast and TWINNING Tees to match our twinificant other. We then went to pick out our bikes. Now its safe to say that not many people have ridden tandem before. Us included. Lets just say we were a little nervous about riding this odd contraption. They let us take a practice lap around the park to get in sync with the bikes and in my opinion to weed out the twins who were not prepared for the journey ahead. We were cautious and foresaw a lot of “twinjuries” in the near future, ours being one of them. After a wobbly start and some common twin bickering we began to find our groove. We were pedaling at an alarming snail speed, which I found to be just right. After our somewhat successful practice run, we were ready for the real deal. We had a taste of the fast and tandem life and we wanted more. Unfortunately, we had to wait another hour and half to take off, due to this being filmed on live TV. So not only were we possibly going to fall flat on our faces, but we were going to do it on national television. I don’t know about you but I like my embarrassment painful and widely televised. When it was finally go time, we found out that we would be at the front of the pack and directly behind the host of Good Morning America when she announces the race. By this point we had been outside in the humid heat for over 2 hours, so to say we were looking good would be the farthest thing from the truth. Not to mention the helmut head. But we were surrounded by our people and a good time was to be had. If anyone was watching the news at 8:30 am they would be surprised to see a sweaty Lola & Lex waving and cheering like the upsurd twins we are. Not only that but our graceful start to the race was perfectly captured. Yes, we wobbled but i’ll be dammed these wobbles did not fall down!
Made some new twin friends Dominic and Stefen!
A little behind the scene action..waiting for the race to begin
Now let me just say, riding a tandem bike with your best bud in Central Park is one of the most exhilarating experiences ever. As I was speeding (yes, we did actually end up picking up speed..ok the hills helped) through the park with the wind in my hair and my sister attached to the bike with me I couldn’t think of more perfect way to spend a Wednesday morning.
Here’s the video of our 15 seconds of Twin Fame
Our favorite freeze frame from the news segment
This post was written by Lex and edited by Lola