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What does one need to get deliberately down and dirty?

Monday, May 28, 2012

First you need an event. But given that you have one, what are the practical things to think about?

Go backwards in time when thinking of preparations. Think about AFTER the event, when you are going to be wet and covered in mud! Find out what you can about on-site cleanup that will be available.

1) Take a bag of at least clean clothing to change into after you hose off. Including shoes. Underwear if there will be indoor / modesty changing facilities.

2) Think about how you will protect your vehicle's interior... even once you change! Plastic bags / sheets to cover the seats?

Think about parking, how far / what terrain you'll need to cover going to and from the start/changing after race area... are you going to get dirty all over again just getting to the car?

Now think about the event itself. What are the obstacles like? It is "just a few mud pits" or are there other crawling, climbing, hanging activities involved?

3) Plan and acquire needed attire and equipment. In my case this includes cut resistant gripping gloves, knee and elbow pads. It includes long sleeves and long pants and trail running shoes.

In the end, the goal is to have fun, honor those your event is meant to honor (in this case, the Quest for the Vets, our service members past and present). My personal goal is to finish the course, and NOT end up in the ER the end of the day.

AND... don't forget to stretch before and after!

Wish me luck, Spark buds... we are at flag raising minus 6 hours and change. Happy Memorial Day. emoticon

  
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NEWKAREN43 5/28/2012 5:27PM

    I knew I had to read this blog after I saw your status update for today! I'm SO happy you avoided ER, however, missing pants will leave you some explaining to do! Can't wait to hear about it!!!

Happy Memorial Day!

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LEANJEAN6 5/28/2012 5:13PM

    Have you done it Barb??---- Holy cow!!! Whatta girl you are!!!!---Lynda

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SUNNY332 5/28/2012 5:02PM

    You have my utmost respect Barb. Way to go to "think it all through to the end". Awesome.

Best of luck. Can't wait to see your next post.

Hugs, Sunny

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_LINDA 5/28/2012 2:48PM

    Uber organized planner, thats my Barb! You mean warm up first then stretch before the race ;) Just a note, if you see the course ahead of time, do be wary of choosing long sleeves and pants -when wet and muddy, these can really weigh you down and make it difficult to climb obstacles. If there is nothing on the course like bushes or things that would scratch, you may be okay with shorts & T-shirt.. Can't wait to hear all about it and see the photos!
Go Barb GO!
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Special thank you to your amazing son for helping keep us free!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/28/2012 11:43AM

    Definitely wishing you all the best. You are such an organized inspiration!

Happy Memorial Day. Remembering ALL our sons, daughters, family members in the service. God bless them one and all. God bless US!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 5/28/2012 11:43AM

    Good luck, Barb! I'll be anxiously awaiting photos.

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Good Luck, Barb!
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KATHRYNLP 5/28/2012 8:20AM

    Have Fun.. stay cool and hydrated!! emoticon emoticon

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BD3269PM 5/28/2012 7:56AM

    Good luck and enjoy emoticon

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KALIGIRL 5/28/2012 7:35AM

    Delfinite luck - hope the weather stays cool for you!

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MSLZZY 5/28/2012 7:21AM

    Good luck and stay safe. You have planned for this-mud
and all! Happy Memorial Day!

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MEDDYPEDDY 5/28/2012 7:12AM

    Oh I envy you, sound really fun!

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LEANJEAN6 5/28/2012 6:50AM

    Good Luck Barb!!!--But--I know you are going to do well and enjoy this!!--Lynda emoticon

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Tradition - the visit to the cemetery

Sunday, May 27, 2012

When Memorial Day rolls around, the meaning of the day and the family tradition have a strong pull. So when I contemplated my TRI training for the day, and it said "Bike 10 miles", I knew that a trip on two wheels, human powered, to Mom & Dad's gravesite would easily fulfill that requirement, and that was my plan.

I didn't take my camera. I didn't take flowers. I didn't arrange to meet others. It was just me on the bike. Once I entered the grounds, my bike automatically headed for the corner I remember. I noted how the "three small trees" we used to use as visual markers for where Mom was laid to rest aren't so small any more... still, they are smaller than their neighbors.

