Saturday, May 31, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
After the hair appointment, I made a delivery to Biking Brady to drop off his new “green” lawn mower – a push mower without a motor (whatever you call those). Mrs. Biking Brady and I tried it out for fun, I’m sure I looked great in my up-do pushing around a mower that badly needs some WD40!
After supper I just had to get out and ride a little but I was losing daylight fast, so I hastily changed and got ready to ride. I went to put on my bike helmet and found that it is hard to wear a bike helmet with an up-do. This is probably why my mother’s generation didn’t ride bikes. But I didn’t have time to get the bobby pins out so I smashed on the helmet and rode for about 45 minutes sprinting most of the time.
When I took off my helmet, the hair do was still, for the most part, in place. I think it should hold up well for the wedding!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
It will be a busy day, leaving for the cemetery shortly. Then we're celebrating youngest daughter's birthday - I have a cake to decorate!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
I ended up riding 41 miles......I call it my twin peaks route; there are two major hills (at least for my area) Talmo Hill and Frog Creek Hill. It was a slow ride, my average speed this year is in the gutter but I don't really care because I'm enjoying myself!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Driving home from work I saw lots of bikers out; a group on LaneHogs who were going out to do the Bluff Road-Meckling loop, Melissa commuting home from work, and Dean on his recumbent headed back to Vermillion. It was neat to see so many bikers out and I knew them all!
Also today I received a packet of fun things all to do with biking; a Bike Friday catalogue, bike maps for the Lewis and Clark route and the Northern Tier route, and a new bike mirror. Sent by a friend from TDK who I visited with on this past Saturday's ride. It was like an early Christmas! My fantasy is that someday my husband and I will go on long road trips. He loves his little red Mustang convertible but won't put a bike rack on it. This is the one thing he won't compromise on, so I think I need a bike friday that will fold up and fit in the trunk. It's a nice dream but I won't be purchasing a bike friday anytime soon....but maybe someday!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Around 3pm I headed out for a ride, can't resist on a day like today, the weather doesn't get any better than this! I rode the Aebelskiver Ride route in reverse order: Irene, Viborg, Centerville, and back to Wakonda. A nice 42 mile loop. I was back on some of the roads I rode yesterday with the Biking Vikings (about 10 miles). Centerville had graduation today and there were some parties going on. I was thinking of all the yummy food I had last night at I-W's graduation parties. Would've like to have "crashed" a reception in Centerville, I was hungry by that time and hadn't yet gotten off the bike since I started, but crashing a party in spandex makes one a little to obvious :). Back home at 6:05pm.
Tonight oldest daughter and fiancee came by to return the pick up they borrowed. Four weeks from today we'll all be recuperating from the wedding! And a lot of my cycling buddies will be recuperating from Tour deKota! This summer is sure to go by fast.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
1. Bunyan's to Bob's (Vermillion to Martinsberg, Nebraska)
2. Siouxland Cyclist's Crofton ride (Sioux City to Crofton)
3. The inaugural Biking Viking Ride in Viborg
The Siouxland Cyclist's ride was ruled out quite early when I remembered we had obligations to attend some graduation receptions.
So I was committed to ride the Bunyan's to Bob's ride - but I changed my mind at the last minute and bailed. I personally didn't feel comfortable with the truck traffic diverted to the Newcastle bridge with the load limits on the Yankton bridge and the "milled" road surface and no shoulder on the Nebraska roads. I really did want to ride with the LaneHogs - just not on those roads. I'm looking forward to hearing all the stories from the ride, I'm sure they will become legendary very quickly!
So I rode my bike this morning to Viborg (12 miles) and met up with the Biking Vikings for their first ride and bike club meeting. We had a variety of bikes and bikers; road bikes, hybrids, recumbent, and even a Bike Friday. We rode the 10 miles to Centerville and had a great breakfast at the local cafe and talked about the club and bike rides in the area this summer. Coming back against the wind was tough, I turned off a few miles out of Centerville onto Frog Creek Road and headed back to Wakonda. Had a total of 37 miles, not too bad considering how windy it was (~22mph from the NW).
