Saturday, February 28, 2009


has been a day. I started out the day by sleeping in til about 10:15am - something I never do, but did today because I couldn't sleep last night and was up later than usual. I decided to take a ride around my neighborhood despite the rain, but only ended up having time for 4 miles. (I discovered that riding in the rain is kind of fun). I had to take my younger son to a birthday party, so my intention was to come back from that and ride another few miles. As you know, the road to hell...

We got to the party a few minutes late, J went off to play, I was happily taking pictures for 45 minutes, then I see my kid screaming his head off. We were at one of those places with the inflatable things you jump on and he said that he fell. The mother of the kids we were there to celebrate with is a pediatric PT, so she took a look at J's arm. I thought it was nursemaid's elbow b/c his elbow looked a little weird...she said she couldn't feel anything weird with his elbow but that she felt something pop back into place in his wrist..but he didn't stop crying. A couple other people looked at it and I decided to take him to the hossy. So to Western Wake we went...we got there at 2 and just got home at 7:30pm.

So what's wrong with him? He has a fractured humerus...basically, a fractured elbow. He's in a splint from shoulder to mid-palm with the arm bent at almost a 90 degree angle. We have to go see the ortho guy on Monday and make sure the bone is healing properly, whether he'll need a cast or surgery (gasp) or if he can stay in the splint.

My poor little guy. :( All he wanted to do was have fun...instead he got a fractured bone. I could have been worse. It still sucks.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Worst. Ride. EVER.

I'm totally serious. It SUCKED ASS and then some.

It's beautiful out today - almost 70 - and both the kids are home (M is tracked out for another week and J doesn't have preschool today). So being the good mommy that I am, I loaded up our bikes and headed over to a park that I thought had a track we could ride bikes on. WRONG. No riding bikes on that track. Instead, however, the town of FV has created a bike route starting at the backside of the parking lot near the park. The kids played at the park for a while, then decided they wanted to ride bikes.

The ride was a fucking disaster - the little one almost fell off his bike 2 or 3 times, it was all downhill one way's all UPHILL the other way. No big deal for me or M, but it was really hard for J b/c his bike is not geared and he's not been riding with us; M was riding too far in front of me and I couldn't see him the whole time, which I don't like; and I was in a piss poor mood b/c I couldn't RIDE. So the ride ended up stressing me out instead of relaxing me.

Anyway, we're home now, the bikes are put away and I probably won't be able to ride for a while b/c of fucking weather. Damn it all anyway. :(

On the up side, I did get to wear my Keens again and they were just as comfortable today as the other day. I can totally see wearing these shoes A LOT to ride in.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Keens are the SHIZNIT fo' sho'

Oh. My. God. I think I'm in love. Sorry, new Keens have won my heart. That's right, it's warm enough in central NC today to wear SANDALS. Yep - just checked and it's 62 here in the great North State.

Anywho, I took M for a 3 mile ride around the neighborhood and wore my Commuters. Comfortable as all hell. Seriously. I can't wait to go out again and wear them. I could even wear them with socks if it's cold out. Fashion statement or faux pas? Whatever...I'm FCB, I can do whatever I want. :P *snicker*

And the long awaited pic of my cute widdle foot in de new shew:

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Enjoy it

Makes me want to go out and ride like a maniac. :)

From Big Bikes Blog

If you're new to the sport, just go ride your bike. Ride your bike with faster people. Get hurt. Go too hard. Bonk. Find your limits. Next time you're up against them, ignore the flashing red lights. Shatter yourself. Ride home in your granny gear - on flat ground, then pull a chair into your cupboard and eat until you feel sick. Let your fitness come up as your skills increase. Buy new equipment as your break it. Don't upgrade it until you earn it. Look like an idiot, a barney, a Fred and then rock the shit!

Enjoy the act. When I was kid my buddy would say "Hey, you wanna go ride bikes after school". That's what we'd do, ride around the neighborhood on our Sears bought Columbia Apaches with their banana seats and chopper bars, no plan whatsoever. Jamming our toes in-between our tires and our fork crowns to do ghetto endos, sometimes getting it stuck, landing on our lips with our foot still wedged in there, our legs twisted at obscene angles. We'd do skids. We'd put a board on a chunk of telephone pole and jump over a trash can. We'd eat shit, we'd get hurt, it was funner than hell.