When I got to the spot, I parked the bicycle, and stood and chatted for a few minutes. Believe it or not, I spoke aloud, like in the movies. And, unexpectedly, as I started to tell them about my son and where he was and what he was doing, a few tears fell. They did not live to see him overcome his challenges and grow into the man I know they would both be proud of. He was still struggling when Dad passed.

I spoke of their other grand- and now great-grandchildren. And then I invited them along on the ride home, to show them how beautiful the grown-up suburbs mom used to say were "too big" for her have become. The city has grown. Places that used to be fields are now commerial and residential areas.

I took a different bike-path home, one I had not taken before. It wasn't as pleasant as some of the others I have kept to, but it was a little shorter distance. In the end, my ride was 14.09 miles, in 90 minutes, with a 5 minute grave-side visit.

This Memorial Day weekend, I honor those for whom the day was founded: those lost in armed conflicts the nation has been involved in, dating back to the U.S. Civil War (remember, it used to be Decoration Day). May they rest in peace with honor. May their families be comforted that they are not forgotten.
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HEALTHYOTTER 5/30/2012 9:08PM

    5/27 was my Dad's birthday. He passed 8 years ago. I often feel as if my relatives who've gone are watching out for my kiddos. I hope you and your son feel the presence of his grandparents!

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MOBYCARP 5/28/2012 9:53PM

    Thank you for the reflection. There's been a lot of life happen since Dad passed. You got me to pause and consider the changes in my life and my daughter's life over the past decade, and what the folks might have thought about them. That's about as good as I'll do on this Memorial Day weekend that was mostly sucked up by my paid job.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 5/28/2012 7:15PM

    Wonderful, and you spoke my heart as well.
I visited Dads grave for the first time and had quite a chat with him. Every Memorial Day he would go up to the main street to watch the parade. I would call him to to thank him for his service and tell him I would always remember him.
He is buried in the Veteran's cemetery. It was nice to see the rows of flags.

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KALIGIRL 5/28/2012 7:46AM

    Wonderful visit - hope it gives you a little added comfort that thy're looking over you both - have fun in the race today!

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SHARON10002 5/28/2012 12:12AM

    Great blog, Barb. So many of us have fathers who are WWII vets. I'm 8 hours away from where my parents are buried, so my belief is that my parents are always with me wherever I am; they live in our hearts and are just a mere thought away. I do believe they know full well what your son has become and has achieved. I agree with things changing as time marches onward. I know my mom and dad are beaming with love and pride over what our son has accomplished since their deaths, and I'm sure they're having some input on the finishing touches for their soon to be great grandchild.

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KARIDIAN1 5/27/2012 10:18PM

    Great Blog. It's nice you can still talk with your parents and keep their memory alive.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/27/2012 9:27PM

    This made me shed some tears. I had this fear that my son was not going to overcome his obstacles and become a productive man in life. I know my parents worried about it, too. BUT as of Friday, he passed his basics. He seems to me to be a completely different MAN from the one I sent off on March 5 for basics.

I am sure that your parents see what your son has become, what he's doing from their vantage point.

Hugs, and have a peaceful Memorial Day.



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WATERMELLEN 5/27/2012 5:59PM

    Lovely blog, Barb . . . you have to be so proud of your son, and knowing that your parents would be proud of him too. Our kids do grow up, eventually . . . and we never ever stop worrrying about them anyhow!

In Canada our "memorial day" is Remembrance Day in November . . . our long weekend in May is Victoria Day, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday (last weeken). I have noticed, however, that there is a lot more respect for the militaty here post Afghanistan in particular than ever was during our "nation of peacekeepers" and "refuge for Vietnamese draft dodger" days!! Sometimes keeping the peace requires bearing arms . . .

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 5/27/2012 4:13PM

    Very nice blog. My sister and I also took a trip to the cemetary on Friday.

