Made it to 110 consecutive days of bicycling. On the day of 109th ride, 11/17/13, tornadoes tore thru my hometown of Washington, IL. We were in Sunnyland (2 miles away) when they hit, and watched in awe/fear as one tornado formed across the street from us, then it headed toward town. After recovery volunteering on 110th day, I had a ride to clear my head. 111th day I just plain forgot to ride; bigger priorities at hand. Washington is recovering, healing. The residents are united in their efforts; strong, and working to rebuild quickly as possible. Pretty amazing to witness. Been riding plenty since, but as of 1/1/14 I'm back to daily riding. We're getting a "real Winter" in central IL this year with lots of snow & record low temp's, so current cycling is indoors. Maybe some snowshoeing today!
Haven't had time to log miles here due to arranging parents' estate sale. 54 consecutive daily rides! #53 was on a local rec trail with bluebirds & other songbirds around, and the restoring quiet of the countryside. Looking forward to more of those rides. Now working on a couple other personal goals. Even though my husband & I enjoy good craft beer, I've given up alcohol in addition to decreasing overall daily intake by 800-ish calories. Reaching the 1st daily bicycling goal has led to other healthy goals. This is the good kind of "self-defeat"
When HILLSLUG98239 below says, "Riding keeps a lot of us just this side of sane," I include myself in that "us."
Edited by: CLEARNIGHTSKY at: 9/2/2013 (10:23)
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Goal #1 accomplished - bicycled every day in August! 31 rides of varied distance/difficulty. Over that time the short rides became longer; the longer rides became easier. Over the past couple weeks my husband even became more dedicated to daily cycling. So very happy to have the Spark back!
Dontcha just KNOW IT! I had an absolutely GLORIOUS 60 miles of cycling joy, much of it shared with a few bike club members, but also a fellow SP member, STRIVERONE who did 30+ miles with me AFTER he ran a 5K at our local race. What a trooper! :-)
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24th day of August - 24 rides. I enjoy cycling again so much that I joined our bike club's big annual bicycle ride yesterday. I chose the 25 mile route and had no trouble; hills and all. The combination of picture-perfect weather and cycling with friends I haven't seen in ages made for a great day!
17 days; 17 rides. Heading out on ride number eleven I caught my car mirror and went over the bars - OW!! Knocked the wind out of myself & tweaked that bike's rear wheel (grr). Scared the bejeebers out of my husband! Once I caught my breath and was up & about, I told him "I'm still going!" and grabbed another bike - away we went. Bruised about everything, but pleased that I'm sticking to my commitment. It's that simple little voice that says "I'm GOING to Do it!"
Fitness Minutes: (28,174) Posts: 1,096 8/9/13 5:51 P
Thanks, all! Good to see familiar names here. Not accumulating any real distance yet, but enjoying riding the mixte for errands and around the neighborhood on nicer evenings. Any cycling is a good thing!
Edited by: DERBYMOM165 at: 7/30/2013 (11:21)
Fitness Minutes: (44,750) Posts: 7,808 7/24/13 5:39 P
My ride is a 1984 Trek 460 that I found in a thrift store for $15 back in 2000. Since that time, I'm sure I've spent $2500 upgrading her to the nicest 29 year old bike on the planet. I still recommend people shopping for their first bike check out thrift stores. A new chain, new tires, and a tune-up is usually all the bike requires to be rideable.
Anyway, welcome back, and welcome to the team. Riding keeps a lot of us just this side of sane.
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Rejoined SP after a couple years hiatus; caregiver for my mom w/Alzheimer's. Packed on some pounds, and was really having trouble with motivation and support - then I remembered SparkPeople and just how positive everything is here. Used to ride 3-5 times a week, local and distance. Rode for errands, farmers market, work, veterinarian (cat in carrier in trailer). Was pretty much on a bike any day possible. It's been "responsibilities 1st" for so long! I have current road bikes, but salvation came when I saw a vintage Schwinn Le Tour Luxe mixte at Goodwill and fell in love with it; told my husband "that's my birthday present!" As of today it will be ready for the miles ahead...and so will I.
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