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 11, 2011

Practice Hill Run

What you don't find out your own back door? A mere mile and a half from home I found a short route to practice hill climbing on. Lately I have spent a great deal of time traveling the dirt back roads around my community, I had a route to a County Park that I followed several times. Often I wondered what lie ahead if I continued on the road I was on and didn't turn to take the road to the park. On Monday I decided to explore it.  I found a set of four rolling hills.  Whee!  In a short span of just over a mile and a half I had the opportunity to practice hills and momentum.  I had so much fun I went back on Wednesday and did them again.  These are going to be part of my routine and I hope to tackle that route once a week for climbing practice.  They are clustered together, steep and have very short pinnacle tops.  According to MapMyRide of just this short section there is one catagory 5 climb in it.

It's a great workout plus it's a lot of fun too.  Gets a bit scary on the downhills with dirt roads but thrilling too.  Speeds are just above 25 mph and with gravel, rocks and very limited sight distance it does get hairy!   It's also a beautiful ride with a very thick tree canopy overhead that keeps you in the shade, portions are like being in a deep forest.  Slightly spooky, very cool. 

If I manage to keep this into a weekly routine I bet I get stronger pretty quick.

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