Trek Women
February 12, 2009

"Measuring February"

You might have thought I was going to discuss my measurements, no way! 


Our life should not be measured by length, but rather in the joy we have experienced. 

I plan to seize the day,,,don't be left behind


February 9, 2009

"Take A Vow on the 14th"

Livestrong[1] I don't know about anyone else but I am trying something new.  If you live as long as I have, there is just about some sort of sad history with every month of the year.  As time passes on it seems I found myself saying.  Well, in January this horrible thing happened to me, then there was February, March, April, well you get the picture.   I am sick and tired of focusing on everything negative and I think it just keeps bringing more negative my way.  So I have a new plan, and it's never too late to devise one.

Since by way of burial, Valentines Day marks the day my late husband crossed over, I am now using this as a tribute to his positive personality.  From now on I am going to make something nice happen for me on all these dark days from out of my past.  I don't care if I find carrots on sale at the supermarket, I will try to remember the day for something positive.  If we all work together, this turn around could effect / touch all of us in a significant way. (six degrees of separation)

We have pouring rain here again today so I won't ride the bike, but I can find plenty of other things to raise my spirit.  Maybe I'll call a friend that needs a boost.  If  any of you have experienced this, let me know how you would turn your world around.

Come Ride With Me


December 3, 2008


Holiday mtg 009 It's that time of year again, time for our company Holiday Party which is almost like a class reunion.  Once again I am camped out at the hotel, working on numerous projects in preparation for the banquet as well as sales meetings.  I won't have time this year to take a ride on the famous Balboa Island, but I am looking forward to some rides with my sister when she come to town to visit during the holidays.  She keeps her Trek Lime lite at my house and I never ride it because it's her special bike.

Times are tough right now with our ailing economy, but it prompts me to suggest something different.  Instead of buy, buy buy, how about creating a new tradition with your family.  Weather permitting of course, why not schedule a Christmas morning bike ride, or a ride sometime during the season.  The kids will remember something you all did together before they ever remember a purchased toy, or we would like to think so...Arrange to ride to a friends house and if they are a real good friend, they will have hot chocolate waiting for your arrival, then you can offer to reciprocate.

This is a perfect time to create some new thinking and bring back some simpler times. Give it a try.

Come Ride With Me 

November 6, 2008

"Body Mind and Spirit" 3

G glass 5 Today I want to speak about the power of our inner "Spirit".  I could talk to you all week long about the Spirit within us; and it may be more logical to say the "Spirits" with us.  This I know for sure that my spirit has led me down the path that I travel today.  It inspires AND drives  me.  Actually it is happening to all of us every day.  The spirit keeps us going and gives us courage to face each day.

Here is what I work on all day long, every single day. I thought I knew everything about three years ago.  I thought that there couldn't be another experience in my life that I could learn from.  Well along comes a whole new group of friends into my life, actually every day I meet someone I can learn about and from.  So every day and all day long, as I was saying, I seem to analyze every thought and word that comes across my mind.  I try to make adjustments so that my thoughts are always positive and all vibrations that I send back out are positive.  I try to direct my words to those that I am speaking to and with, and I try to be a better listener.  I don't know how much of this is working but some of it must be because I don't seem to dwell on the negative as much as I try to see things as others want me to.  

My point is, we need to always work on the development of our inner self, and find a way to do that in a way that works best for you.  It's an ongoing process but it sure feels good and something else; it starts happening automatically without very much effort at all.  Don;t ignore yourself, listen, and learn because your are your best teacher.  So for now. this is my little lecture about Body, Mind and Spirit, all of which together is what you are made of.  Enjoy.....

Come Ride With Me.  

November 4, 2008

"Body, Mind and Spirit" 2

Images[3] Today I would like to send some thoughts your way about "The Mind".  We all know just how powerful the mind can be as we have seen in demonstrated over and over.  When I was talking with my son in law recently, we were discussing the concept of feeling younger than our actual age.   The idea that I could actually have this conversation with a son in law, and we were relating on the same level , actually shows you how the years have flown by.  

The point he was trying to make was being "Young Minded"  When you are 10, young minded can mean that you have imagination.  When you are 30 it can mean playing a silly game with small children.  When you are in your 50's and beyond, it can mean trying something new.  Now is your chance, for those of you that have always wanted to try something new but always had an excuse or something else was holding you back.  This is the perfect time to take up a new interest.  It will give you something to talk about at the holiday parties, and something to add to your wish list.  When I ride my bike I imagine that it looks like the picture above.  FABULOUS 

Let me just take this time to relate to you how great bicycling fits into this plan.    There are bicycles that are designed to your specific body type and needs, (Go back into the Trek website and look into the Women Specific Design line of gear).  You can take a vacation ride, path rides and neighborhood rides.  It's great for your health and could be fantastic for your social life.  By the way, every doctor I ever speak to recommends the bicycle for the mature citizen.  There is no impact and the movement is good for all your aching or non aching joints.    Let you Mind run wild and never underestimate what you can accomplish.

Come Ride With Me. 

November 2, 2008

"Body, Mind and Spirit"

Thumbnail[7] As I am turning a corner of sorts with regard to my bicycle goals, I was reflecting on how to get my thoughts together so I might share them with you.  Today I have a few things to say about The "Body".