I'm trying to get myself stoked as much as anyone. I am guilty of losing focus of the fun. Focus. Not on nutrition, abstaining from beer, or the numbers. Focus on the fun. On the act.

Let's go ride bikes. "

Monday, February 23, 2009

Kids :)

So I took my kid out on his "mountain" bike around the neighborhood to teach him how to shift gears and when to shift, etc. I'll tell ya, he's a fast little bugger on that bike!

We went by Performance today to pick up some biking gloves for him. They didn't have any kids gloves left (damn it...they're half the price of adult gloves, plus all their kids stuff is 25% off right now), so we got him a pair of Performance's brand women's small blue. They match his bike, I now realize. :) And can I just say YAY for Performance points? We got those gloves for $4.88!

He and I just finished 2.6 miles in the neighborhood. I'm proud to say that I wasn't even winded. :D,

Sunday, February 22, 2009


Wow...I'm so freakin' slow. :( Look at this...if you go to, you can see info on other people's rides.

Here are other people's, with their speeds underlined:

and here are my snail speeds, underlined also:

Will speed come with time and better shape? I hope so. is WINDY out!

I decided to take another "long" ride today and was going to do the same route I did yesterday by making a loop around Fuquay. I knew it was supposed to be somewhat windy after 1pm today, but I didn't realize HOW windy. Good grief! I almost got knocked off my bike a couple times.

Anyway, I got out on the road, had one car pass me and said "no thank you" - I'll just ride around the neighborhood. There's actually a neighborhood behind mine that's fairly large, so I logged just over 5 miles. Aside from the wind, it's beautiful out. A little on the chilly side, but that was ok with me. I had 2 layers on top and 3 on bottom...well, biking shorts plus tights and capris. My ass was nice and warm. :P

One thing I noticed was that toward the end of the ride my left calf muscle, right near the knee, was tight and sore. I've not had that happen before. Not sure if it's from riding 2 "long" (for me...don't laugh :P) rides in a row or if it was from fighting the wind so much. I had my seat higher than when I ride on dirt, just like I usually do.

Anyway, it was a good ride...even with me cursing the wind every so often. :)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

What a great ride

I just got back from a 5.1 mile ride around Fuquay. I didn't know where I was going to go when I left the house, just knew I needed to get out and away from everyone before I started yelling about stupid shit. So I went right from my house and when I got to the stop sign (which is always a difficult ride for me since it's on a long incline), I stopped for a couple minutes, trying to decide which way to go. I kind of wanted to turn left and ride out by some farm land, but I didn't know if I could go that far. I said screw it and went for it. Turns out it was the best ride I've had in a while.

It's so beautiful out today - in the mid 50s, sunny with a nice breeze (though that headwind is a bitch, I must say) - and I got to enjoy it in ways you just can't when you're in a car. The air smelled fresh and it's crisp and cool against my heated skin...feeling the breeze on my face made me smile and forget about whatever was ailing me before I left the house.

And I got to wear my new biking skort. And I'll be damned if it doesn't fit me perfectly. I need to cut the skirt part off, but I was ready to leave and didn't feel like screwing with it, so I dealt with it on my ride. It was all good. :)

Yes, I agree

But it's unfortunate they don't have this particular sign for the horses over on the American Tobacco Trail. It's just gross if you have to ride through horse shit. :gag:

Pictures of the peacock

I got time this morning to edit the photos of the peacock and rooster from the "farm" near Harris Lake, where M got his ass bit by a goose. Enjoy.

I am rooster...hear me cluck.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Today's Ride

So I took M out to Harris again today and we did the beginner trail 2x. We were going to go for number 3, but stupid me hadn't eaten and I was out of energy. D'oh!

So we hung around and M played at the playground and then we walked over to the pier and I took some pics. Then we left...and as we got up to the stop sign at the big red barn, I noticed the peacock was out and had his feathers plumped up. So we stopped. M asked if he could get out of the truck with me to go and look at the birds and I said yes. So we parked and walked across the street so I could get some pics. We're walking around looking at all the birds - they have an assortment of chickens, roosters, turkeys, peacocks, geese, and either quail or pheasants - and I start taking pictures. M starts walking around looking at all the birds a little closer. The next thing I hear is a goose honking its head off and I look over and see M with a look of terror on his face and a goose chasing him. Geese are nasty bastards and I had forgotten to warn him. He got bit - right on the ass. He was scared and cried cuz it hurt - but he got over it. His next reaction was to pick something up to throw at it in case it came up to him again! By the time we picked J up at preschool, he was laughing about it and telling people about it.