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MSLZZY 5/27/2012 2:25PM

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I also talk aloud to my mom when I am there. I feel
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_LINDA 5/27/2012 1:09PM

    Beautiful way to spend your day Barb. Yes its important to remember why we have this long weekend. Thank you to your son and the others keeping our countries free and who made the ultimate sacrifice to do so..
United we are strong against our enemies and those who would do us harm.
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BARBAELLEN 5/27/2012 12:37PM

    Barb, somehow you've got the knack of making me stop and think about the important things. I took a break from wondering if I had enough corn on the cob for everone. Instead, I sat back and pondered for a while about my family who have passed. (Made me maudlin) I looked at my Dad's picture in his WWII uniform and thought about Memorial Day. I really believe we need to remember, even if it makes us feel sad. Thanks for the reminder that this holiday is not about corn on the cob. I needed that the kick in the you-know-what. Hope your holiday is great!
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MNTWINSGAL 5/27/2012 12:33PM

    Lovely sentiments. I talked to my Dad yesterday too.

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KASEYCOFF 5/27/2012 12:29PM

    Nice one, Barb, really nice.
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KNITLEIGH 5/27/2012 11:54AM

    Remembering is so vital! Thanks!

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Ah, Saturday!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Yesterday was a "rest" day on the training plan, and I was quite ready to go to bed early. The flip side of that is that I also woke early, half an hour or more before the alarm. Guess the body is programmed to say "7 hours - done!" emoticon

After a good stretch, I got up and started through my morning routine. By 5 a.m. I was ravenous and ate a banana. The steel cut oats are simmering, and I'm sipping my coffee from my SparkPeople mug (Mary's got a matching one, from her visit here last December... she can imagine having coffee together, as can I).

While I was writing my "sharing the road" blogs, life moved on around me. I found out that this wild concept of doing the obstacle course is causing me to invest in some new "toys". I have the feeling before I'm done, I will have invested quite a bit, between equipping for the triathlon, and this side-trip!

Anyway here are this week's investments: trail running shoes, knee pads, and elbow pads. I put them all on Thursday evening for my neighborhood walk, to see how they would feel "in action". They may be a little warm on the event itself, but to minimize / avoid scrapes and bruises? Worth it.



Today's training plan: run 30 minutes, it says. I'm thinking a light lifting workout might be good to go with it... don't want to overdo, two days out from the obstacle course.

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WATERMELLEN 5/26/2012 8:26PM

    Nobody better to invest in than . . .you!!

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_LINDA 5/26/2012 7:04PM

    Good for you getting this protection! It will be worth it! Exercise doesn't take a holiday and neither does your training! Good on you!!
Have a Sparktacular Saturday!!

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MOBYCARP 5/26/2012 3:03PM

    New toys are always lots of fun!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 5/26/2012 10:59AM

    Investing in tools to protect you from injury is always money well-spent. And yes, I can imagine us having coffee together with our SP mugs! Happy Memorial Day weekend. If you get a chance to talk or email with your son, please thank him for me for the sacrifices he and his comrades are making on our behalf.

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KASEYCOFF 5/26/2012 9:43AM

    I see you have a workout buddy, lol...
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1CRAZYDOG 5/26/2012 9:27AM

    Agree . . . definitely worth the investment. Worth avoiding the bruises and contusions!

Wishing you alll the best on that obstacle course. You're one adventurous lady!

Have a great weekend. HUGS!

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ANDI571 5/26/2012 8:39AM

    I wish I had your enthusiasm. I need to improve my exercise routine, but the spirit is willing, but the mind is not, or something like that, lol. emoticon

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REJ7777 5/26/2012 7:35AM

    Our health is worth investing in, whether time or finances. Plus, it's always fun to try new stuff. Have a great day! emoticon

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MSLZZY 5/26/2012 7:26AM

    New equipment, as needed, and a great attitude!
Have a fantastic weekend! HUGS!

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One last road-sharing blog, then I'll hush up and return to your regular programming

Friday, May 25, 2012

Let me say one more thing: I'm normally a very tolerant biker, driver AND walker. Being "mature" I have been through just about every mindset that can turn someone into a temporary jerk on any means of transit (including bus and subway riding). So my little venting was not my normal behavior... I usually just shake it off.

I once took a class where they asked us about pet peeves and things that drove us nuts. And then, flipping it over, asked us to internally examine ourselves to see if we had ever DONE any of the things that drove us nuts, or could have been perceived as doing them in the eyes of another party. As in the parable of "cast the first stone", we all had to admit that we were not without errors of our own.

The take-away lesson was "everybody is somebody's jerk sometime".

So... as a biker, I try to be considerate of drivers. As a driver, I try to be conscious of both bikers and walkers. As a pedestrian, I try to be conscious and considerate of bikers and drivers. I'm sure I do not always succeed.

