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!
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Sadly work also gets in the way of a steady routine...gotta pay the bills!
In fact work has been so busy that I've not had my lunch date with Joe the Awesome bike rider as both my friend and I have had schedules that have clashed. Shooting for next week.
As fast as the snow piled up it's nearly gone, birdies are tweeting in the mornings and the days are getting longer. It won't be long till outdoor riding.
Actually I took a peep outside with my bike today and cruised one time around the complex, it was a might bit too chilly with shorts and with the trainer tire on the rear wheel of the bike it made for one short trip. Trainer tires are not meant for pavement or outdoors and I didn't want to blow it out, but man it felt good to have wind in my face. I'm getting ansy for spring.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Now that riding the bike trainer is becoming a habit I'll start next week with a new twist in the routine - intervals. One of the local bike shops is holding winter classes on a variety of topics like
- introduction to spinning
- cycling and yoga
- bike repair and maintenance 101
At the spinning class they gave out a program for interval training, intervals are brief bursts of intense activity followed by a period of less intense activity. So you use a timer and follow the prescribed timed intervals. The result of training like this is to gain stamina and build endurance.
I'm about ready to switch it up a bit and ready to give this a go round. Might just help with some of the hills around here come spring time. Can't hurt.
Repair and maintenance class is coming up this month and I can't wait. I recieved a handy little all purpose tool kit for Christmas and now I can learn how to use it!
Friday, February 4, 2011
Amazing story about a gentleman who will be 90 tomorrow and has logged over 120,000 miles on his bike. What an inspiration! You can read his story in the link below. More amazing yet is that I have the opprotunity to meet this person. Turns out that he lives in a senior residence nearby and my friend is the executive director there and she invited me to lunch with them.
This is going to be great.