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!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Heat Wave & the Joy of Riding, an Unlikely Combo

Oh boy we are in the midst of a mini heat wave.  The last two days have temps soaring into the upper 90's with heat indexes well over a 100.  I pretty much chalked up "no riding" but was surprised when going outside and away from the AC to water flowers in the evening that the horrendous hot day time temps dipped at bit.  With the sun low in the sky the temptation to ride was there and I quick as a bunny hopped on my bike for a little ride around town.  Short little jaunts of a few miles, but enough to nearly satisfy the crave to ride.  It's amazing how addictive this hobby or sport can be.  Methinks it's the rush of endorphins one gets from physical exercise that beckons.   Whatever the lure, I felt strong tonight.  I think it is, in part,  the after glow from the weekend of pushing limits.  Short quick recovery rides this week seem to be very rewarding, I return home more energized than tired, and that my friend is what the joy of bike riding means to me!

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