It's a new year and time once again to give a new look to this blog. New graphics and colors. Same bike writer!

This blog is created not only to track my own progress on my biking journey but it is intended to also assist others who have either osteo or rheumatoid arthritis or both like I do. I hope as you read about the progress I have made that it gives you inspiration and hope that you can overcome the dibilitating effects of these conditions.

If your doctor agrees that you should be capable of expanding your limits read on and don't be afraid, just listen to your body and give it challenges. Biking is a great non-impact form of exercise and greatly enhances flexibility and range of motion.

It's not a substitute for Doctor visits, taking your meds or otherwise getting off your health plan but it auguments what your Doctor does for you and can give you a better quality of life. Go for it!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Day Seven

Day Seven 7-29-10 Nice 3 mile spin at lunch time, love the smell of fresh cut grass. The heat wave and humidity burst and we have very pleasant temps, it's a beautiful day for a ride. It's so nice I'll probably go for another short jaunt after work.

I saw my little baby frog again last night, I first spotted him on the side light windows next to my entrance door last week and thought it was the biggest spider I've ever seen. On closer inspection this spider had arms and legs and little webbed toes. He was clinging to the window glass and from inside you could see his creamy underside belly. A little bigger than a nickle he's cuter than a bugs ear. I think he's pretty smart for a little guy because he parks near the glass when the light is on inside and as little wingy things get attracted to the light he has easy pickings for dinner.

After work ride took me from Main to North Main and along the shores of Whitmore Lake, it's a pretty ride up to the boat launch. Stopped along the way to chat with folks and participate in the National Anthem at the beginning of the ski show. Summer's in full swing in this beautiful lakeside community. Round Trip was 3 miles giving me a daily total of 6 miles and a weekly total of a whopping whole 22.7 miles.

With the new (or rekindled old) hobby I would expect that total to tail off a bit before a weekly riding routine establishes itself. Just like exploring my nearby neighborhood, I'll guess I'll see where this takes me and how it evolves after the shine wears a bit.

Observations are that the days are shortening and sights, sounds and smells are so different when you are this close to the road. As I pass by now familiar individual homes the smell of the different flowers and various mulches is getting familiar along Main Street. I am amazed at the volume of traffic on a summer evening and how many people are out and about.

I'm still icing after rides but how long I spend doing it is getting less and less. I am really happy with the increased flexibility, especially in my toes and how the icing takes away the stiffness and pain. I can see that I'm gaining skill and confidence as today's route took me through some tricky intersections and called for complicated navigation.

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