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Ride Report: Bike the Cbus, September 5, 2009

Sunday, September 06, 2009

There is no way I can compete with Pelotonia, but I did get some cycling in on Saturday for the annual Bike the Cbus event, a central-city tour of Columbus.

Perfect weather, perfect routes, perfect people - quite the enjoyable day!

First, I had to buy a bike helmet. You read right - I've never worn a helmet on a bike. Amazing I made it through childhood, college, work and trail cycling, eh!? But Bike the Cbus required a helmet so I trekked to Wally world and got the cheapest one. :) It didn't bother me as much as I thought it might, so yay, I can be a safe rider at last.

*Noise of portending*

The day was beautiful, about 60* at 8am, when I parked downtown and rode out to the start. Then got my swag bag and *facepalm* rode the mile back to the car to drop it off before hitting the road. Thwack thwack thwack.

The ride took us through the King-Lincoln District, Franklin Park Conservatory, Olde Towne East, Merion Village, German Village, Brewery District, COSI, Bottoms, Olentangy Trail, Harrison West, Victorian Village, downtown, Discovery District and back. Columbus is super-beautiful in the more gentrified areas, with huge brick houses, wrought-iron gates, slate rooves. This was a super-slow ride with lots of stops at green houses, YMCAs, local community associations, private bike shops and just random folks who offered to be a stop on the tour.

Pretty nice considering the last couple of races I've run - nice to have water and tech support when you need it (Twice Ridden Bikes pumped my tires up after they'd been bounced around on the brick streets of German Village).

Sadly, for all the beauty of the buildings and homes themselves, many of them are run-down, vacant places in need of fixing. I can see this happening, slowly, very slowly, in K-L and Olde Towne, where the homes are structurally sound. In the Bottoms the progress is still close to nothing, where most of the homes are clapboard and have oilpaper siding, many have fire damage from homeless squatters. Still, you can see where so much potential lies.

Everyone was so nice! Many group riders offered to let me join them, but I felt like maintaining my own pace and really enjoying the scenery and thinking my own thoughts. I only got off course a couple of times, but everyone else did too. :)

But oh yes, no day would be complete without a mishap or two. I let my mouth get ahead of me and called out to a group of teenaged riders to respect the traffic lights (they made left turns on red!) and got into it with them over their idiocy. Then *I* pulled out in front of a car. I also wiped out in front of the North Market after running over a crushed plastic bottle while braking. Didn't fall, but my bike frame slammed into my legs and have a beautiful bruise on my left shin. *facepalm*

Definitely glad I didn't even consider Pelotonia. ;-)

There were cycle races going on at the start/end point, so I checked my bike, grabbed a snack and watched before heading back downtown.

Pretty cool way to burn 1000 calories and see the city at the same time. HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who is in or near Columbus, it was grand.

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JENNIFER124 9/8/2009 9:01AM


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BILLALEX70 9/7/2009 1:44PM

    I'm with John. Thank God you had that helmet in case that plastic bottle had done more damage. Skull fracture would have really put a damper on the day.

Sounds like you had a good time and that's important.

I wouldn't say that your ride was any less special than Pelotonia. We all train to do different things and that's what makes each experience unique.

You'll have to join us all for a ride sometime.

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KJNE8O 9/7/2009 10:11AM

    That sounds like a lot of fun! I'll have to look into it next year for sure!

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JOPAPGH 9/6/2009 11:04PM

    Sounds like fun, and I am so happy you now have a helmet.

Now use it every time you ride, please.

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Today's Running Song:

Sunday, September 06, 2009

"Big Girl Now" by Lady Gaga & NKTOB


Today's Running Song:

Saturday, September 05, 2009

"If You Seek Amy" by Britney Spears

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YIBYAB 9/6/2009 10:08AM

    This song plays over the gym's speakers about once every 20 minutes. Argggh!

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KATERBUGG 9/5/2009 7:05PM

  Great song to run to! Very motivating!

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BIGOLEDIVA 9/5/2009 6:53PM

    Now THAT is what I call a SHORT blog! LOL

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Today's Running Song:

Friday, September 04, 2009

"When I Ruled The World" by Coldplay

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    I tell people, "Yeah, I like Coldplay. You'll get over it." :P

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JOPAPGH 9/4/2009 8:17AM

    I like it, although it is considered cool now to dis Coldplay.

How about "Unbelievable" by one hit wonders EMF?


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Recovery week

Thursday, September 03, 2009

First, a link to my latest Examiner.com post:


I think I can sum up the way to lose weight in one word: THINK.

Anyway. I've been in a true recovery period this week after having shredded my quads on Sunday and being in a truly pathetic state. It's pathetic when you have to put your hands under you on the toilet seat to even DREAM about getting to a sitting position. LOL.

Glad that's over with! I did a little bit of circle step on Monday, a (very) short run and pilates on Tuesday, and yesterday I stretched, lifted and went to my regular cardio fusion class with only the slightest residual discomfort. Whew!

My swelly belly is still hanging around (because of surgery, my stomach fat is disarticulated from the muscle and fluid collects in the interstitial space between), but it's not been painful. And I'm down 2 pounds, sorta (muscle loss).

The plan for this month is to rest up. So far I've done good with ignoring the invites for all the 5Ks that are going on this month. I am going to do Bike the Cbus on Saturday and even (finally!) bought a bike helmet for the 28-mile urban tour. It's through a pretty bad part of town (and they can call it King-Lincoln or Olde Towne East, but it's still the near East side) so I'm going to have to make friends quickly. The ride will be scenic and totes awesome though.

The other plan for the month - going to the Spark Your Life convention in Cincy! I'm just going down and back, it's not that far a drive. Anyone else?

Hope everyone is Sparking away to get ready for fall. :)

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VIVA_VICTORIES 9/6/2009 9:46AM

    Interesting article. I always thought my long To Do lists were helping me, and your article made me realize, they're actually kinda stressing me out.

I'm totally going to use some of your tips because if I'm going to have belly fat, I want to earn it through eating, not just because of some hormones that pop up while I'm stressed! Of course, the ultimate goal is no belly fat!

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KJNE8O 9/3/2009 9:34PM

    I will be seeing you in Cinci and also doing the run! I look forward to meeting you and everyone else.

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BILLALEX70 9/3/2009 8:24PM

    Sounds like you're in full recovery mode.

I hadn't heard about that ride. Anne and I are doing the Covered Bridge Tour with COP on Saturday.

I'm looking forward to the SP convention in 3 weeks as well. John is right there is a run on Saturday morning, but I think it's at like 7 AM. I'm signed up to do the run and then the walk with DW.

I'll look forward to finally meeting in person.

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JOPAPGH 9/3/2009 12:25PM

    Think some folks are getting together to run at the convention. Check with sp_nancy.

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