Off to the bike shop at lunchtime...one of the Shimano gear-shifters got jammed pretty hard with dirt & grit getting into it and boogering it up some. They worked it out so that it's pretty close to 100% fine. Straightened out the wheel and fender. Some chunks of the rubberized handlebars got scraped out. But all appears well and running smoothly. No charge either! One of the perks of paying for a higher-priced bike from your friendly neighborhood bike shop! :-)
Just wish the same could be said for Yours Truly! Right leg is very stiff at the knee and there's another goose-egg on my hip as well.
All of this makes me a little nervous about the big ride I want to nail on Sunday. Whenever I push myself to the next level there's always a degree of self-questioning: Am I REALLY up for this...? There was even a little of that on Sunday when I clocked all those miles. Pushing through the envelope and proving myself capable is part of the thrill of moving forward.
But there is always a part of me that has a little niggling doubt. These aches & pains aren't doing much for my confidence!
Going to do a lot of stretching to work this out because I really REALLY want to nail this ride!!
I want to balance the following thoughts:
We are all capable of much more than we think we are.
Pushing myself to a point of doing harm to my body.
Okay, I've made up my mind...despite that I STILL believe that for me being out in public wearing lycra is something I should spare the world, it is just TOO DANGED HOT to wear regular shorts over my dorky biking shorts! So I decided before heading out on my work commute this morning that a loose T-shirt on top of the dorky shorts was enough of a compromise to go public with them without feeling TOO self-conscious...lol!
This upcoming Sunday our local biking club has organized a 64 mile trip from Deposit to Downsville & back:
This route runs along the Cannonsville Reservoir which stores water for NYC and is just a BEAUTIFUL sight to behold...although with the drought we're having perhaps the view will be dampened. The mighty challenge of this route will be climbing Bear Spring Mountain. Another bike club member (also a member of SP: TEAMAEGIS) has forewarned me that this will be a guaranteed "walk" at some point while climbing.
The OTHER thing she told me was that in her recumbent she has clocked speeds near 60 mph...! Gulp! Guess I'll be wearing out my brakes...lol!
A disheartening piece of news is that today I took my first tumble on my bike...ARGH! Such a STUPID tumble at that! Coming up out of North Otsiningo Park I turned right to take a small downhill gravel / dirt slope into Northgate Plaza. Have only done this like a ZILLION times! But for some reason I didn't turn sharply enough and was going down the grassy slope beside the gravel / dirt, thinking hey, this bike IS billed as a cyclocross, should be no problem!
Wrong! There was a hole hidden by the grass...bounced me right into the gravel on my knee and bent the handlebars. Able to ride the bike home okay, going to bring 'er into the shop tomorrow to straighten it out for my upcoming ride. Nothing really hurt beyond my pride and my BIKE! I feel so badly to be messing around with it already!
Belatedly, I'm sharing a photo I took of some of us at yesterday's SparkRally:
And here are a few from my Michigan Trip:
Here are a couple shots of the Lake Michigan of my childhood...the same steps I'd hurtle down every day I could during the summers and venture out into those waters for as long as I could just swimming and letting my imagination roam.
I got a kick out of this sign in a local ice cream shop...and the appendices when they must have thought better of leaving as it was first worded...lol!
Couldn't believe they have a store ENTIRELY devoted to THIS!
Here's a pretty nifty idea for a hot summer's day (St. Joseph's beach area):
Here's a shot of me with a metal sculpture on the lakeshore at St. Joseph's:
Next? Some shots of the Catskill Mountains in Delaware County...coming right up! :-)
I was a regular Energizer Bunny today...! Got up and biked to the Binghamton Historic Bridge Pedal www.gobroomecounty.com/binghamton-br idge-pedal , networked with a person from DOT about the greenways project and upcoming developments www.ptny.org/greenways/index.shtml . Enhancing the walk-ability, bike-ability of our community is SUCH an important thing and tax dollars SO well spent enhancing the health and quality of life of the residents of our community!
So on my way home I'm thinking....hmmm...10 miles to Binghamton, 10 miles for the Bridge Pedal, 10 miles back home. 30 mile total so far. But! If I'm going to be working up to a century bike ride in September...I've taken the plunge to do the City to Shore ride for Multiple Sclerosis biking from Philadelphia to Ocean City and back again the next day. 175 miles of biking in two days...whew!
So in getting to this afternoon's SparkRally at Dorchester Park I decided I would bike there and back...adding yet ANOTHER 20+ miles to my total today which put me over 50 miles...woo HOO! PLUS I kayaked with my fellow local SparkPeople members at the park this afternoon! What fun on a *picture perfect* weather day!
Just tallied up my calorie burn for everything...only 4,476 cals! :-)
BUT: I was one whupped puppy by the time I got home! I even took a nap! That is something that happens only a handful of times a year! Now I'm blowing the advantages of the nap by catching up with everyone and being up too late...lol!
It was wonderful to meet some of the newer members of our local Team and to scheme & dream of fun stuff to do together in the future!
Feet are coming right along...got out for another great bike ride today with a friend of the family. Last night we had a rousing time around ye olde campfire playing guitars and singing along. Set off some fireworks later...it's been wonderful catching up with family I haven't seen in over 20 years!
Pics to follow...taking some here & there...no time to upload now...have to shower for the BIG re-union @ 1 pm...this is like a 3 day party! Woo hoo! :-)
ps...oh, feets are healing up enough to not slow me down TOO much today...!
Just a quickie...had a blast kayaking with sister and her kids yesterday. However when I slathered up with sunscreen I was wearing sneaks / socks...guess what got toasted! Turned my feet into lobster claws...! Although I managed a short bike ride to my aunt's this morning I'm giving my feet and ankles a break now...slathering them with aloe, hoping to be more active tomorrow.
It's been great catching up with family I haven't seen in a long, long time!