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New training schedule

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Riding 6 days a week is nuts. How am I supposed to fit in any strength training? I'm also exhausted. I'm literally counting the hours until bedtime. No way can I maintain this crazy schedule I found in my cycling book.

So, my awesome brother-in-law is helping me out with a more sensible training plan that will easily help me reach my goals.



So, why is this time different?

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

As I write this, my mother is dying. Ours has been a complicated, difficult relationship. For 30+ years she's been a chain-smoking, raging alcoholic. And now at 69 years old, she is dying a painful death from her third type of cancer. It is horrible to watch. She's been in horrible health for the last 10 years, in a nursing home for the last 3 of those.

I went to go see her and it was a huge wake up call for me. Do I want to be 60 years old and counting my last years? Bedridden, having someone change my diapers? Unable to eat solid food, every day worse than the one before? Putting my children through the agony of watching what my horrible decisions have done to my body?

NO. No, no no no no no no no no. Not happening here.

I want to be 69 and hiking the Grand Canyon. Signing up for charity rides, be the last one on the dance floor at my granddaughter's wedding. I want a full life with no physical boundaries. I want to go out of this life with a smile on my face and have no regrets - NONE.

This is my life and it is time to make it the best one I can.

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DESERTJULZ 6/4/2013 3:42PM

    No no no! Don't be like mom. YES, be the one hiking the Grand Canyon. Maybe we will hike together. :D

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A day of rest

Monday, June 03, 2013

Yesterday I rode 17.88 miles, my longest ever! I was so tired and hot, but so proud of myself. My knee is rather unhappy, but that no longer surprises me. I think my knee would be happy if I just never got out of bed.

Today is my rest day - and I'm making myself take it. The next few weeks are going to be really busy at work, so I need the rest when I'm supposed to. Now, to get to bed earlier!

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ACHICKPEA 6/3/2013 7:58PM


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NGCHILD 6/3/2013 3:48PM

    Congrats on your ride!


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AMARILYNH 6/3/2013 3:35PM

    YAY for 'the longest ever'!! I'm so proud of you!!

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91 miles in May!

Saturday, June 01, 2013

I am beside myself, I am so excited! I rode 91 miles in May. 91!! When I started riding in April, I started out at 3 miles. And that was hard. But every week or so, I'd change the kind of route or add miles. I am so proud of myself for sticking to it when I wanted to give up.

Not only am I seeing progress on the bike and scale, but my clothes are baggy. And people are noticing. My daughter hadn't seen me in 10 days and she was amazed at the difference. Of course, my husband noticed my butt is getting smaller. Ha!

Will I break 120 in June? Stay tuned...

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DMEYER4 6/1/2013 4:35PM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon you are doing fantastic keep up the good work

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BJPENNY70 6/1/2013 4:32PM

    Wow! Congratulations on such a feat. This is tremendous!

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Longest ride, best time!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

So proud of myself! I rode 13.46 miles at an average speed of 10.5 mph. My longest ride ever and also my best average mph. I always wonder what my mph would be if I didn't have to stop for so many lights, but that is ok. I have to learn not to obsess about silly things like that. emoticon emoticon

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STHOMAS1009 5/29/2013 1:26PM

    I love it when folks just get on their bikes and ride. I obsess about my speed too. But it's always good to get on and feel the wind in our hair.

Ride ON! emoticon

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