PillsburyCodeBoy 60M
479 posts
6/28/2005 7:31 am

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm


... riding my bike!

Bet you thought I was going to talk about something else, didn’t you?

A few weeks ago, I wrote about getting my bicycle out of storage and trying to get it in decent enough shape to ride. Two weeks ago this past Sunday, my bike was covered in dust and hadn’t been ridden in almost eight years. Last Saturday I rode it from my house to my place of work and back, a round-trip distance of 13.2 miles.

I’m now registered for the Tour de Paris, a bike rally that will take place in Paris, Texas on July 16. I’ll be riding the 15K leg, which is the shortest leg, but also less than the 13.2 miles I rode Saturday. So I know I can do it.

I wouldn’t have done any of this without the encouragement of a very good friend I met through this site. We have a good-natured rivalry going in which we challenge each other to push ourselves on our bikes past where we’ve been so far. But more than that, it’s about setting goals and supporting each other in our attempts to reach them.

It’s easy to forget the “friend” part of this site’s name. But this place can be a great source for new friends if you want it to be. If there’s someone on this site you’ve been wanting to approach about becoming a friend but haven’t done so yet, I challenge you to do that today or this week. Sometime soon, before the opportunity slips away.

DirtyLilSecret61 55F

6/28/2005 9:39 am

Bicycle races are coming your way So forget all your duties oh yeah

Have a great time!


KajunKittyt4U 52F
81 posts
6/28/2005 10:33 am

Good luck with your bike rally. Good to see you are seeking a healthy lifestyle.

Hugs... Kitty.

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
6/28/2005 10:42 am

I've been thinking about riding my bike too.

me-to-me conversation:
Me- You should ride your bike today.
Me- Are you crazy?! It's too damned hot!

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M

6/29/2005 5:40 am

Thanks for the smiles and encouragement, everyone!

jayR, I've had that same conversation with myself many times [lol]. It helps tremendously that I've been getting up at sunlight to ride. We've been having temps in the 98-101 degree range lately. The rally starts at 8:00 a.m., and even at that early hour, in mid-July in Texas, it's going to be hot and humid as all get-out. I'm getting used to everything else, but I'm going to have to work on handling the heat and humidity.

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M

6/29/2005 7:36 am

Yes, I'm still yawning at eight a.m. But I wish this site wouldn't insist on sticking a little cartoon face in there to remind me.

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