Once upon a time, I became suddenly conscious that I was exceeding the speed limit in a zone where children board school busses. There were small children at the side of the road and I had zipped by them... and suddenly I just felt like I'd been slapped upside the head... what was I THINKING? Was it really worth the risk to get to work a few minutes sooner?

No one was hurt. I just became aware. Thank goodness. Seconds make a difference when driving. Thereafter, I ceased being such a hard case about making my scheduled arrival time. If I end up a bit late, so be it. It's not worth risking the life and limbs of someone else's child to me. I can leave a little sooner if I have to or I can just change my mind set.

As a pedestrian, I know I am least protected from the impact of a collision, but I'm also going the slowest. As a cyclist, speed adds to my danger, and I'm not much more protected (a bike helmet only provides so much). So in these two forms of transit, I am most careful. But as a driver, I have the most potential of doing harm to others... and I would have a hard time living with myself if I did. So I try to be aware.

As pedestrian or cyclist, I need to do my best to help the courteous, conscious drivers... by being visible, as well as being wise. That vest? It's coming soon to my closet!

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HEALTHYOTTER 5/27/2012 2:14PM

    When my kids' ride their bikes, I tell them it's not just themselves they need to watch out for, it's the other drivers as well. My 10 year old was cycling, got tapped gently by a car. The girl driving was texting. Lessons learned all the way around, and thank God, no one seriously hurt. If only all transport lessons could be learned that way, with no one hurt.

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WATERMELLEN 5/26/2012 8:25PM

    It's that moment of inattention (whether as pedestrian, biker, or driver): and we CANNOT sustain attention all the time . . . so I agree, gotta do our best and forgive others too when they lose it. (Had a driver scream at me today . . . obviously I was the jerk, still not sure what the problem was . . . but he sure was mad!!)

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MNTWINSGAL 5/25/2012 10:50PM

    Great series of blogs, Barb, and very timely too. Safety is a real concern as we head into the holiday weekend.

Keep on Bikin', and keep on doing it safely!

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SUNNY332 5/25/2012 9:19PM

    When it comes to my safety, I am in charge. I know you are a defensive driver. You have to be these days.

Keep biking and above all - have fun.

Sunny

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BARBAELLEN 5/25/2012 8:19PM

    Sometimes, I think jerks on the road (or anywhere else) are not even aware that they are inconsiderate. Nothing like unpleasant encounters of the worst kind to make us change our behavior. I never gave a thought to sidewalk perils until my sisters and I had a terrifying close call when a speeding driver hopped the curb and almost got us. Now, I aways walk as far from the curb as possible. Then, one day it was pouring and I was absolutely soaked and freezing while drivers in a parking lot splashed by and wouldn't let us cross the lane. Right then, I thought "YOU'RE DRY, so thanks a bunch!" Never thought of it before, but now whenever it's raining, I always make sure to give pedestrians a break, even if it's my right-of-way. My point is, I wonder if jerks are really rude, or maybe they just never give any thought to what they're doing?

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LEANJEAN6 5/25/2012 5:59PM

    i got such a kick outta you goin g up to a pilot and hugging him/her--Anyway--vent on here--stupid stuff happens on the road---Great blog--You said everything we all have experienced----hugs Barb--BE CAREFUL ON THAT BIKE---Lynda

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1CRAZYDOG 5/25/2012 11:33AM

    Yes, the fact is once in awhile we can all have the jerk come out! So, tolerance is the rule of the day! Great blog.

Have a fantastic weekend.

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NELLJONES 5/25/2012 10:12AM

    As a fellow rider, I have to remember that drivers don't see motorcycles. They can look right at us and not see us. I wear hi-viz yellow and they still don't see me. I am careful about where in the lane I ride, I cover my brakes whenever anything is even remotely questionable, but I still have to be careful of cars. Nowadays there are so many distractions in the car (cell phones, kids in the back seat, as well as the perennial putting on make up or talking to a passenger) that I am not even sure they are looking at anything except where they are going.

