Trek Women
August 29, 2008

"I'd rather be chased by a bear" Part II

Mountain_biking

Here are a few tips if you plan on taking a friend out for their very first mountain bike ride:

1. Get her a bike that fits her (I let my friend use my bike, but I am a good 4-5 inches taller than her...she could barely stand over the top tube)
2. Take her on trails that are appropriate for her skill level (tight turns, rock gardens, logs, steep down hills; these should be reserved for future rides)
3, If she does not know what a "rock garden" is, let her know before she has to ride through one.
4. Teach her basic bike handling skills and practice them before hitting intermediate trails.
5. if she starts to cry...well, I don't know what to do, so hopefully that won't happen.

August 25, 2008

"I'd rather be chased by a bear!"

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That is a direct quote.

I took my good friend mountain biking this past weekend. She is very new to mountain biking (I don't think she had actually done it before). The day was beautiful, the trails were smooth, and my friend looked like she was having fun. Everything was going so well in the beginning; but by the end of the ride, she said "I'd rather be chased by a bear, than go mountain biking again!"

Wow! I thought it was pretty funny, but she was serious. She wasn't talking about a cute baby bear...she was talking full grown, very hungry Grizzly Bear!
What happened? Well, it was a culmination of many things:

1. She crashed down a hill in the very beginning of the ride.
2. The crash made her tense and nervous the rest of the ride.
3. The nerves made her unable to control the bike on the unfamiliar terrain.
4. Lack of control led to other near crashes.
5. Near crashes made her fear for her life around every corner.

What could I have done to make her experience better? I have some ideas. I will post them soon!


August 21, 2008

What a Commute?!

Dsc_0109This is a blog that I wrote about 1 year ago, and never posted. Due to my recent epic ride, I thought it would be more valuable now than when I wrote it. Check it out: Yesterday, I took commuting to the next level. I rode my bike 34.4 miles to a neighbor's house, and about 36.2 miles back to my house. The added miles on the way home was due to my unfamiliarity with the area. I took a few unintentional scenic routes and detours. Coincidentally, that 70 miles was the longest I have ridden in one day.

My husband knew when I would be home and was waiting on the front porch with the camera. That picture of me is when I rolled up to the house. I have to say that I was pretty tired. I woke up the next day with very sore legs.

I don't think it is something I would do everyday, but atleast I know I can do it. My heart goes out to everyone out there who commutes on their bike. You guys and gals are my heroes. Keep riding!

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August 20, 2008

Trek World 2009

Dsc_0062Trek World is a dealer show that Trek holds every year. It is for dealers, sales reps, and Women Who Ride, of course. We get to check out the 2009 bikes and products...so you are getting the insider's scoop!

The best part of the whole trip was a story that Frank, a bike shop owner, told me. Here it is: He met a girl (Let's call her Jane) who had her heart set on getting a Trek 1600 bicycle. She really wanted this bike (can't blame her...it was a nice bike). Jane happened to enter a contest that was sponsored by a bicycle company other than Trek (the company will not be named for dignity purposes). I don't know the details of the contest, but the prize was either a trip for two to the Tour of France, or $3,000. As is turns out, Jane won the contest! She opted for the $3000 and promptly went to her local bike shop. When she found out they did not have Trek bicycles, she showed up at Frank's shop. With $3,000 in prize money, and a smile on her face, she bought a Trek 1600.

Yeah, Trek Bikes really are that good!

Here are a few on my favorite bikes from the show. The Top Fuel, Madone, and all new District! Enjoy!
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August 19, 2008

The Epic Bike Ride!

600 miles, 10 numb toes, 2 sore butt cheeks, 2 flat tires, and 1 crash later. And all to go to Trek World!
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Day 1 was about 160 miles long and beat "the longest day of my life" by a long shot. I was on the road for about 14 hours...that is 3 times longer than I have ever spent on a bike! The picture is of day 2 where I only had to ride a little over 130 miles into Madison.

Dsc_0118_8Bill is just as crazy as I am. On Saturday, he woke up and rode from Minneapolis to La Crosse, Wi to meet me. Sunday we rode home together to Minneapolis. I was so glad he came so I didn't have to pull the Bob Trailer anymore. After 450 miles, that thing was heavy!

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We stopped for lunch in Nelson, Wi. I had to change my socks because I stepped in some gum. Every 30 miles I had to take my shoes off to give my feet some rest.


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Wisconsin was beautiful! Not a lot out there except for soybeans, corn, and cows...but i really enjoyed riding through it all. This was the toughest athletic endeavor of my life so far. My legs are still very sore, I developed calluses on my rear end, and I think it will take another week to gain feeling in my toes again. Would I do it again? Heck yeah!

The scoop on Trek World coming soon!

August 11, 2008

The biggest ever!

It is Monday morning and I am just about to leave for the biggest bike ride of my life. Minneapolis, MN to Madison, WI. I am going to the annual Trek Dealer Show. It should be a lot of fun.

Instead of flying or driving, I decided to ride my bike there. Plan is 150 miles today and tomorrow, stay for 3 days and then ride back. Total trip=600 miles. Wish me luck!

August 6, 2008

A Happy Birthday!

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This picture has nothing to do with this entry...it is a picture of my neighbor's daughter, and she is adorable...it was a great picture, and I couldn't help but share it.

Yesterday was my Birthday! 23 years old! Nothing spectacular happened, but it was a wonderful day. I rode my favorite bike into work. It was my Trek Fuel Ex 8 WSD...I know, not the fastest bike on the road, but my favorite none the less. Work was rather easy. I got to do a killer workout with one of the other Personal Trainers. It involved things like jumping up flights of stairs on one foot. (Evan, my legs hurt real bad today, but it was a lot of fun).

After work I came home to a clean house and dinner cooking. Bill is such a sweetheart. He got me a Bob Trailer and some SpeedPlay pedals as a gift. He even made birthday brownies for dessert.

I got a surprise phone call from a friend, and an even bigger surprise email from another. It all ended with a walk around the neighborhood before I went to bed. What a wonderful day. Just thought I would share. Live everyday happy!

Thank you to all those who said/sang Happy Birthday. You made my day special.