Wait, you were cheating on us WITH ANOTHER BLOG???
And BRAVA for the 41 miles!
I've been poly-blogerous for a long time, but I do post the entries here as well. ;-)
I've discovered in training for running that there is nothing more likely to put me off than an out-and-back route. I would recommend that wherever possible you plan a circular route - much less of that 'every inch I travel now I have to do again on the way back....' feeling, and you also get to see more variety in your surroundings.
If it isn't possible to get a fully circular route then even making part of it a loop can help.
I am fortunate enough to live near an amazing bike path, but I tend to ride out along streets and drop to the path for the ride back. Because I prefer loops, too.
I rode the BP MS150 (Houston, Tx to Austin, Tx), which is typically the largest Bike MS event, for 4 years in my teens. It was an amazing experience, shared with many classmates and my family.
I didn't get to finish the first time (something about a spectacular crash while going 45 mph downhill, leading to multiple broken bones, kills your ability to complete a ride).
I miss biking so much, even if it is an exercise in torture here in 110 degree, 100% humidity Houston. I miss being fit and healthy, and I miss being involved in Bike MS.
I know I already said this to you, but, you're inspiring me to try again, after 8 years of hardly riding (and 100lbs of extra fat... See what happens when you blow your joints and stop exercising?). I'll have to take it slow to avoid winding up in physical therapy yet again, but I'm going to try. I sent my old-but-still-high-end hybrid in to get a complete dusting off and tune up. Should have it back next weekend. I didn't have to wait til June. :)
And I'm finally making the phone calls to start exploring the surgery that might fix the root cause of the horrible joint issues that took my biking (and my swimming, and my weight training, and my hiking) away from me. That ultimately took my health away from me.
So I want to thank you. Seriously. From the bottom of my heart.
Your biking posts have reminded me of what I used to love so much, and made me realize that I've still got a chance to fix this. I'm 24 years old, with a lot of life ahead of me. I shouldn't give up and resign myself to this life of constant pain. And of being **overweight. And of always feeling tired and unhealthy.
**(in a bad way, as in, with already emerging directly related health issues, and a family history so full of diabetes it is a true miracle I don't have it yet)
That kind of wreck scares the daylights out of me. I will wear out a pair of brake pads keeping myself to 25 mph. I'm old and would probably DIE!
But I'm glad to be inspiring you! Yay!
i keep saying this. but i really. really. really need to get out there on my own bike. i thought about selling the one i have and raising funds to get myself an actual woman's bike. that would help me. i like the bike i have. but it was given to me and is definitely a man's bike. i have short legs, and if i raise the seat to where i really need it to be, then i can't reach the pavement. LOLOL
You shouldn't be able to reach the pavement. If you can, you have the seat too low. I have a men's frame for both my bikes and prefer it.
Yes. I have to step down off the saddle and straddle the center bar for stops and starts. This is how it should be.
i'm too short to straddle that bar - and i was taught that you should be able to touch the ground with the toe of your shoe when you stop or start.
When you're in grade school, yes. Not as an adult. It's too hard on the knees.
what do you do when you're stopped at a stop sign? i'm sorry i'm just confused.
I step down from the saddle and straddle the center bar. The tongue of the saddle is about at the small of my back when I am straddling the center bar.
ah i see. that makes sense.
also am riding a man's bike and it's a bit too big for me.
Since I am tall, it works for me. Hope you can get a bike that fits you soon!
i found a huffy (i think?) at wal-mart earlier that i like. it's $88, and i was able to ride it comfortably. and it's blue. LOL
Aiela has me dreaming about roller skates, too. LOL I dreamed I had a pair the other night and went skating and had a blast. I hope it's precognitive - that'd be awesome. :) But yeah - I thought about you and this conversation while I was looking at bikes. :)
I am terrified to try skating, but she is making it look like a lot of fun.
she really is! and i've missed it a lot, honestly. i haven't had skates on since i had thomas!
2012-05-23 10:58 am (UTC)
Your "Living Graciously blog" link does not work, BTW.
I'm not sure why that is displaying as a link at all in some browsers but not others. Hmmm.