Since I worked in Viborg for 10 years it still feels a connection to the community and it's great to find people just to the north of me who share the passion for riding. I will always be a LaneHog - this group has truly inspired me and taught me so much (and they put up with all my whining!) but once in awhile I like to be a bicycling butterfly and mingle with another group!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
It was great to chat and get caught up with what is going on in everyone's lives. Laura, Cindy, Evie, and I made up the women of the group. I believe this was my first ride with Laura (who was riding tandem with her hubby Kevin). My first ride with Evie since I moved up to a road bike 2 years ago. And my first ride with Cindy this year. My second ride of the season with Craig and Kevin. May there be many more rides like this one! And by the way, the weather was absolutely perfect!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Next day we attended a couple of graduation parties in Vermillion for the daughters of a couple of our friends. Both graduated from dental hygiene and had a combined party with 4 other girls, all from the dental hygiene program. It was a great party and one I'll probably not forget as one of the other girls I didn't know, was proposed to! She said yes and the merriment continued.
We came back home and had a little rest and continued to another graduation party that evening.
That is when the fun began. Rather suddenly I became violently sick to my stomach (over and over and over agan). Luckilly we were home at the onset. My husband and I had eaten the same things all day and he felt fine, so I knew it wasn't food poisoning. It was severe enough that I went to the ER at midnight, my first trip to the ER in 29 years. I have the Noro virus, not fun stuff. After seven attempts, they got an IV in and I got a couple of liters of IV fluid and some meds for the nausea. Went back home and basically slept through Mother's Day but both daughters came by for a visit bearing gifts. I'm a lucky woman! This virus will subside and I'll be out riding soon!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Okay, it’s time for me to get organized so when I have time to ride I can get out the door and on the road quicker! Here are a few things I’m going to try to do:
1. Keep all bike gear in the same spot all the time so I’m not running around looking for it.
a. I do a fair job of this already; cycling clothing is all in 3 dresser drawers I took over when oldest daughter left home.
b. I seem to have the most problem with my gadgets; heart rate monitor and bike computer (sometimes I bring it in the house to record mileage and then forget where I left it).
c. Also, I tend to forget my gloves so I leave an extra pair in the garage on a shelf next to my bike.
2. Have under-the-seat bike bag stocked with essentials and emergency supplies and will replace when they are used:
a. Bike tube, CO2, tire lever, multi tool
b. Cliff bar, energy gels
c. Tissue in a baggie for cleaning sunglasses
e. LED taillight for when I get caught out at dusk
f. Clipped to the bag, my $5 Walmart radio, good company on solo rides
3. On the bike:
a. Halt dog spray in velcro pouch on bike
b. Cell phone holder. Which reminds me……keep cell phone charged!
c. Tire pump
That’s it for equipment, a few other things I need related to food and hydration:
1. Water – I like it cold, or at least like to start out that way. Put ice in Polar water bottle and store in freezer. Just need to add the water.
2. Electrolyte drink – I’ve been using powdered Gatorade but my daughter has got me started on the new Gatorade G2, less sugar and taste better. I picked up a couple of 8-packs of this and keep some in the refrigerator ready to go.
3. Keep some fresh fruit cut up and ready to eat before and after a ride. Also will stock some healthy granola bars (ones without high fructose corn syrup).
1. I vow to do this on rainy days when I’m not able to ride anyway! For me the only maintenance I really do myself is pump up the tires, clean the chain, and oil the chain. I like to think I’m contributing to keeping the local bike shop open by letting Rich take care of the rest.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
My daughter and I rode together and had a great ride but coming home was uphill and at least partly into the wind….guess we didn’t plan that very well! And didn’t it seem like the wind was blowing harder than 9 mph that the Underground Weather site was reporting?? It was the longest ride to date for both of us. The weather forecast looks decent for the rest of the week so hopefully more riding will be taking place!
On the ride we met a car we didn't reconize that crossed the lane headed towards us - around here if that occurs I figure the person knows me and is just plaing around. Which was the case again,this time it was my other daughter out cruising with the boyfriend in a classic car he restored. We all stopped and chatted a few minutes. Yep....meeting the boyfriend in my spandex, dorky glasses with mirror attached, neon jacket - he's bound to have nightmares.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Our oldest daughter and I do some riding together so that gives us hours to talk and bond. But I really enjoy the time spent with my baby too, we just do different activities together. Last weekend we took the youngest and her boyfriend out for supper. Somehow the conversation turned to beer and our favorites and the boyfriend said he really likes Summer Shandy. On our way home my husband commented that he couldn’t believe this guy likes Summer Shandy. I think my husband is under the impression that only people who wear spandex like Summer Shandy! My opinion is that the daughter’s boyfriend has good taste; he is after all dating my daughter and he likes Summer Shandy – what a guy, I'm liking him more and more!