Awesome! I'm so proud of you. :D
excellent... I am going to buy my daughter a new bike (she has a 15 speed but misses her old 18 speed and is also interested in 21 speed) on Friday.
She has found a really great starting place not TOO far from you. If you go up Story to Lorain Ave, then turn left (not on the street, but on the sidewalk) you will see a green bike path sign leading DOWN a hill to the metroparks... Cait says it is awesome.
2006-04-09 09:00 pm (UTC)
Re: go gini!
I know that trail. It's definitely better for going down than up - STEEP!
That's a great start to the season!!!!!!!!!!
Talk about your ups and downs! *grin*
Good for you, Gini!
Despite difficulties, I am glad that you had your bike ride! It is great that you made it up the hill...even if just barely.
some people honk at joggers and bikers because they are pricks...but I admit that my boyfriend and I don't hesitate to honk (especially at bikers) when they do illegal things. In Chicago bikers are to be treated just like any other motorist so it pisses me off to no end when I see bikes blowing stop sigs, lights, or just breezing through an intersection as if they should get special treatment.
Anyway! congrats on the first ride of the seasons! :)
I obey the traffic signals. If bikes want to be treated like vehicles, they need to have the responsibilities as well as the rights.
Go you! That's an impressive ride!
remind me to dig up my race report about Aunt Flo hitting me in the middle of a half marathon... (as I recall a lot of people got a great giggle out of it)
Remember, Ibuprofen is your friend.
Man, Aunt Flo is the pits! That happened to me in white shorts. That's when I was really glad that tying a sweater around your waist was in style.
I remember that fashion, and how it saved me one day when I was wearing light blue pants.
There are days that I envy women. This is NOT one of them. :-(
However, congrats on the bike ride! I was actually looking at Bikes at Walmart yesterday. I have my eye on one. Still, there are MANY things that have to be budgetted for first, but STILL. I've got my eye on it.
Also, tomorrow will be my first day in WAY TOO UNGODLY FREAKIN' LONG when I DON'T have a rehearsal!!! WOOTAGE! Can you say "trip to the gym?!" Because, by god, I CAN!
P.S. Tell your hubby that I e-mailled him re: martial arts classes and am waiting on hearing a reply. And I sent it to both G-mail AND his personal domain, and neither of them bounced back, so I'm fairly certain atleast ONE of them went through!
He did get it. I reminded him to get back to you.
Yay, gym! Have a fabulous time!
2006-04-10 10:08 am (UTC)
like they say; "it's like riding a bike!" Bravo Gini!
Yay, congrats on reaching the top! And on the first ride of the year too!
This makes me want to go out and buy a bike (3-speeder... I can't figure out what to do with any more than that). Even though my entire neighborhood is steep hills-- I hate even having to jog them, let alone bike them.
Is it bad when you have to drive somewhere to get a good bike ride?
If you have hills, you need more gears. Once you learn to use them, it's like fine-tuning an instrument. I shift like a fiend, every slight terrain change adapted to with gear switches.
And yeah, it's crazy to have to drive somewhere to bike. But that's why they made car racks!
Oh, believe me, I've ridden six-speed and twelve-speed bikes... but the instant someone tried to explain how to switch the gears on the things I was lost. Three-speeders? "See that little doohickey there? Flick it up once or twice if you're having trouble on a hill. Flick it back down once you want more speed." Easy as pie. Is it possible I just missed something?
Car racks are good, but I'll have to hitch a ride until I get my license. Which, at my current experience rate, will be approximately thirty years after the sun burns itself out. Hooray.
You have to play with them for a while, but if you spent the time and got the hang of them, I promise you you'd never go back.
Ride thing is an issue!
You might be right, but I doubt I'll ever get up the courage to get near those things. High-speed bikes intimidate, even frighten me. I really think I may have even Calvin beat in terms of fear.
Then again, I have a phobia of falling (not of heights or of getting hurt-- just the sensation of falling, not knowing whether or not I'll be safe), so perhaps I really should just try to swallow my fears and go for it. Oh well, that's one of those dillemas best thought about when I'm outside, wondering how it would feel to rush down one of those hills after riding up it, and not while I'm sitting at my computer in my basement.