Trouble Down Below

Well, today was Ride 3 of Biking To Live and the ride went fine. As the day has come and gone, though, I’ve started to experience a little bit of discomfort in my nether region. You know. The are of your body that never sees the light of day but can be a serious pain in the…..you get the picture. Anyway, it appears that I have rubbed a spot raw on the inner side of my right leg near my….ahem…business. I’ve put some skin relief lotion on it to try and take care of it because I want to be able to get my Saturday ride in tomorrow. I’m not surprised that something like this has happened since it’s been so long since I’ve drug myself around on a bike. I read an interesting by Ray at Bike Noob entitled I’m Riding In Comfort Now that makes me wonder if my bike shorts have contributed to the problem. My shorts are relatively new and were only used on stationary bikes when I was stationed on my last ship. They’re a pair of Nashbar shorts and look very similar to the ones in Ray’s article above. I may have to look at getting some nicer...

Ride 3 – Crazy Drivers

This morning it wasn’t as hard to get up but it wasn’t easy either. I still feel like I’m not getting enough sleep. I’m going to have to make a commitment to ensure I start getting 7+ hrs of sleep a night. I feel no ill effects from Ride 1 or 2 so I’m ready to get to it. As usual I down a bottle of water before leaving the house. Not sure it’s doing any good but I don’t think it’s bad either. I want to make sure I’m getting enough water. While not nearly as nice as yesterday’s weather today’s isn’t bad. There were some high cirrus clouds filtering the moonlight and the temp was crisp again. Near the middle of the ride I ran into a little bit of ground fog but it didn’t hamper the riding at all. The ride itself went very well. I tried to push it just a little bit harder than Ride 2 but not too hard. That’s important for me. I’m always trying to go gung-ho all the time with regards to sports and it has always plagued me when doing cardiovascular work. It was bad for me because I would attempt to start off much faster and harder than I should instead of doing it slow and steady throughout the entire run. This would cause me to spend myself too early and not get the max benefit from the exercise. I’m trying to be conscious of this in my riding so that I don’t burn out too early in a ride and can maximize the cardio benefits. I want...

Ride 2 – Christmas in April

It was tough to get up this morning. I had good intentions of going to bed early last night but wound up getting only about 5.5 hrs of sleep. Not good. As I lay there I caught myself trying to think of a way to sleep in and ride later. Again, not good. I forced myself to get up, drank a bottle of water, got dressed, and headed to the garage where my steed is housed. In that order. I know, the visual is kinda scary. Starting out my legs felt a little sluggish. Not unexpected since my first ride (Ride 1) in years was only two days old. Once I got the blood flowing, though, the legs started to feel ok. So, I’m riding down the first long stretch of my short 10 mile loop when I realize what a beautiful morning it is. It’s about 5:15 and cool but not cold. Crisp is what I would call it. The sky is clear and there’s an awesome looking early-morning half-moon in the Southwest sky with Jupiter shining brightly not far away. I love the night sky. I’m a bit of an amateur astronomy buff as well. As I approach one of the sub-division entrances along my route a flashing light off to the right catches my eye. I thought, “cool”, another biker out for an early morning ride. As it turns out, it was another biker but he was on a recumbent. As he turned out into the bike lane his backside came into view. He must have had four or five different lights facing the rear. Flashing,...

Day 1 recovery – no problems

Going along with my plan to slowly ease into it, today was a planned rest day.  I feel much better than I expected to with no noticeable effects from the ride yesterday.  I had no soreness whatsoever except for a little in my neck later in the day.    All-in-all not bad.  As I ride more this week I expect it to get worse. I do feel “better” today.  Is it psychological? ...

Ride 1 – Day 1 of Biking To Live

Well, today marked day 1 of Biking To Live. The alarm went off promptly at 5:00 AM. Man is that early. I’m glad I went to bed early the night before. I was surprised at how dark it was outside. Well, I proceeded to get dressed and downed a quick bottle of water before even leaving the bedroom. It was a little more brisk than I anticipated so I went back inside and threw on a long sleeve t-shirt. The ride, for the most part, was uneventful. Because I wasn’t sure how the traffic was going to be I stayed to the sidewalk for the first part of the ride. The sidewalk in this area is frequently used by runners but there were no other dedicated “athletes” out at this time in the morning. Maybe they were smarter and still in bed. I eventually left the side walk and hit the bike path. Surprisingly, I fell into a good rhythm and everything seemed to be going good. About halfway through my route my hands started to cramp up some and I had to shake them out every so often to get the feeling back. It was at this point that I decided I needed new gloves. The ones I had were….I don’t know….at least ten years old. I’ve also decided by this point that I need to get a flashing red light for the rear. There wasn’t much traffic, and I had the bike path, but I just didn’t feel too comfortable riding with it still so dark. I guess I’ll be visiting Nashbar later in the day to...
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