Trek Women
August 26, 2007

"The Average Woman"

20070806121527867_0007_2 After I ordered my first bike, I thought I better start asking questions about how they ride bikes these days. After all it was back in the 1950's when I had my bike. My saving grace was that they still came with two wheels. I went to the Trek website for information. It was there that I read the story about Women Who Ride. I would be riding soon and they were not necessarily looking for professionals; Trek wanted the average woman; finally I qualified for something.  Although I felt oddly confident that I could win the contest, I also felt great that I had the gumption to enter at all. I told not a soul.

Come ride with me.

August 24, 2007

It Starts Here

7000wsd_celadon If you have read my initial story line, you will be aware of how my journey has progressed from No Energy, No Motivation, and No Hope. Every time I felt I couldn’t accomplish something, I tried to remember the well used adage “Baby Steps”. Every goal I achieved was made up of small victories such as walking one block. I try to remind myself there is really no rush or no hurry. I will say it didn’t happen overnight and I learned quite a lesson in patience. I can now walk for miles, run, as long as the knee is healthy, and my new discovery is the Bicycle.

It’s really very easy to get started and I found myself rolling down the road before I had time to think up excuses. I started asking the young kids at work questions about bicycles. They didn’t care that I was older and they didn’t say “What are you thinking”. They politely answered my questions, and that gave me the courage to walk into a bike shop and ask more questions.

Come ride with me.

August 21, 2007

"Two Wheeler Dealer"


Trek has shipped me a bike they would like me to try.  (Thank you very much)   This is from the Fitness Series model number 7.2.  The bike will take me out on asphalt paths and allow me to go for longer distances. 

Here is a picture of my new best friend at the local bicycle dealer.  Meet Tim Peiffer from the "Two Wheeler Dealer".  They now call me by name and they have welcomed me into the local bicycle community centered around their Trek Dealership.  Thanks so much to Tim and his crew for the help they have given me to get this project started.  They have a group that rides weekly, and when I can get a bit stronger and more confident about keeping up, I just might join them.  They already invited me and I thought that was great.  As we progress, I will feature more info about Tim and his bicycle family. 

And, hold your breath for pics of Barbies new sister.  I have not yet named her. 

Come ride with me

August 21, 2007

"You Will Be With Me"


As I start this new chapter, (I have lost track of which chapter number it is), I need to psyche myself up about doing this alone.  Most of my adventures will be close to home and uncovering simple pleasures.  It is what is is, and this is what I have to work with.  But you know what, it reminds me that adventures are what you make of them and it also reminds me of something I want to take care of right now.   

I want to dedicate my efforts here to a man that taught me about living life to the fullest, dealing with one day at a time, and most of all Courage. If it wasn't for real men like Cliff Westrope and the clinical trials that he endured, many people would not be surviving their Cancer battles today. Thank you Sweetie for being so brave.  I promise to take care of myself and help with Cancer Awareness in every way I can. 

As I forge my way along the bike paths, you will be with me.

August 19, 2007

Two Butterflies


I felt as I start this journey that I wanted to remind myself about some of the roads I have traveled.

When my sister and I were exploring Seattle, I decided that it was time to look into the possibility of a tattoo. I had been giving the idea quite a bit of thought for some time, but didn’t share it with anyone.  After all, I was recently widowed and all of my friends and family were watching me very closely. They assumed that any abnormal behavior was probably a call for help or psychiatric care. I wanted to have a constant reminder of where I was, where I was going and validation to address fears, and be open to new experiences. 


So I bravely walked up to “HUBBA” the artist and explained my design idea. He agreed that my choice would work and before I could wink, two Butterflies perched on a twig will forever remind me of the transformation of two souls. One beautiful butterfly passing into eternity the other experiencing a metamorphosis that would have exciting new adventures to discover on this earth. 

Thanks Hubba, Seattle Tattoo Emporium.

Come ride with me.

August 17, 2007

The "Old Rose"


Friends say to me that I have re-invented myself, or that they have watched me face my fears head on. At the time that I was processing through each new occasion, I didn’t think about it in that way. I just knew that I wasn’t finished yet. When it came right down to it, I wanted to take more experiences with me. I wanted my grandchildren to brag about Grand Marie (aptly named by grandson William). I wanted people to say fun things about me when I was gone.

I wanted to exit like the "Old Rose" in the movie Titanic.  Remember all the pictures on her nightstand that showed her adventures. Maybe some day I’ll be standing at the top of some mountain. I’ll never be tossing a diamond away, (I’m not stupid) but I might be holding a martini.

Come ride with me.

August 15, 2007

No Rocking Chairs Allowed


After becoming a widow I didn’t think I would be eager about anything ever again. Everything was an effort and I literally didn’t have the passion to do anything. I remember one of my friends saying, "I should introduce you to my mother, maybe you could keep each other company." Yikes, get me outta here!

The only rocking chairs allowed are those that display a lovely "throw" or perhaps a home for a trailing ivy.  That is until they design one that has pedals.

I won't settle for what is expected.  I vow to explore and try new things.  That's why I am learning this new sport to prove that I can.  I may get discouraged,  I may get bruised, and I may get lonely.  But not for long baby, somebody is going to notice.

Come ride with me.

August 10, 2007

The Barbie Bike


I am going to take you back just a bit when I took delivery on my bike. March 24, 2007; yup, I am a beginner. A friend of mine took care of the bike assembly for me. All I had to do was hop on and start to ride.

I was a little apprehensive how I would do, but I jumped on and held my breath for about 10 seconds. Like they say, it all comes back to you. I felt like a little kid again. It didn't take long to see what everyone gets out of the sport.  This is a picture of "The Barbie Bike".  I thought she looked like the bike Barbie would have designed, so that is what I officially named her.  And, just like Barbie, she is actually a tough little cookie.  This is my Trek 7000 WSD Hybrid. 

Come ride with me.