Trek Women
September 30, 2008

"Something Every Day"

Bike_riding_065 I have been working very hard doing some form of "Knee" Re-hab every day.  I am in the pool 5 days a week, Physical Therapy 2 days, and trying to be on my bicycle trainer every day for a few minutes.  Yes, I get very tired and I am also fighting back a rather fragile state of mind.  Today I am on the phone with my health insurance company trying to sort out bills and at any given time I feel pretty overwhelmed with the entire process. 

My mission today is trying to just get through one thing at a time.  I must do this, get better and stronger so I can get back to where I was.  Life is always going to hand us setbacks and not only do we have to be patient and work through them, but come away with a lesson learned.  In my case I must learn that this is a message to honor good health, respect and nurture the process every day.  As I get older I want to be that lady that is active, happy and thriving. 

I want to take this time to thank my friends and family that have been so supportive.  As much as I hate to ever ask for help, they have been there for me and when your life relationships are in a good place, we can manage to get through everything else.  What's next; I am trying to get through the week, get in another 5 days in the pool and maybe feel good enough to get out and visit this weekend.  It's so important to stay connected to keep our spirits up.

Come Ride With Me.   

   

September 22, 2008

"Along The Way"

Images29 Along the way I was putting in quite a few miles every weekend and I was even making trips to the park to practice the hills.  All the people that were encouraging me were saying, "You just have to keep riding as much as possible".  OK, so that's what I did while in the back of my mind I thought I am in pretty good physical condition, but I am really not confident at all that I can complete this challenge.  Oh well, everyone else seems to be able to do what they set out to do, so it's got to be about positive thinking.  I am going to keep you hanging on this one..

Meanwhile, one of my embarrassing moments was when I was running one of the Revlon Walk Run for Cancer.  Again, stupid decision because I thought I can heal myself... About one third through this race, "SNAP" I could hear the sound of my knee again, resonating through the bands and crowds of singing people.  Of course it had to happen in front of the ABC News bandstand.  So, at this point I was hobbling past all the celebrities, and had long lost my daughter ( I told her to go ahead and finish her own race).    As I finish what seemed to be the longest race of the year, I tried to remember what my sister always says when we are in an embarrassing situation. "What do you care, you are never going to see these people again anyway." This becomes one of my favorite mantras for embarrassing moments.

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September 18, 2008

"Humpty Dumpty"

Images85 It's difficult to say what motivates people.  We all have different things that we tune into that either make us happy or sometimes it is what makes someone else happy that motivates us.  When I was running and learning to ride a bike I was motivated by good health and I didn't want to be perceived as the "Wimp".  Not only did I want people to know that I could take care of myself, but I was hoping it would be contagious and I could bring others along on my journey.  That being said I accomplished a few races and brought home my symbolic medals.  Along the way I hurt my knee and thought I could lay off any workouts for two or three weeks in order to bring it back to original condition.    Actually, the only time that it wasn't hurting was when I wasn't using it.  Couple this with a workplace that required a dozen trips up and down the stairs everyday, I was losing my battle.

I started Ultra Sound therapy and thought I now had the real solution.  As I made my way through the year with my various challenges, I always came off the ride hurting, then resting, then building back up.  Most of the time I wasn't talking too much about my plague because I felt people would perceive it as a convenient excuse why I never did too well or ever seemed to get much stronger.  Don't get me wrong, I was really getting good at interval training, on my Saris Trainer, but when I got out on the road, there were always so many hills and they were killing me.  I did learn that I could participate on the bicycle but that running was all but futile.

What did I learn along they way?  That these injuries just don't get better by themselves.  All the positive "Vibrations" will not put Humpty Dumpty back together again.  AND the injury just keeps getting worse.    I still wasn't ready to make a decision, I wanted to ride in the LA Challenge.

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September 17, 2008

"The Plague"

Images81 You have probably all heard me refer to my bum knee one time or another in the course of the past few months.     Part of my mini vacation retreat was to decide what I wanted to do about the nagging problem I will now call the "Plague".  While the actual injury is not the issue, I thought I would write a series of articles to give you some sincere retrospect about why I made the decision to go forward with the the whole repair process.  Let me just say right now that I am glad that I participated in all the bicycle events and activities during the year because I might be entering a new phase of a gentler type of bicycling in the future.  The reason I think this is all important to me is because...

