Wednesday, January 28, 2009

All of the sudden....

...I feel this urge to get out and ride. I mean, I rode a little this past weekend down in Cola, SC. Not much cuz I'm a bit of a pussy when I ride alone on a trail I don't know...though I did walk some of it before I rode. When I go back to see my sis, I'll hit Harbison again.

But of course I can't ride tomorrow...not on the trails, anyway. We had a lot of rain today and every friggin' one of them will be closed. :( I guess I could do a little roadie, just to get some riding in...assuming it's not raining and windy like it was today.

I'm going to be positive and hope like hell it's dry tomorrow. If not, guess I'll be heading over to the gym to do some indoor cycling. Maybe I'll try my hand...or a spin class. Could be fun. ;)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

So I Suck

Yep. It's true. I haven't ridden anything in about a week. Not sure what my deal is, though I know part of it is that the weather last week wasn't all that cooperative. This week is over unless I go ride at the gym tomorrow.

Isn't it amazing how time flies when you aren't paying attention?

I know part of it is this stupid fucking medicine that I have to take - it takes away the hyper part of me...the me I know as me and makes me not want to do much. I'm hoping that with some positive thinking exercises, a little more anti-depressant and a swift kick in the ass from someone, I'll be back out there riding Gustav on the wild trails of Harris. LOL The doctor and my therapist have all but promised to get me back to just takes time. Soon, I hope.

People being people...I guess

This was in the passion forum on when I went over to peruse the goodies there:

On the one hand, it never ceases to amaze me how many people over there can be complete assholes to someone. On the other hand, I can totally admit that the guy who wrote it should have absolutely expected each and every "mean" (for lack of a better word) response he got. But I admire the way he dealt with each of them...not in an ugly way, but more of a "to each his own" sort of way.

In any case, it's an interesting thing that stuck out for me was that for a couple of people, dressing like someone else was a huge strike against their individuality during their rides. I never realized how much riding a bike was asserting one's individuality, but perhaps it is. I wear what I ride in because it fits me, it's comfortable and I like it. I bought my bike because it fits me, it's comfortable and I like it. Nothing really to do with my individuality. I express that in other ways...anyway, not doggin' anyone, just bringing up a point that I found interesting.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Get your hair care advice on

Oh for crying the fuck out loud's a mountain biking site for Christ's sake.

I just went back and read more responses and I swear I can't stop laughing.

Click me

For those of you who might wanna read this

So I'm reading my Jan/Feb 09 issue of Bicycling is, after all, the world's leading bike magazine...and on the HUBBUB page I notice a little blurb that reads this: "BICYCLISTS GET A BREAK: THE BICYCLE COMMUTER ACT (HUBBUB, NOV. 2007)has been signed into law. The measure was recently passed as part of the 451-page Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 - better known as the $700 billion bailout bill. Businesses will receive a monthly $20 tax credit for every employee who rides to work, which they can use to reimburse those workers...."

Here are a couple of websites to check out...after all, you should do your own reading on the subject. ;)
Cash In On Your Commute

Congressman Earl Blumenauer's Website

And a site all about commuting: Commute by Bike.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

OMG I'm eating an apple

This is a miracle. I'm not a big fruit fan AT ALL. I love pears and will eat an orange on the rare occasion, but apples? Not a fave of mine. But I haven't eaten anything all day except some shot bloks (3) and some strawberry banana GU before my ride.

I did 3.4 miles from my house over to my son's school - all road miles - gasp! (and it really wasn't that bad, to be quite honest) Then my husband brought the kids and their bikes and I rode with them for another 2.2 miles around the "track" at the school. I drank enough water and got home and was starving. So I had hubs hand me an apple. Nothing else sounded good...and I might eat another one!

Now I'm off to take a pic for my photo-a-day blog and do some stuff around the house. Yesterday I cleaned out my side of the closet in the bedroom and moved some of my tons of photography crap in there. Who knows what will happen next!

Oh! And I have to say that I am very proud of my older son for sticking with the bike riding. He can even ride the 20" bike we got for him, which is a bit too big. He'll be rockin' the trails soon enough.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Yay ME!

I was at Wal Mart earlier today and saw the vice principal of the school my older son attends and was all "I can't BELIEVE how much weight you've lost! You look great! What are you doing? Tell me tell me!" I giggled and told her that I had been mountain biking and doing some indoor cycling.

I was having sort of a blah day since it was rainy and ugly here and that cheered me up a bit. Nice to have someone notice my efforts. :D

Thursday, January 1, 2009

First Ride of the Year

It wasn't long, but it was long enough - 2.2 miles in 17.34 minutes.

A couple things to point out -
1. I've added mycycling log to keep up with how much biking I'm doing and where I'm doing it. You should go to and check it out if you are looking for a good way to keep up with your rides. It's got some nice features. My username is fatchickbiker.
2. I've added a few new blogs that you should have a look at.
3. I'll be keeping a photo-a-day blog for 2009 called I See Through Glass. The link is over to the right.