Thursday, May 17, 2012
Last night, hubby and I participated in the Ride of Silence (our first time) in Summerville, SC. It was pretty awesome! For those not familiar with it's purpose, you can visit their website at www.rideofsilence.org . We had about 20 or so people show up. There were a few other cities in our state that participated, also. My understanding is that 300 cities throughout the U.S. participated. There were also other countries that participated! How amazing!!
These are some of the riders. I didn't get a full-group picture. I was just kind of snapping pics when I could.
That's me on the left. The lady on the right...this is the 2nd time we've ridden with (and met) her. Man-alive! She is SO NICE!!! She is a member of Coastal Cyclists (as were a lot of the riders). It's a local cycling club here in SC. She talks as much, if not more, than me! I was worried that I (we) wouldn't be able to be silent for the ride! haha!
This is the line of cyclists ahead of me. You can see that we had a police escort (leading and pulling up the rear).
This is me with hubby directly over my shoulder. There are others behind him, but my shot wasn't THAT lucky! I do not have an IPhone with the front camera that lets you see the shot you're about to take, so this was sheer LUCK that this pic got me AND my hubby in it! And the look on my face? Well, that's my "don't crash while taking a pic, and don't forget to be SILENT..." face! hahaha!
I'm glad that we were a part of this. It was pretty awesome to be a part of something remembering those who have lost their lives or were injured in bicycle/motorists accidents and to bring awareness to others around us! It's also a realization that cyclists could just as easily be riding in remembrance of any of us!
Saturday, April 21, 2012
For those familiar with this area, we were on the Sawmill Branch Trail. At mile 13 of a 16 mile ride, under the Trolley Road bridge part of the trail, 3 kids had their bikes parked ON THE TRAIL (in the darkness of the shadow of the bridge). At about 15 mph down the descent under the pass, dodged 2bikes, hit the 3rd! After hubby rigged my bike enough that it would ride, I FINISHED the ride!!! And, no, I did NOT cry!
Lesson learned from all sides here. 1)Shame on me for not having my helmet on! I did hit my head! Please, don't lecture me, I won't respond. I know better. Won't happen again! 2)The parents of those kids will hopefully teach them better while being in that kind of environment. It's not all sight-seeing and fishing in the ditches! Some of us go out there for a work-out! There are guys on road bikes out there that surely do 20mph or faster for the entirety of the trail!
But, as I told my friends on FB...I'm going to use it as a learning experience! Besides, since nothing is broken, I didn't have to take a ride to the ER, I don't have a concussion (that we know of, yet), I FINISHED the ride AND I didn't cry, AND I didn't cuss--I have TOTAL BRAGGING RIGHTS! I mean, Hubby will tell ya', it was a pretty good tumble! And I hit a little piece of each corner of my body! hahaha! Pics below:
But after I shook it off, got over being mad about it, realized that I could finish the ride instead of walking my bike back, all-in-all, it was a great ride! I mean, I did 16.2 miles!!! My longest ride, yet! :)
HAHAHAHA! I'm glad that the ending was one that I can laugh about after-the-fact. It really could've been a horrible, horrible thing!
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Just sayin'! :)
Sunday, April 15, 2012
I should start by saying that this was not a goal of mine! I just always assumed that I wouldn't be one of the people that rode, ran, or walked over the bridge. There's a bridge run every year, and there's a bike/walk/run path on the bridge, so zillions of people do it, but I never thought "I" would! Below is a pic of the bridge that I found online that kind of shows the massiveness of the bridge:
So my son and his friend wanted to go to the beach yesterday. Me and hubby were just going to throw the bikes on the truck and ride around the beach while they were doing their thing. Then they decided that they'd rather go downtown (Charleston, SC). So hubby said, "Wanna ride the bridge?" I said, "You can ride it. I'll walk up and coast down." Well, that was the wrong attitude to have!
Because I already had my mind made up that I wasn't strong enough to do it, I did walk up from the Mt. Pleasant side to the top, then coasted down. Hubby rode ahead of me, then came back for me. On the coast down to the downtown side, we got rained on a little, but what a RUSH coasting down that bridge! We turned around to head back. (As he always does), hubby started encouraging me, saying I could make it up that bridge, and told me what gear to put it in (mountain bikes). So I threw it into the lowest gears and set off! I never went over 5mph, and a jogger passed me once, but I RODE MY BIKE TO THE TOP OF THE COOPER RIVER BRIDGE!!!!!!!! I cannot even tell you how exhilarating that was!!!!! And hubby rode the whole way with me! Below is a pic of him in front of me, both of us riding up the bridge! I'm taking the pic, so you can't see me, but I'm definitely riding!
Once we were certain that we had made it all the way to the top, we went a little further, then turned around and went back to the top to take pictures! I wanted to make sure that I could say, without any doubt at all, that I rode my bike ALL THE WAY UP TO THE TOP OF THE COOPER RIVER BRIDGE without stopping! :)
After that--MAN!--I was on a biker's high, I guess. We had something that we had to do downtown at 2pm. When that was over, around 3, we rode around downtown for an hour or 2. What an absolutely, fabulously WONDERFUL day it was!!!! And I learned a very valuable lesson, quit saying, "I CAN'T" and at least TRY!
Sunday, April 01, 2012
I haven't worn a belt all week until today...one loop down!!! Woo hoo! Man! I never realized what 5-7 lbs (up OR down) would do to your tummy/waist line!
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