  1. I'm not yet done with my bicycle career, that's why they call it a career.
  2. I wasn't about to use this as an excuse to become a couch potato
  3. I didn't want to be left out of the Trek program, "Women Who Ride"
  4. I felt I still had information to contribute
  5. I couldn't afford to stop exercising
  6. The older I get the more I need to keep moving.
  7. There are many more experiences and stories to find to write about.
  8. I now fit into the Biggest demographic of bicycle riders out there in two wheeler land, "Casual"

Stay tuned as I formulate this experience for you all to read.  I have never felt badly about sharing my learning experience with all of you.  It doesn't make me feel inferior at all, on the contrary It makes me feel like I am doing someone a service.   Wait until you hear some of my most embarrasing moments.  Thanks for hanging in there with me.

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September 11, 2008

"9-11"

Bike_riding_151 When I traveled to Clovis California to visit my friend Adrew Scherf in July, Andrew and his wife took me to his company property to see something very special.   "Pelco", the largest security camera manufacturer in the United States, has developed and created a permanent memorial and museum in memory of the victims of September 11, 2001.  The Dedication Ceremony included over one thousand New York City Firefighters, NYPD Officers, and Port Authority Police Officers who traveled across the country to take part.  ABC TV covered the broadcast across the country via satellite.  Four hundred and three empty chairs, each with a nameplate and single yellow rose sat silently in honor of the fallen heroes. 

Each year, Pelco and the community come together to honor the brave men and women who sacrificed so much in 2001 with an annual September 11 Observance.  A touching tribute that was  made more sincere by deeding the land that is the memorial setting, to the City of New York.   

Take a moment today to be grateful that we can ride our bikes, talke a long walk with our families, and hike our beautiful paths in a free America.  Thank you Andrew for sharing this special place with me.

We must never forget.

September 9, 2008

"Networking" Women Who Ride

Images27 This week I have been lucky to be involved with the pre-roll out functions for yet another piece of the Trek Women Who Ride Program.  Trek has been working diligently in designing a fabulous network  in which we can all connect together.  If you have not already done so, this would be a great time to get signed up for the Women Who Ride Club.

I don't want to give away all the details because it is so special, and the reveal needs to be left to all the talented Imaginers that dreamed this all up. 

I know a couple of weeks ago, I had reported that I had temporarily run out of goals.  I think it is safe to say that this involvement has pushed me to yet another commitment level not only to myself but to my bicycles, my health and all of you readers as my friends.   If you are looking for a way to put your finger on information and feel like you have tons of support and involvement, you won't have to hold your breath too much longer.  Am I painting a mysterious picture?

Just know this, I can't wait for this program to get started.  As soon as we finish up some specific tests and agree that everything is working well, it will be turned on for all the Women Who Ride members. Then,,,

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September 8, 2008

"The Bunnies"

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For those of you who can never get to the reader comments, I thought you would like to read a typical comment from one of my lovely readers.  These comments are my reward every day.

Hi Marie,
I was looking through the Trek web sites to investigate buying a road bike and came upon your blog.  It was very amazing and fun to read, I have been a casual rider for several year, but now the kids are grown and I was looking for an interesting and fun hobby.  It had to be a hobby that was fitness oriented so I was looking to buy a road bike and learn more about cycling.  I would love to do the breast cancer rides in my area so I might start with that in October.  I live in New Jersey so there are a few rides that will take place.  I want to also join a club so I can find mentors to show me the ropes about cycling.  I am also 60 years old and find that your stories and adventures really inspired me so thank you.   What kind of bike do you have now? I have a mountain bike but I want a road bike too.  Well thanks again   Bunny

Hi Bunny, My family nickname is Bunny also, because I was born on Easter weekend. I am so glad that you enjoy the stories; they are all heartfelt, salt and peppered with a little blood, much sweat and quite a few tears. I also have a Mountain Bike and have learned that there are defined purposes for all the different bikes. The charity rides (I feel) are easier on the rode bike, and the Mountain bike, so much fun on the dirt paths. Joining the Trek Women Who Ride Club should be a must for you.  This website is going to be very interactive and a great resource for local support in your area.  That was the most important issue for me as I began, looking for support.  Keep me posted on your progress.  Marie

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