Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Switching Gears

Wow! What a great ride Cha-Cha and I had on Monday morning. I was out for about 2 and a half hours and I'm feeling it today. Actually, I was feeling it as I began hour three yesterday, but luckily the trail switched directions and I got out of riding into a pretty stiff headwind. Obviously, I need to better prep for my next ride. More hydration and more fuel.

I hate exercising after eating, but I was on fumes by the time it was over. Oh, and I almost fell into the river. I think it's time for me to learn something about cycling. Clementine Peddleford has 18 gears (if I'm doing the math right) and I need to know how to use them. I damned near fell into the river during a mis-timed gear switch! I came home and did a little googling and have learned a thing or two that I'm anxious to use. I cannot wait to go again!

In order to go again, I'm going to have to switch some things around. I have a meeting on Saturday morning and meditation/church on Sunday, so I'll have to figure out a way to still participate in those activities while finding time to bike out of the Texas summer heat.

Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Gear up.



  1. 18 gears, holy cow! You almost need a license for that thing. Glad you and the ChaCha had a great ride. Wind sucks. I do like the feeling of noodle legs, though.

    Thanks so much for your ever thoughtful and kind comments. Your friendship means the world to me.

  2. I think changing gears takes co-ordination that I just don't seem to have sometimes. I got my bike last year and really haven't ridden it enough to give it a chance or my body time to get used to it.
    Good for you for getting out there so long! That's a great way to spend a day.

  3. You've got to get yourself some on the go nutrition if you're going out for that long! Use the stuff other endurance athletes use like Shot Bloks or Gu or Powerade or Gatorade or pack a snack and stop half way through and eat it!

  4. I love that you named your bike. Way cool.

    I'm also insanely jealous of the weather you've been having. In spite of living in the wet Northwest, I'm a fair weather kind of gal. No bike riding unless the sun is shining. So lately, no bike riding. Boo. I can't wait for summer to come here. Someday. My sun will come. :)

  5. Yaay, Roxie! Another member of the cycling sisterhood. What kind of bike is Cha-Cha?
    Have you gone through the rite of passage of buying padded biking shorts?

  6. Does Cha-Cha have a basket on her handlebars? You could pack a water bottle and some snacks - er, fuel in it. You do expend a lot of energy riding a bike so take care of your athlete's body!

    And 18 gears - wow. My bike (Ipoholo) had 3 gears which is about all my mind can figure out.

    P.S. Glad you didn't fall into the river!

  7. I never did know what gears are for. I ride in one, but I usually only ride when I visit my parents. I borrow my Mom's bike. Last time I got blisters on my thumbs. Perhaps I was gripping the handlebars too tight?

  8. You named the bike or yourself - Clemetine Peddleford?

    I did not name my bike. I have to put that on the list of do's. I will not put bike-riding in TX on the list.

  9. My bike is Flo and has 18 geers and I 'm clueless on how to use them. I've forgotten what I knew as a kid. My rides are at night. Nothing beats a cool breeze coasting down a hill. Keep peddalig.

  10. Were you smiling? Inside and out? Doesn't it feel great to ride?
    I just rode my bike today! Ursula. 5 gears.
    I thought I was doing good with an hour and 15 min.
    My va-jj isn't liking it one bit. :D
    My seat is super high to accomodate my legs and coming off the bike at a red light I nearly went over.
    No water around though.
    Glad you didn't get wet!

    lol @ Dana's noodle legs.

  11. Geez, I'm glad you didn't fall in the river! I don't switch gears much unless I ride along the bayou. I almost fell in that once but not shifting gears - narrow path and another biker coming by fast - scary :/

    Get some padded shorts - you can wear them under something if you're not into the spandex look. Carry a granola bar and/or banana, pbj sandwich and for really long rides, try to find a place to refill your water. Glad you and Cha-Cha are bonding.

    I try to ride in the evening now since it's staying light till late - much cooler then.

  12. 2.5 hours on a bike!! You're putting us bike commuters to shame Rox!

    Sent/will send a separate email to avoid hijacking your comments with my experiences with in ride fueling. There are SO many options! Just keep pedaling.


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