Sunday, May 31, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
After completing the installation and the very serious talk about my safety I went out to the street to test the new equipment. I had a very large audience. Auntie Evie, Uncle Pete, Dad and my Mom all stood there and cheered me on as I did loops in the street clicking my feet in and out of the peddles. You see I was prepping for the real reason I headed to Chicago last minute this Memorial Day...
Sunday, May 17, 2009
1) Seeing adults ride their bikes without helmets
2) Seeing parents riding their bikes with no helmets but their children have helmets
3) Seeing kids riding around on their bikes with their parents and none of them have on helmets.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
My sister commented on my last post saying something about how my butt must hurt. Let me start by mentioning that I am still using a pair of bike shorts that were gifted to me about seven years ago from the exact sister who questioned the comfort of my behind. I now know exactly what is on her mind when she thinks of cycling. I believe she gave them to me in her exercise bully days to make sure I had few excuses to go out for those long rides with her. Of course my sister was always riding with her burly and Brady in tow and I could barely keep up.
One of my favorite memories was when we got on our bikes and while we were riding up a hill that when you looked to the top kind of looked to me like the distance of the top of the Sears Tower, I fell over because I lost all momentum. Christina got to the top of the hill just in time to look down and laugh her "butt" off. I also recall walking around for a few days after that ride as if I had ridden a horse for 24 hours a day 7 days a week for the last month. Shortly after that adventure the bike shorts appeared.
This morning I had taken the long route to work. My butt was so sore I thought for a moment I should go home, take a shower, and hop on the bus. I instead I kept going; by the time I was about a half mile from work my butt was about to fall off. I again looked like a goof ball as I headed over to the gym to take my shower.
So you may now ask what is my response to the so very important question? "BIKE SHORTS = NECESSITY!!!" I guess it's time to invest in some new shorts that will hopefully last another seven years.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
My strategy for this week is to take an extended ride every morning, and take the super long way home from work.
So, my big excitement for the week was also my big disappointment. I took my bike to the bike shop in town and asked them to fix my "masking" taped together brake cables and give me an overall tune up. They told me they would complete my bike quickly (which they did) but when I went to pick it up, my bike cables were still taped together with masking tape, but they assured me they fixed my bike. I don't know about you but I thought since I paid a pretty penny to get my bike worked on the least they could have done is put gripping tape on the handle bars rather than re-taping with the masking tape. I did not have it in me to argue, I just made a statement about incomplete work and left the store. I thought "Oh well, I'll go home and fix it myself" (which if I took the time to tell you the entire story you would know my decision to fix it myself is why my brake cables are taped together with masking tape in the first place).
The decision to take my bike to a bike shop didn't end all bad though, once I got on my bike I took note that my tires were in fact full, my bike chain was aligned, and everything seemed tightened up. My brakes? They still rub.
Moral to the story, you pick because I can't figure it out:
1) Never try to fix my bike myself again.
2) Never go back to that bike shop.
3) Never let David (my cousin) talk me into another 60 mile bike ride.
4) Both 1 and 2.
5) All of the above.
I'll ponder this as I try to log twice as many miles this week...
Sunday, May 3, 2009
I created this blog for a number of reasons.
1) Two years ago I was participating in the Chicago Triathlon and a couple of things happened that day. I was cheering people on while "jogging" and at the end of the race a gentleman came up to me and gave me a hug, thanking me for providing him the motivation to finish the race. All I thought I was doing was distracting myself so I could finish the race.
2) The other thing; At the end of the Chicago Triathlon two years ago I talked with one of the folks who participated with our group and we both talked about how we wanted to do better the next year. Neither of us trained like we would have liked to, and our times were reflective of that.
3) Last year again during the Chicago Triathlon my time indicated I did not do what I could have done to improve my time. Three years prior I finished the race 15 minutes faster.
4) I do best when I am accountable to someone or something. Regardless of whether people read this or not, I will still update it once a week (or more if needed) because I am now telling everyone what my plan is.
5) Maybe someone else is in my position and would like the encouragement and motivation.
6) Lastly, I watch myself get overly motivated, have one or two great work out months and quickly slip back into watching too much TV and hanging out on my couch. This way I can spend some time in front of a different screen chronicling my anticipated success.
So here is what I am going to do, I'm going to share my stories, successes and failures, funny stories, and disasters. What I'd like my "followers" to do? Laugh, encourage, participate in an event with me, provide pointers, work out with me, convince me to participate in an event you enjoy, or simply read...
The events for the summer at this moment in time are as follows:
- Tourdecure, Westerville, OH
- Met Life Duathlon (relay with my mom), Tinley Park, IL
- Chicago Triathlon, Chicago, IL
I believe more 5ks and bike rides will appear over time, but that is what I have committed to at this moment in time.