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, July 10, 2013

Numbers Tell The Story

I really believe my slump and lack of interest stemmed from over training.  I didn't think so at first but a lay off from riding for nearly a week and a steady but low mileage comeback has improved two things 1) my riding and 2) my mood and desire.    In the first week of June I posted monthly stats from May.  Below are the stats from June.  They indicate a decline in mileage from the previous month, but I was away for several days on a short get-away and we had a bout of rainy weather.  From about the middle of May till the end of June is when the bulk of the over training went on and it didn't show up until I hit a wall.  Click here for a link to May totals.

When I read back over my notes in my biking log I see that early on in the season I pushed myself  and the results were improved performance, the problem was that keeping up that pace and intensity for nearly two months was not a good thing.  Live and learn I guess, by now you'd think I'd know better. What I can say for sure is that in the last two days I'm feeling great on rides, happy to be out on my bike and not dog tired or feeling like I'm pushing myself.  It feels good.

Last Friday I had nice new set of tires put on my bike, the originals had a little over 1,600 miles on them and I was flatting the front tire twice in a short time.  At the end of last years riding season I thought that I might be needing them and the shop where I bought the bike said they were still okay.  When I took it in for a minor adjustment over the weekend they agreed, the tires had seen better days.

June Stats
      Miles              Time                    
6/3/13 Mon 22.73 171
6/4/13 Tue 10.29 77
6/5/13 Wed 0 0
6/6/13 Thu 0 0
6/7/13 Fri 8.29 122
6/8/13 Sat 1.32 8
6/9/13 Sun 10.55 76
Total 53.18 6.67
6/10/13 Mon 0 0
6/11/13 Tue 11.27 82
6/12/13 Wed 0 0
6/13/13 Thu 0 0
6/14/13 Fri 0 0
6/15/13 Sat 0 0
6/16/13 Sun 0 0
Total 11.27 1.37
6/17/13 Mon 10.58 117
6/18/13 Tue 8.95 71
6/19/13 Wed 3.72 32
6/20/13 Thu 25.59 180
6/21/13 Fri 0 0
6/22/13 Sat 0 0
6/23/13 Sun 0 0
Total 48.84 6.67
6/24/13 Mon 9.59 79
6/25/13 Tue 0 0
6/26/13 Wed 16.25 121
6/27/13 Thu 12.78 93
6/28/13 Fri 5.65 54
6/29/13 Sat 2.18 18
6/30/13 Sun 8.08 62
Total 54.53 7.12


  1. I'm sure you'll get better, Deb. Hang in there!

    1. Thanks for the encouragement Jean, from what you post on T.E. and your blogs you are an accomplished rider.