I'll add some pics once I go through them if they are any good. :)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Oh my Keens

So remember I was bitching last week about having to take my ride back to Performance to have them fix my no-gears-but-I-want-to-ride issue AGAIN? Well, while I was there waiting for the guy to finish up with my bike, I walked around and found their clearance table. On the table was a pair of Keen's Women's Commuters, in my size...but the price tag said $115, which is the regular price for them. I've been lusting after Keen's since a friend of mine talked about his and I went and tried some on - but I've never seen them on sale for less than $105. 10%? BFD. So I went up and asked the guy if the price was correct and he said yes...("Aw fuck" I say in my head)...BUT he could take 30% off the price. I'm like OH HELL YES - I'll take 'em. So I got me a pair of Keen's for $80. I don't think hubs was too happy with me since I haven't been riding much lately, but I'm getting back into it. In fact, I just got back from a 3.5 mile ride.

So how bout this? You are familiar with Terry Bicycles? If you are a fat chick like me and don't have many choices on where to buy your cycling clothes, definitely go and check out their plus size sale. Their Commuter Skort Plus is on sale for half off. So instead of $90 each, they're $45. I have 2 of them already, but they are too big, since I've lost weight. So I ordered a couple more in a smaller size. (Yay me!) Plus, if you order by tomorrow, it's free shipping. They have lots of other stuff on sale too - jerseys and t-shirts...take a peek, it might be worth your while. And even if you aren't a fat chick, they always have other stuff on sale too.

BTW, I don't leave the skirt attached to the Skort anymore - I cut the other 2 off the padded lycra shorts of the ones I have. It's too hard to mtb in a skirt b/c it gets caught on the damn seat. But still, $45 for a pair of plus size lycra shorts with an excellent chamois in them is a good deal. Shorts are expensive and these hold up well - I even throw mine in the dryer. :O

Sunday, February 8, 2009

My kid's first real trail ride

We did it! I took M to Harris yesterday and let him hit the beginner loop there. I wasn't sure whether to ride in front of him so he could see the line I rode or behind him to make sure he was ok, so I let him pick. He wanted me behind him. It worked out great. That kid is FEARLESS. He took all the roots and bumps and turns (and MUD - I'm really surprised the trails were open - I've never seen them THAT muddy before) with confidence. It was great to watch.

This isn't the greatest pic b/c my focus was set wrong (grrrr), but it works. It's of him coming down a slight incline with a curve at the bottom.

I was worn out after we went around the loop twice - I have no gears on my bike right now...back to Performance tomorrow so they can fix this problem - AGAIN.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Stuff from today

So today, before my ride, the four of us went out and bought Rock Band 2 for the Wii. We were helping a friend buy and install a new TV yesterday, and he is a gaming fanatic, and happened to have Rock Band 2. We played it for at least an hour while we were there yesterday and the four of us had a BLAST. So in the interest of doing more stuff with the kids and together, hubs and I decided to invest in the game and equipment.

So far, I pretty much suck ass at most songs on both guitar and drums. But it's got great songs from the 80s, lots of stuff from the 90s...and get this - they even included one from Interpol!

Here is hubs playing the drums...I was fucking around with shutter priority on my camera, which is why one of the sticks looks transparent - it was moving and the shutter was open:

If you ever get the chance to play, you should. It's fun and addictive. You seriously won't want to stop. And it's not that expensive either - we got everything for around $150 (course we already had a microphone from another game that will not be mentioned...cough cough...).

And just because I feel like it, I'm including a picture I took of my cyclometer, my new Fox Dirtpaw gloves that my bud Daniel sent to me (first time I've worn them and I loved them!) and my purty blue helmet in the back. I took it after my ride to document that I actually DID go 2.8 miles today after hardly riding for the past 2 months...

It only took me til now...

to get my ass out on my bike again and it felt GOOD! I rode 2.8 miles in a tad less than 20 minutes around my neighborhood. I didn't think I was going to get to ride at all as the instant I put feet to pedals, the chain got stuck. :( I fixed that and headed out...then realized the problem that I had a while back where my gears won't change when I'm in any gear harder than mid-range on the right side (the back gears?). So back to Performance I go tomorrow...sigh. But hey - I had a good ride on a beautiful day and that's really all that matters, right? :D