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!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Winter Has Arrived

The calendar pegged the arrival on the winter solstice but forgot to tell the weather.  We've been lucky and blessed with a very mild winter till now.  Temps are getting more in line with the calendar and we have snow on the ground again.  The forecast into next week brings back a bit more moderate temps but nothing that I see in the forecast indicates outdoor riding for me.  Once it gets below 40's F I find no pleasure in outdoor riding.  A walk or hike is ok in the cold and really can be invigorating, but riding with wind on your face is not my cup of tea. 

So it's onto the trainer for me.  Once again I have signed up for an indoor challenge and have made 9 hours of ride time my goal for January.  I'm on track to achieve or exceed that however it requires more motivation than outdoor riding.  Exercising in general gives that "glow" and the mood elevating rewards from physical activity help to motivate but gosh darn it that fun factor is missing in a big way!  No matter how long I ride for the view just dosen't change like it does when riding out of doors.  The saving grace about indoor riding is that it lets me hit the ground running when the weather turns in springtime.  There's little to no loss of endurance, your backside is saddle ready and your legs have kept tuned all winter.  Great rewards in and of themselves not to mention the physical conditioning benefits of heart health and weight control.

The calendar says it's trainer time and I hope by February to be looking forward to my time spent spinning along and going nowhere.  I wish I could read on the trainer but the body movements make that out of the question.  Time to look into some scenic DVD's.


  1. Fingers crossed that the winter won't drag on this year! Could you listen to audio books whilst on the trainer, perhaps, or are you more of a visual person?

  2. Good idea MBG and I might try that, something I assume I am good at is being distracted while pedaling. I tend to use my time on the bike daydreaming. Sceanery (yes I am a visual person) is important to me because it inspires that dream time. I get so lost in thought at times it's a wonder I don't really get lost!