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, August 5, 2010

Day Thirteen

8-5-2010 6 miles and one of the most challenging rides yet. Some significant inclines and hills, streets with higher speed traffic and a very challenging path through the woods. There is no road that goes all the way around the lake but you can get around it in a convoluted way by car and a more "interesting" path by foot or bike.

A lot of picking my way around, back-tracking and some dense overgrowth with big blow downs had me climbing over blow downs that were nearly as tall as me. I had the additional pleasure of lifting my bike over all that at dusk with thousands of hungry mosquitoes making a feast out of me. I would have loved to stop and take a picture of it but it was enough to keep the hungry critters out of my eyes.

I doubt that I would ride all the way around again because the less arduous path takes me on a road that has cars traveling at higher speeds and it is dense with vegetation and tight curves and that makes it hard for drivers speeding around curves to come upon a biker. I'll stick to rides up the south and east shore or to mix it up to the west and north shore.

Photo above was from a brief pause up the north shore. And I guess a ride would not be complete without a little crash. So far, I've not broken anything yet on me or the bike.
This gives me 24.5 for the week - not bad for week two.

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