A New Life

I’d like to change gears with today’s post since the last one wasn’t exactly all daisies and rainbows. But if I can throw this in, we all miss Cindy terribly and are still reeling from her passing. More later, but let’s get to this post.

Since I met my weight loss goal well over a year ago, cycling has become a regular part of my exercise routine. And as you probably know, I used to ride my bike to work about a year ago, only to be harassed day after day after day about it. And while I truly do enjoy the ride my Trek 7100 delivers, I had been in the market for something different for some time now.

Like a Trek mountain bike that I could thrash the shit out of since, well, my 7100 couldn’t possibly handle that kind of abuse.

So I began looking online and at my local bike shop for something that would suit my needs. And yeah, I found what I wanted alright and yeah, it was not quite within my budget. Bummer.

Then one day while I was…somewhere I can’t remember right now, Ann sends me a text. Turns out that she was at the local thrift shop and, knowing I was in the market for another bike, told me she had found one. The conversation went a little something like this:

Ann: found a bike at thrift shop

Me: is it any good?

Ann: its a trek and $99

Me: really? send me a pic


Me: not bad but its missing the crank! no thanks!

Ann: ok just checking. i didnt even notice that

Yes, this was exactly what I had been looking for only it was sort of broken and missing parts. There’d be no way in Hell I’d be willing to pay $100 for that dilapidated thing. Nuh-uh. No way.

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Life Is A Highway

Life Is A Highway, originally uploaded by aeromat.

This path will almost take me to beach. Freaking awesome. Plan on at least 10 miles today.

UPDATE: Part of the reason I went for a ride today was to clear my mind of what’s been going on with the job situation. Exercise aside, I just needed a few hours to myself to enjoy the wind in my face and forget about the reality of what happened on Tuesday.


GPS stats

Unfortunately, the wind was against me in both directions. But that’s okay because the ride was everything I needed at a time when I needed it most. Even with the wind whipping against me, as you can see by the image on the left, I managed to log just over 16 miles round trip. That which does not kill me…

For some real fun, click here to see the entire route. It doesn’t seem like much from space but man, as I got closer to the beach (where I decided to turn around), the breezes only got stronger and the ride got harder. Despite it all, I pushed on and wasn’t nearly as tired as I thought I would be when I finally got home–some 90 minutes after I left.

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