Trek Women
February 5, 2009

"Let It Rain"

Images[3]Can you believe it's raining again in Southern California; I think it's our third day of rain this winter and I am worried about floating away.  I am anxious to get these old bones out and about on my bike in the sunshine, but in the meantime if I don't keep moving I'll be stuck on the couch forever.  So, as a recap for my week, I have participated in two Aqua Fit classes, one full hour each session, Belly Dance, again one full hour and Thursday was spent working on the recumbent bike for 30 minutes, a spin class and one more Aqua Fit session.  While I am out there, I might as well fit in everything I can.  I know my children are grown and have their own lives, and my husband has passed on,  but this is my obligation for myself today.  By the way, don't think my resting hours are spent resting.  I am constantly working on "lists", work at least 40 hours per week in a structured workplace environment, and spend every extra minute I can socializing. 

A year or so ago I was running and riding my bike.  Because I can no longer hit the pavement with the bottom of my feet, I had to find a substitute and that is the Aqua Fit combined with the bike.  Would I rather sit on my butt?  You bet,  but I have so much to lose if I go down that path; everything but weight..  

Please consider some small amount of exercise if you are not riding or moving at this point in time.  Try 10 minutes and see how good you feel about it.  Then write to me and let me know your thoughts about going down a new path.

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January 27, 2009

"Using The Shoes"

Images[9] Last week while I was at the gym, I met up with a new Spin Class instructor.  We started up a conversation and I expressed how I so wanted to attend the class but didn't think it was a good idea with my tender knee.He immediately showed me his scarred knees as a result of several operations and quickly responded, 'Yes you can"!!!..   Besides, I can use my clip shoes again that have been on hold for some time due to doctors orders not to do the twist in those shoes.

If you know me, that is all I needed to hear to get me to that class and that is just what I have planned for this week.  While participating in several different spin classes I must say when the instructor yells out to you to "get out of the saddle you lazy sleaze bag", several things come to mind but first, want to get out of that saddle alright and slither out of the room and hide.  While I know they are there to motivate you, a good majority of us are barely there and I for one need more of a positive message.  Let's move on...

My new instructor offered to adjust my bike, make sure everything is set up perfectly and told me by the time the first session is finished, I will have all the confidence I need to continue with the classes and become the super girl I intend to be, or that is in my heart.    So here we go again, wish me luck as this is just once more step to getting myself back to where I want to be in my Bicycle life.  I hope you are all listening and can see that we all have the wherewithal to make a comeback.  You just need to want it in your heart and surround yourself with the right motivators/people in your life that want you to have it too.

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January 13, 2009

"Follow Up"

 Images[3] No problem or issues remain with Treading Water.  I learned to relax first by free floating on my back.  I relaxed further by using floating tubes / noodles and then treading water seemed much easier.  I want you all to know how much stronger I feel since I have been swimming.  This is a great compliment to our bicycle riding because we need to always be improving our skills on the riding. 

The mind is a powerful tool that can protect us but it can also limit us from experiencing new things.  We must keep an open mind and not let the stress and fear takeover the experience.  As I have now realized, this has plagued me in the past and now that I recognize the problem with the process, I can now correct it.  I'm anxious to apply this theory the  next time I am apprehensive about a more than challenging bike ride.

By the way it probably didn't hurt that I had a wonderful lesson in a beautiful environment.  How can you not help but relax in a pool that is heated to 84 degrees, swimming outside on a January evening when the daytime temperature was 80 and the pool was lit by a full moon.  Ahhh, Southern California.  All I need to do now is practice.

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January 9, 2009

"No Longer A Secret"

20090109075319412_0001 Well,,,here I am sitting in my office reflecting on the fact that soon, I will be turning 62 years of age.  Why am I reminding myself of this additional milestone?

I have been attending a lot of Aqua Fit classes as a form of rehab after my knee surgery. While the knee is doing well, I have come to accept that I will always need to be a mover, shaker and pedal in order to keep my body working for me.  It's just simply learning to manage the process, just like I do with my diabetes, daily diet/nutrition and every other limitation I seem to have running through my mind.

Last week I was attending some classes, (every instructor has a different style) and I was asked to Tread Water.  While I actually feel very strong about my performance in the class, I found another Achilles Heel:  I cannot tread water.  So,,,this weekend the Bicycle Guru Bruce is going to attempt to help me resolve that issue.    

They say relationships don't survive wallpapering, but I feel pretty good about a swim lesson.  I just have got to make up my mind that I can do this just like everything else I have set out to do.  I'll keep you posted. 

My message this time is that you are never too old to learn something new.  Isn't that great, gosh I don't want to give up the process now, it's much too fun.  By the way I need to get out and take more new pictures.  In the meantime I am enjoying some old photographs. 

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October 6, 2008

"Magazines"

Images8 One of the ways I've been using up spare time lately is "Magazines".  Don't scoff me because I have spare time right now, it's temporary and would much rather be back in the mainstream than killing time, but Anyway... I usually don't have time to read too much and feel guilty if I don't at least look at the pictures before I toss out one of my subscriptions.  In the past few weeks, I have been picking up some valuable information and now wonder what else has passed me by. 

