Friday, April 28, 2006

May is biking month. I forget the date but there is a commuting week and a commuting day to encourage bicycle commuting. I think it is great and would love to do it but because I use my car in my line of work (delivering mail) I need my car.

Then I am thinking I could perhaps park the car behind the PO on the one day and ride there. My biggest fear is someone will steal my gas and I need my gas to run my route. Silly huh but it this day of high gas prices a quarter tank of gas just may be a temptation.

But I am thinking on it...

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Finally! A day without 25 mile and hour winds! I got home from doing route early and headed out on the bike. I need to get another computer so I can track my mile(s) *snicker* on the road bike. I felt like I could go forever today with no wind to fight! But 60 is too warm for me so I may have to change to earlier in the morning.

Friday, April 21, 2006

In my biking and k-route dilerium last week I stumbled upon a website called Dirt Rag. It is a mountain bike site/magazine that also celebrates ART and literature! How cool is that? I sent for a sample issue and look forward to getting it.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Today was a big day. I did the "k" route, the whole thing, all by myself. I beat the mail truck by 10 minutes! Whew! I really pushed it at the end. Next time I'll push it all the way through. I still made quite a few mistakes, but it will come eventually. I'm just glad I made it.

So I come home and took Benji for a ride since ds16 readjusted the seat for me again last night with the new seat. It is mine now. I peddled the whole road, Tex and I and it just felt real nice. My butt doesn't hurt and my knees feel the workout but not in a bad way.

I will sleep good tonight!

Friday, April 14, 2006

Today I took my bike seat in for Benji to see if I could get a new clamp to get it to quit rocking. Turns out the guy who sold me my Giant was there and asked me how I liked the bike. I told him I loved it, that I am very satisfied. I then asked about the seat for Benji and turns out the stem is too small and they don't make that small a one anymore.


Ok, so I figure I'll have to scour vintage bikes or online or call the Schwinn dealer in Marshfield and see if they can help me out.

Well, my 16 yr. old son came up with the brilliant idea of using a piece of copper pipe and attached his old seat to my bike. It worked beautifully! It was so comfortable as I ripped up the road. Pure heaven! Even the dogs had to work hard to keep up with me!

Biking is great!!!
The bicycle is just as good company as most husbands and, when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community. --- Ann Strong, Minneapolis Tribune, 1895

"When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me."-- Emo Phillips
One thing that is a bummer out here is the lack of company for riding. I did almost fall over the other day when I saw my neighbor on a bike. She is a short little thing and as round as tall so that gave me hope. Problem with being around her is that all she wants to discuss is religion, her's to be precise thus I do try and avoid her beyond the polite wave, chit chat and the such.

So I started to look for other's. I know somewhere on these dusty back roads and miles of field, farms and woods there is another big lady wanting to ride a bike! I found two "local" clubs, under the loose definition of local out here, both over an hour away. One is a racing club so that one is out for me (although I'm thinking I can volunteer to help at races and such) and the other is the Wausau Wheelers who claim they take all kinds of riders. I'm thinking for $10 is it worth joining just to learn who else is there? I mean, I am not going on any rides at this point as it would take me longer to drive there than I'd be on my bike (lol) but it may be incentive. And again, the idea I can volunteer and learn.

I also subscribed to Bicycling magazine which also is now giving a free years subscription to Mountain Bike magazine too so I'll have all these things to look at and read/dream about. Last issue, man there is a great shot I would love to paint. The only problem with the magazines is that there are very few women in them which is discouraging. But I have only seen one issue of each so really cannot judge it on that.

We need a women's biking magazine! One that encompasses the whole gamut from racers to folks like me. It could have success stories, poetry, discuss the spiritual side of riding and balancing a full life. Wouldn't that be fun? And lots of pictures of women of all types. Advertising geared towards women's products, making it more lucritive for manufacturers to create items specificaly for women...big women too!

Yes, I can see it. I'm going to call it "Wheel Women".
Wow, according to I am ranked 4073 out of 4081! And out of all those below me, only ONE has no miles reported! I haven't reported all my true miles since first of all I thought I'd look pathetic putting down .8, second of all Benji doesn't have a puter so I don't have official tally though I know what our road is. Anyway, it is good to know that perhaps others are struggling along with me. Out here isolated, reading journals of people who do races, going to the bike shop where all the shoppers/employees are svelt and atheletic looking, it is very lonely!

