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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

After about 3 years of wanting a bike... I FINALLY have one!!! WOOHOO!!!

For my daughters 11th birthday (Feb 6th) we told her we would get her bike going again. Long story short it was going to cost more to do that then we paid for the bike to begin with, so we bought her a new one last Sunday. Wednesday we bought one for my husband that he is going to use to get to/from work which he starts tomorrow. I was quite happy for both of them, but must admit that I did a bit of pouting as my husband told me him and my daughter were going to go ride the trails by our house on Saturday. What I didn't know was my hubby was taking me Saturday morning to get a bike for me!!!

By husband and daughter both ended up with BMX bikes, that is what they seem to like. I have a 21 speed mountain bike. I'm sooo excited!

We went for a nice 45 minute ride Saturday afternoon on the trails by our house.

Sunday we got up, went to a local mountain range and did a 60 minute hike... we conquered one of the smaller mountains, it was so wonderful!!

Sunday afternoon we went on another 60 minute bike ride on the trails again...

Today I rode around the neighborhood for about 10 minutes. I decided to take a break... My legs are actually doing really well, but my butt is killing me from the seat of the bike!! I hope I get used to that part really soon because aside from that we are having a blast!!

It feel great to get out and be active!!

I don't know if any of my old buddies here will see this, but i wanted to share for anybody willing to help me with support!! I've been complaining that nobody seems to care about these things I'm so excited about as I try to get back to a healthy lifestyle. I need support. I need encouragement and I need kind words, none of which I seem to find much of in person recently. Then I thought how silly of me to feel down when I have SPARK PEOPLE to help me!!!

Hope to hear more from each of you!!!

Much Love!!

P.S. If any of you are good on a bike, I could use advice on when to shift and what gears on my 21 speed... I haven't ridden in about 15+ years :)
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    emoticon on your new wheels, Tara!

    Saddle soreness: If it doesn't start to subside, try a different seat. I used to think I needed a cushy padded one, but the one on my new bike is slimmer and actually harder yet I have less pain. I think it's partly the little cutout (there is probably a technical name for this) where the tailbone rests. But that makes sense for me since I always have tailbone pain. Duh. emoticon

    Since I live in Chicago where it's mostly flat, flat, flat, I don't have tons of shifting advice, but find a gear that's comfortable at normal conditions. I personally think "comfortable" means there should be a little bit of effort involved but not so much that you're already panting. Then, try shifting down one gear if it's super windy or you're on an incline; up one gear if you're on a decline. See how those feel for you.

    I wish you lived closer and we could ride together! emoticon


    Have fun but BE SAFE! If you don't have a helmet, get one. And wear it. You just never know. emoticon
    2252 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/22/2012 4:28:27 PM
    It is so cool that the entire family has a bike now. I can see lots of family outings and food exercise.
    2252 days ago
    Have a great time on the new bike!
    2252 days ago
    Awesome! I'm glad you're getting back into the exercise and a new bike will really be enjoyable.
    2253 days ago
    I love biking and I am so glad to hear you are trying to get back into the healthy lifestyle. I have been away for far to long but am back in the saddle again. Would love to be here for you. Biking as a family sounds like a lot of fun as well as a great way to stick to things. Have you tried a gel seat? I hear that they are supposed to be great for the sore bum. Enjoy your new bike and know that I am rooting for you! emoticon emoticon
    2253 days ago
  • TB1480
    2253 days ago
    Well, HURRAY for you getting a bike--that is so cool! I would've been a little jealous at everyone else getting one myself, so I'm glad you got one too and it's going to be a "family affair." That really is the best way to be active. WOO HOO for you!!

    2253 days ago
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