I love my "Bicycling" magazine.  There are a lot of short articles with timely information that I just marvel to.  Things about shifting, flat tires, nutrition information and then they always direct you to their blog with training tips from the experts, for instance  did you know that you can beat muscle pain with baking soda?  I gotta check that one out. 

Although I am always asking a lot of questions, the thing about reading periodicals is that I don't know all the questions to ask and unless you are a seasoned veteran who has been cycling for years, some of this information my not come up for years.

Oh, and one more thing, just toting the magazine around with you can be a great conversation starter.

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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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August 24, 2008

"Family Fitness"

Bike_riding_058_2 Everyone knows the healthy benefits of exercising, but it's not always easy to get everyone involved.  You can encourage your family to become fit by following these tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Limit how much time your children spend watching TV and playing video games.

Don't eat snacks or meals in front of the TV.  If possible, exercise while watching TV.

Schedule family fitness activities such as biking, hiking or tennis.

Set exercise goals as a family to help everyone stick to the fitness plan.

Encourage your children to try individual sports, such as tennis, swimming or biking, that can be done all through life.    

I have already purchased my gear to begin swimming.  I figured that since I have two coaches in the family, with  Will and Jack, the "Swimmers", I have no excuse anymore.

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August 8, 2008

"A Little Bit Slower"

Cayucos_007  You know, we all have our ups and downs.  Some days we feel really good, probably because we are rested and other days we feel weak and tired.  Sometimes this happens because we are training too hard, sometimes we might have something physical going on with the "Body".  It's all cyclical and I myself have learned to accept these conditions as the new normal.  Try not to let this hold you back.

That being said, my knee is still sore and I have been resting it according to doctors orders.  I am ready after a week to get on my bike and begin to ride again this weekend.  It doesn't have to be a back breaker to be a good ride.  If I can get some fresh air, peace of mind and muster a smile, that is a good ride.  I will take it easy, find  a flat route and do what the doctor recommends.  What does he recommend? Keep Moving.  The bicycle is good even for stiff sore joints because there is no "Impact" as with jogging.     Did I mention that my orthopedic doctor and his wife ride Trek bikes?  We had quite a conversation about WSD and how important it is that the equipment is fit for a woman's body. 

It always pleases me that I never have to travel to far without getting into a conversation about bicycles.  Try it sometime and see how often it occurs.   Have a great weekend.

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August 8, 2008

"Location-Location"

Mattmyers I wanted to take the time to mention someone that I met while attending a Trek Demo.  Please meet Matt Myers, he is the General Manager of the Trek Super Store in La Mesa/San Diego, California While I was making plans to meet up with Tori Broughton, the "WSD DEMO CHICK" for my region, I sent a little e-mail request to the Trek store in that area to ask for information.  Matt was so friendly and responded to me with such enthusiasm that I really wanted to make the Sunday morning trip in order to meet their group.

Not to mention that it was probably the hottest weekend so far this summer, Matt and his staff were out there to support the Demo representatives and greet the eager participants.  Everyone did a fine job, and I'm sure there were three or four WSD sales as a result of everyones effort.  I wanted to mention how much I learn when I show up at these events.  Just listening to the Trek representatives answer inquiries really gives me a lot of insight into issues I hadn't even thought about.  Stop by one of these demos sometime.

If you live in proximity to this store, you must check it out.  I was so impressed with how many activities they sponsor and how well organized they are for public participation.  Check out their website and you will gather good tips as well as inspiration.  I'll make another trip down that way and join them for a ride soon.  Thanks Matt.

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June 4, 2008

"Little Details"

Ramona I was reading an e-mail from Andrew Scherf today reminding our team about inspiration and offering suggestions about our trip to San Jose for the Lance Armstrong Challenge.  Then his next paragraph was titled

"Little Details"  •"Have you decided what gearing you are going to run?  I can tell you that there are a couple of short but somewhat steep climbs on the route.  I am going to be running a 12-25 on the back.  If you are thinking of running a 12-23 or an 11-23, I would strongly caution against it."

"This is such a good e-mail Andrew";  you are giving me information, inspiration, and blog material all in one.  Yes I have my hotel arranged and I have almost all the items on the "Bring Along" list gathered together in one place.  I was sailing through your letter like I was reading a good novel, THEN you said "what gears are you running?" 

I'm really glad this came up now so I can get used to yet another concept in only 39 days.  I gotta be honest, I know not what you mean.  I thought you were talking about a specific brand of gear and in a little cloud above my head I was thinking, just call Trek tomorrow and ask them to send you some.  But then you were talking about hills and numbers.  Here is the thing, I have no idea what the heck you are talking about.  The only thing I know about gears and hills is, little in the front and big in the back and I won't elaborate on what helps me remember that visual, but I can usually make it up the hill and I am practicing.  Anyway, I am laughing hysterically out loud as I am typing, which might be a new symptom of a nervous breakdown; just kidding, maybe a little, Not. 

So once again I am ready for more knowledge and I will do a Part two on "Little Details"  If you can tell me what to do or where to go for information, I'll do that, I'll practice and I'll probably have to get a bigger helmet by race day.  "Little Details", sure maybe for all you guys, Jeeez

I don't know who is going to find this more entertaining, my enemies (if I have any) my bicycle peers (referring to my sister and daughters) or my trek sisters, (they can always rely on me for comic relief, even Susan. 

Sigh, Come Ride With Me.