I'm on the outside looking in for the first time in my life. And believe me, it is a good thing! How you ask? It is good because I am actually out there now where I notice these things! Before I was in my own little world, staying fat, using excuses as to why I am fat. Yes, I am a little uncomfortable in the bike shops and such. I feel a little strange. No one says anything, there isn't even the "look" so it may all be in my head. I mean, I don't walk through life as a fat person, I am that out of touch with reality. I will say, when I bought my mtn bike at Scheels in Eau Claire, that guy was very helpful. He pushed the bike I have and I was leery to say the least as I had never heard of Giant. Now I see on other websites of folks who are big, Giants are more common because they are built to handle bigger folks. The guy at the Scheels didn't say this outright (being polite although I let him know I was concerned about it) and I went with my gut and test ride and am very pleased with my new bike.

I do need a new seat or post or whatever on Benji though as I like to switch bikes every other day to give my knees a break. The darn seat is rocking on me again. My son says it is stripped. I wonder if it can be replaced or if I have to buy a whole new seat. If so I want a woman's saddle, just a bit wider on the butt bone area. I'll go back to Scheels because I liked the nonjudgemental service plus I get 10% off of anything I buy for a year.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Ok people's...good thing you all are sitting (or if actually working on a computer standing up, sit down before reading on) but I took my MTN bike out and went 1.5 miles!!! Don't faint! LOL. Oh man, what an accomplishment! Tex came along and was such a good boy, sticking to the side of the road when on the highway. Most was dirt road (I rode our whole road and half back) and the asphalt was the slight grade side but I did it!! I'm so proud of myself!

Monday, April 10, 2006

As I speak, I am making my bank unhappy by paying just one more auction with PayPal via my savings account. You know, they won't give me a debit card without having to go through a loan process or I'd have it hooked to my checking. But whatever. This will be the last time (promise!) and I'll go back to keeping a balance. Life goes on.

We had a family 4H bowling party yesterday afternoon. I stink at bowling but what can one expect, it is my fourth time ever going. Both games I had the lowest score and I thought I was doing good! Ha. Guess I shouldn't have looked on the card.

Anyway, that blew a big hole into my day. Neighbor gave hubby a Muscovey drake duck as it was killing all their hens. They didn't want to butcher it so instead they give it away. I don't want a duck, my dogs may tear it apart so hubby went and butchered it. Bleh. I feel bad for the poor thing. A good critter raising farmer I shall never be.

Anyway, the dogs and I took another run to the highway and back. This time I really pushed it. Oh was I wishing I had my computer on Benji so I could see how fast I was going! Or maybe it would be like the bowling score...better in the old imagination than in reality, ha! Anyway for a split second I was flying! For a few more seconds I was seventeen again...

Saturday, April 08, 2006

I took Benji my road bike out for a run today along with my two dogs. One of these days I need to leave the dogs home since I am now able to ride to the highway and back comfortably. I can't run the dogs on the highway as I don't trust them, especially Ty (upper left on top and looking away on bottom picture. The other one is Tex, my doggie soul mate.) since he doesn't always listen. He was a pound dog and I got him at seven months of age. A very trying pup he is but we are bonding slowly but surely.

Anyway, it was a short but nice ride and the dogs got in a good run. I'm hoping tomorrow to leave the dogs home and attempt some of the highway itself. That will be smooth sailing except heading east has a long slight grade and heading west is a huge hill! Guess which way I will be going???

Look at these old St. Vincent de Paul squishy handle bar covers. After I saw the pink handle bar tape I've been dreaming of it. Do you think it would look stupid on a pearl blue bike? It might.
Route training has taken over my life but now I am on the downslope of that and back on the bikes. Yes, I purchased tubes for Benji and have been taking him for a ride. One of these days I need to leave the dogs behind so I can get onto the paved road. He still rides great and it is easier than it had been. Progress.

I got a letter from my bank yesterday saying I have too much activity in my savings acct. I've been using it for PayPal rather than keeping a balance (not selling anything to help fill it). What a joke. Reminds me when I was a young mom and broke. I had $25.00 in my savings acct. and needed it to pay a bill. When I went to the bank they told me my acct. was empty because there had been no activity so they charged me monthly. What a ripoff. I had no money to conduct activity with so they "stole" it all.

Well, they are going to be real happy with me because I already have done my six allowments for this month and have two more I need to do. I hate banks. The mattress is looking much better. If only I could hook PayPal up to it.