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_LINDA 5/25/2012 9:25AM

    Its great you have a perpective from all sides of the equation. I have never driven, so will not gain that view. In our city they have speed limits on all school zones during the school year 30 km. Sometimes, it takes enforcement to make sure drivers do the right thing. I wish more cyclists and pedestrians would also do the right thing. But you got the biggest problem nailed -everyone is always in such a big hurry, they take shortcuts. Speed is what kills. Going too fast to notice everything going on around you. Inattention through texting is a problem for pedestrians as well as drivers (interestingly enough, I haven't seen anyone on a bike doing it). What does it take to make people aware of their surroundings and what is going on when they are on the road no matter the form of transportation? I know I will never feel safe as a pedestrian in my city having experienced the large number of rude people in various conveyances. It makes me hyper aware when I am out there..

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KALIGIRL 5/25/2012 8:21AM

    Namaste my friend - here's to awareness!

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MSLZZY 5/25/2012 7:45AM

    We all need a wake-up call to examine our own actions.
You made an excellent point. None of us is without
blame but being aware is what keeps us from creating
a situation that could change our lives in a heartbeat.
Thanks for sharing-your wisdom and the road!

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REJ7777 5/25/2012 7:39AM

    Good summary of each one's personal responsibility when in transit.

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That got a good discussion going, so let's keep going!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

First, I'd like to make it clear that I ride on BIKE PATHs as much as I possibly can. When I ride on the road I follow the rules as enforced within my city. The comments I was directing at drivers yesterday (and most days) are generally where the designated and well published bike path intersects and crosses roads.

The car that was blocking my curb cut? Was poised right over the crosswalk. Illegal activity, by the way.

The people I'm most afraid don't see me? Are talking on CELL PHONES! Illegal activity, by the way.

Good suggestion about wearing reflective vest... I hadn't got one yet, but if I'm going to keep up biking as a means of transportation it's on my list. I do have lights on my bike to make it street legal now.

Oh, to turn it on its head? Things that most irritate me about rude CYCLISTS are similar to what several commenters said yesterday... and may I add one more? Whatever happened to bikers signaling their turns? Hand signals and turn signals (for car OR bikes) are not optional!

So... in the end, I guess it boils down to praying out loud that people will be intelligent, courteous, and follow the rules of the road. I think we can all agree on that!

  
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OVERWORKEDJANET 5/25/2012 5:43AM

    Hand signals? We have a universal state signal, I'm from New Jersey! LOL emoticon
Enough with the stand up comedy.
I commute from the country to Philly every day. There are racing teams all around here between Rutgers and Princeton Universties and these groups ride in swarms but all wear standout clothing. They may take over a road but you can see them.
It's the local rider at 5 am in the dark who thinks his front light makes him safe while he rides in black shirt and shorts who scares me.
It's also the jockies in the city who blow through traffic lights, weave between cars to get ahead or try to beat the light to make the turn from the right lane across 3 lanes of slowly moving traffic who make me snarl!
That being said, I'm getting my daughters abandoned bike fixed and think I'll start riding! I want to get a glowing orange shirt to wear. emoticon

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REJ7777 5/25/2012 5:34AM

    Many years ago, I was driving down a long steep hill, with my baby in the backseat, when I passed a large group of cyclists. Suddenly, one of the rims blew off a tire because I'd gotten a flat. My heart jumped into my throat, because if that had happened just seconds earlier, one of those cyclists could have been badly hurt! Know what they did? About five of the young men stopped, removed the flat tire and installed the spare. That was over 35 years ago, but I'll never forget the kindness that those cyclists showed to an automobile driver that day! I still get emotional when I think about that incident.
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MEDDYPEDDY 5/25/2012 1:49AM

    Late one evening I dicovered that I did not have any milk for my morning coffee - debated with mysel wether to bike or drive down to the night open gas station... took the bike, ok with lights on but no refexion vest and I could feel myself living a very dangerous llife as it is a lot of traffic and the biker have to go on the car road... felt vulnerable, usually I do wear a vest when itīs dusk, dawn or dark... take care!

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NEWKAREN43 5/24/2012 10:53PM

    I didn't read the start of this discussion, however, I've been considering riding the 3 miles to work this summer on my bike and I've equipped my son with a bike/helmet, etc to ride home from his first job as he's a non-driver...honestly, being safe is such a huge concern! Drivers of cars can't avoid each other with all the rules of the road, how can we as bikers expect that we will be whole when we get to or from work!?!?

