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Thursday, September 01, 2011

As may have been guessed from my last post, I'm getting a bit obsessed with biking. I love it and as hot as it is this time of year, I find it more fun and cooler than running. Plus I am higher up from snakes and other critters when I'm on a bike. Being higher up is one of the reasons I think I prefer diamond frames over the bents. And while I long for a new bike - probably touring type, my current bike is perfectly adequate and I enjoy riding it. I'd just like to see the speed I can go with different tires and a lighter frame.

Recently though, I came across blogs from people that are riding, or have ridden, the entire way across the country. While I'm not sure I could ever do that, (not because I couldn't physically, but monetarily and logistically), it calls to me. Some of the pictures are incredible. One ride is the ALA Big Ride which raises money for the American Lung Association. Each participant has to raise $6000. They ride from Washington State to Washington DC. There is also an organized ride across the southern tier that some other group puts on for high school students. Amazing. Even more amazing to me is the people who do it solo, carrying everything they need with them.

I need to break this obsession of reading about it and get out and do some more riding though. Whether permitting, I am taking S to his school in the mornings on my bike. It was too foggy this morning (radar showed blue - I thought it might be rain, but apparently just fog). We have to go on and across a busy state road, which is a bit scary. So I have to get over the whole being afraid of riding with traffic before I can think of doing a cross country trip. I have a 30 mile trip (on a rails to trails path) planned for next month, and still need to do the 46 mile trip I have planned. I need to watch some bike videos though so that I can learn how to put my chain back on (I think I could do that) and change my tires. The 30 mile trip has SAG support, but my 46 mile (I thinking December or so) will be all on my lonesome. After that, maybe I can work on a metric century, then a century, and then maybe across the state. At its smallest distance between Cedar Key and Crescent Beach, it is only 133 miles. I think I might try to figure out a path that uses more bike paths though.

In my last blog I posted, I mentioned my brother. Two days later, he had a grand mal seizure. He is now on anti-seizure medication. He's worried about a lot of stuff which is helping the situation much, but no seizures have been noticed since then. There is no history of this in the family that we know of. When he was five, he had his foot cut open my a lawn mower blade - received some heavy duty anti-biotics as well as pain meds. It is possible that some of these may have effected his neurological systems. No way of knowing for sure, but he may have been having petite seizures for years and no one ever realized it.
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    There is no time like the present. We aren't going to get younger, tomorrow is going to have its own issues that we have to deal with. Make your dreams come true. Just think about how proud you will be each step of the way. Plus, it sounds like great fun and exercise too!
    3532 days ago
    i need to get and ride more - its a great obsession!!
    3537 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/2/2011 8:49:59 PM
    Oh that makes me tired...YOU GO GIRL! Awesome to have a passion for something!Sorry about your brother, hope he can get connected with a good support/med team.
    3538 days ago
  • KA_JUN
    Best wishes to your brother.

    You have some great cycling goals set up, always a good thing to dream big and set a high bar for yourself! I completed my first metric this year and I felt like I had accomplished something, it was very satisfying to see how my performance had improved from 2 years ago. Good luck on your riding!
    3538 days ago
    Live your dreams!

    My favorite ride has been RAGBRAI (Registers Anneal Great Bike Ride Across Iowa). Usually the last week in July - very well supported. 10,000 to 20,000 riders each day most doing the 7 day 500 mile trek. Starts on a Sunday dipping your real wheel somewhere in the Missouri river and ending on Saturday dipping your front wheel in the Mississippi. A different course each year.

    Try it!!
    3538 days ago
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