As you might have read I recently underwent some knee surgery which I wanted to do, so I would be able to continue my riding.  This has taken somewhat of a bigger bite from life than I was expecting.  Yeah, Yeah, people tell me, "Well Marie you ARE almost 62 and it takes longer to heal than it would have if you were '20' years younger"   I have also heard things like "You might as well count on three months before you get back to where you were".  Then there are the people at the other end of the spectrum that cannot understand why I would still have any lingering limitations.  May I just add that the comments that I have received with regard to my limitations have all been from men. 

Everyone thinks they have all the answers.  But need I say that most women are built differently than men.  We have wide hips to bare those children and there is a whole different set of logistics when it comes to our carriage.  I just wanted to reinforce this thought.  No matter what the circumstances are that you are experiencing, listen to your own intuition.  Heal, recuperate, rehab, all at your own speed and get there when you get there.  These are the comments from the people that I have been listening to.  I suggest that everyone heals differently; it's not a race.  The race will come later when you are completed healed.

Whether you are starting out with your first bicycle ride, rehabbing an injury or just trying to experience something new; take your time, keep your own pace and listen to your heart.   

Come Ride With Me   

October 1, 2008

"Celebrate Pink Hope"

Bike_riding_082 October 1st is the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness month.  You will be reminded just about every day because of the profound message that is circulating all during month.  We have made so much progress and millions upon millions of dollars have been raised to fight the battle.  Let's take the time to celebrate the progress that has been made, and the lives that have been spared.  We have much work to be done so don't forget to make some sort of a contribution to the cause that will make you feel that you have made a difference too.

Trek sponsors a nationwide bicycle ride that you can participate in and all it takes is a call to your local Trek dealer or a quick look on the Trek website.   I think all the Women Who Ride participated last year and it was a big success. 

This year I need to be a little creative, because I am not quite there yet with my knee healing in order to participate in an organized ride.  I will do something and it doesn't take too much for me to get attention on my "Pink" Little girl twin bike.  Be thinking about how you will make a difference.  If you are doing something fun that you would like to share, let me know, I'll be glad to publish your entry.

Come Ride With Me 

August 14, 2008

"I'm Backed Up"

IBike_riding_166_2  have a closet full of stories I want to share with you as well as introducing you to more of my new friends.  The Trek dealer show is going on this week and I miss being there with the Women Who Ride.  Things just didn't work out for all of us to attend so those of us who are house bound are focusing on the work at hand in the neighborhood, and remembering that it is more important to be out there writing so those that want to read about our daily perils won't be disappointed.    (My picture is from the LA Challenge in San Jose 2008; That's my friend Andrew Scherf in the background)  It has been a year now since I have been pouring out my heart to you all.  I want to thank you all for your tremendous responses and support.  I have made so many new pen pals that I promise to stay in touch with for as long as you all write back to me.  I have learned that we are really all so closely connected and that we need to nurture our spirit by connecting with people every day.  It fills your heart with something that you cannot buy at the neighborhood supermarket.    

Someday there might be a new Women Who Ride team but I hope you all never forget the First, just as we remember the first "Big Brother" cast.  I'm certainly not saying Good By, just getting a little sentimental about another anniversary to note.  So, I thought this would be your opportunity to ask questions about the program, about me, about any of the friends I have written about, or ANYTHING I might have left unanswered.  I am an open book any always give an honest answer.  Now is your chance.  I'll answer it all.

Come Ride With Me. 


August 1, 2008

"Do You Remember Me?"

Lisa_speakman I have more stories to tell but I couldn't wait another minute to share this experience.  While we were all taking our places in Mershon Auditorium (Ohio State Campus) for the closing Summit session, another young woman came up to me and said, "Do you remember me"?  I looked at her for a moment and said, after a long pause, are you the lady that was riding ahead of me in the LA Challenge in San Jose, the lady that was riding in memory of her Mother?   She said "YES, that's me!!!".  Refer to my entry "Post Script"  7-17-08.

I began to cry and told her how worried I was about her.  I told her that I created a whole blog entry about my experience with meeting her.  You know what she told me, she also reads my blog but didn't know that was me on the road.  Even more exciting, she lives in Tustin California, maybe 25 miles from my home.  By the way she finished her goal.  By this time, I am walking on air and just feel that all my experiences are falling into place with my life. 

This is Lisa Speakman and she too is a LIVESTRONG Bicycle Riding Army Leader.   When I departed for Ohio I knew I was going to find the bicycle riders, I just didn't know it would be so meaningful.  Once again, Lisa and I planned to stay in touch to compare strategies and bicycle rides in the future.  Wasn't this absolutely bizarre that I would run into this gal for a second time?  No, it was just meant to be.

Come Ride With Me.


July 22, 2008

"Just a Little Fun"

      Images61                                          6 Phases of a Project




Search for the Guilty

Punishment of the Innocent

Praise and Honors for the Non Participants

Ever think how the above applies to everything? 

  • Sports
  • Cooking
  • Wallpapering
  • Romance

Take some time to laugh every day...