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


  1. It might be a mild winter but it still looks pretty cold in there to me! Well done to all those brave people.

    Wouldn't it be great for you to have a shorter milder winter after last year's epic? Fingers crossed.

  2. From your lips to God's ear! Hoping for an early spring this year and a chance for early riding.