It's a scary prospect these days...best to you! And to everyone who decides to venture out without a good shell of metal (fiberglass) around them! Blessings and safety!

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WATERMELLEN 5/24/2012 10:39PM

    The (sad) reality is that many drivers are neither courteous nor careful. And when they make a mistake, they're surrounded by a protective steel shell. But on a bike, you're not.

Keep on biking defensively!!

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SUNNY332 5/24/2012 10:35PM

    Oh yes, do be careful and do get a reflective vest as soon as you can.

Sunny

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MOBYCARP 5/24/2012 7:39PM

    If you're careful, you might be able to find a reflective vest or harness that's suitable both for biking and for running in the dark.

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LEANJEAN6 5/24/2012 6:57PM

    You be careful on that bike Barb!--I walk/run up the highway, and I swear that a few drivers aim their car right at me--Sometimes I've had to jump off the side---so I know where you are coming from--Be CAREFUL! I need you!!!-- emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 5/24/2012 10:52AM

    Oh heavens, let me count the ways I really, really, really, really dislike distracted drivers. Music blaring, texting, talking on the cell, doing makeup/hair/nails . . . AAARRRGGGHHHH! Personally I think these types of drivers should be sentenced to spend a day in the ICU to see first hand the results that come of distracted driving . . . both to the distracted driver and innocent by-standers.

Guess I spent too much time as an ICU nurse trying to help too many people who had traumatic brain injuries. Totally changed the course of their lives for something stupid!

Ok, off the soapbox.

Totally agree with the reflective vest. I wear one when I walk @ night, too, so I can have a hope and a prayer of being seen.

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DEBRA0818 5/24/2012 10:50AM

    I put my turn signals on even when I know there is no one around -- a habit from day 1 of driving that I've always maintained. Ditto for the seat belt. When biking, I signal when I'm on the road, but not on an empty neighborhood street. Still, I watch for cyclists when I'm driving and for drivers when I'm biking. There are some crazy people down here using both modes of transportation.

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_LINDA 5/24/2012 10:36AM

    I use a reflective vest on my scooter, one of the first things we got. My scooter does have a full set of lights, the back ones being fairly bright (including yellow turn signals), but the front one being really wimpy. In the daytime, they are not easily seen, so I use hand signals. Its astonishing how many bike riders at night not only don't have so much as a single reflector on their bike, but are also dressed in black!!
What really gets me is turning drivers. They seem to have blinders on and don't know you aren't supposed to go when there is a pedestrian in the crosswalk. You are right on when you say no one uses turn signals anymore, both in cars and on bikes.
One thing they generally do right, if they have stopped for a light and are over the crosswalk, they back it up if they see me coming (if they have room behind them)
Don't get me started on drivers doing things behind the wheel. My step dad was waiting in a line up, when all of sudden he got rear ended. The young woman behind him had dropped her hot coffee and accidentally hit the gas :( While she admitted it to him, she wouldn't for insurance purposes :( I had a friend who did her nails behind the wheel as that is the only time she can find for it!!! But this texting is epidemic. My nephew went into the ditch because of it. I don't know that he has learned his lesson. Young people tend to think they are invincible.

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LJCANNON 5/24/2012 10:19AM

    emoticonCommon Courtesy and Hand Signals seem to be not 'Common' at all anymore. I am glad that people do seem to be becoming more aware of Bikers, maybe because more people are Biking.

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DEBRITA01 5/24/2012 8:28AM

    Sometimes people forget or ignore the rules of the road and to be courteous - that goes for all transportation vehicles. Wishing you happy and safe trails as you enjoy your cycling! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 5/24/2012 8:18AM

    The discussion must have been lively!

Reflective clothing is a must for bikers - glad it's on your list.

First time I came upon a car in the crosswalk was coming up 70th - had no energy left, so fell into the (thank goodness grassy) hill
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One other caution - if you're riding adjacent to a 4 lane road and against traffic, be aware the drivers will not look in your direction before pulling out - I guess I never did before biking...
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MSLZZY 5/24/2012 7:57AM

    Sometimes it seems like rude is the only thing these
people know. And hand signals fell by the wayside
years ago. So sorry for all your difficulties.

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