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, February 29, 2012

Leap Day in Leap Year

Here we are with a February 29th on the calendar.  There is a link to interesting facts and tibits about Leap Year to be found here.

March is just hours away and with it I expect that we will have some outdoor bicycling weather this month.  This coming Friday we should see temps in the mid 50's but thunderstorms are on tap also for that day so it'll be a wait and see.  I've had some time to ride the indoor trainer this winter but not as much as I would have liked to.  Remarkable is that there were outdoor riding opportunities in both January and February.  It's been an extraoridnary winter in Michigan.

Eskimo Costumed Chilly Dipper
Normally we have a couple of big winter events with an ice fishing tournament and ice hockey on the lake but neither event could take place this year due to lack of safe ice.  We had just enough ice for our Kiwanis Club to hold their 4th annual Chilly Dip, wherein incredibly brave people jump into the icy waters of Whitmore Lake.  A couple of photos are included.  More fun yet is that those choosing to dip do it in costume!  Our Chilly Dip took place on Saturday February 18th and with help from the Washtenaw County Sheriff Dive Team it was a safe event.  Too bad the onlookers had to watch from shore just a few yards away as the ice would not support a crowd.  Yours truly wore a PFD (personal flotation device just in case) while taking the "official" photos for the club. As mild as winter has been as bad luck for the dippers would have it, it was one of our coldest and windy days all winter.
Bridal Dipper

Some of the Kiwanis Crew

Yours truly all bundled up

Monday, February 6, 2012

Taking Advantage Of Continued Mild Weather

I got outside after work for a nice little ride around town.  Just over 6 miles and out for 44 minuets in some brisk and refreshing weather.  We had abundant sunshine and mild weather all day.  I couldn't get out till after 5 o'clock but there was plenty of nice daylight left.  I had to take advantage for the rest of the week the bottom is supposed to fall out and temps will be returning to more normal like winter weather.  Spring is just around the corner however and I can't wait!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

February 4th Outdoor Riding

I had a lovely and invigorating ride today, up one side of the lake and down the other.  It was great to be out in the sunshine and mild temps.  We are having the most interesting and unusual winter, not much snow, very warm and mild temperatures and a lake that can't make up it's mind about freezing over. 

A few weeks ago it formed a skin from shore to shore but each time there appears to be some thickening of the ice we get rain or sunshine and warm temps.  It's frozen over, but I wouldn't walk out on it, what little ice we have is rotten and unsafe.

Our family celebrated the 50th wedding anniversary of my Sister Elaine and her Husband Bob.  After the special service at church this morning we enjoyed a nice family dinner together.  Families are great!
The Happy Couple!

Our Family