Sunday, August 11, 2013

Lucky Girl

Hi Friends!!

I've been gone for a while, but now I'm back!  Life is oh so good.  I went on a lovely bike ride today with my intended and all I could think the whole time was how lucky I am.
  • I have my health, 
  • a great job, 
  • a wonderful son and 
  • a fiance who is just as crazy and adventurous as I am. 
  •  Not to mention the fact that we have the W & OD trail just minutes from our house. 
Joseph and I have been riding our bikes pretty regularly since June 21st.  Not every day, but many days for sure.  Most days we have been right on our street which happens to be about a mile and a half circle that is mostly flat.  I have built up my endurance until six miles feels like nothing.  Then I did some research and realized that if I did 12 miles a day I would lose these extra 30 pounds I have been carrying around at the rate of one pound a week instead of one pound a month.  So today, we drove the car over to the trail and rode 13 miles!!!  Let me just say I AM PROUD!!  I feel great.  I'm tired, but only in the good way.  We finished up at the barbeque restaurant that was smart enough to open right on the trail and had a quick light lunch before we got back in the car.  I burned a total of 557 calories.  It really made me wish we lived right on the trail so that we could always ride the trail.

The biggest difference between the trail and the streets around our neighborhood is the traffic and I don't just mean the fact that we don't have to contend with motorized traffic.  Good Heavens!!  That trail is like a bike superhighway!  Those bikers were going SOOOO fast!  It was a little disheartening to have people whizzing by me as though I was standing still.  But I was going the perfect speed for me, so I am determined not to let the bastards get me down.

A few weeks ago Joseph and I were staying in our hometown for our 30th high school reunion, we decided to ride all around town.  Luckily it's a relatively small town and the "downtown" area is pretty flat (although my mother's house is on a really steep hill and that's where the rig was parked), but anyway we zigzagged all through town and saw lots of lovely houses and lawns that we had never seen before.  We also saw all sorts of people, people working in their lawns, or running their errands.  It was about 9 am on a gorgeous Saturday morning and I just couldn't help myself.  Everyone we saw prompted me to sing out GOOD MORNING!!  Well, let me just tell you that small town or not, we startled a LOT of people.  I couldn't wipe the grin off my face.  I'm sure some of those folks are still wondering if they knew us.

Have a great Sunday and my app recommendation for today is MapMyRide!!!  I love it!!

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