Thursday, January 14, 2016

Think About It Thursday

“It’s a shame that people all over the world can’t have that kind of love in their hearts,” he said. “There would be no wars, slaughter, or murder; no greed or selfishness. It would be the kind of world that God wants us to have—a wonderful world.”

― Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

June Goals Update

Just wanted to keep you apprised of my June goals...

1. Finish bike ,000 challenge - unfortunately I was just 60 minutes short of this goal.  I am proud to say that I logged 940 minutes in June as well as my other exercise activity.  Also, those 940 minutes were full throttle biking so I have to say that should count for something.  July will be better and I will hit the 1,000.

2. Read "Around the World on Two Wheels: Annie Londonderry's Extraordinary Ride" - finished (a few days into July).  June turned out to be more jammed packed than I thought.  Also, the book was a little less than riveting.  I am still thinking about what I liked and disliked about this book.

3. Try one new main course from the Hemsley + Himself cookbook - accomplished.  Actually, I tried a few new recipes from their book and all were excellent.  I am continuing to work my way through their recipes with zeal.

4. Write letters to friends - accomplished.  Need I say more?

5. Spa Day - put on hold until July.

Sorry, just had to write a quick update.  July goals are in the works.  Hope you have your goals set for this month and are working towards them.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Thoughts of biking to work so far...

So it finally happened. I am living the dream. I work at a place that is close enough to bike to work, and I do. Living in Southern California, it is extremely hard to live close enough to work. When I was in public accounting I practically lived in my car. My last job was less than 20 miles from my house and I was so excited. I thought that maybe I could bike to work there but unfortunately it was uphill the entire way and no showers were available. Also, I had to wear business formal everyday. Grr…. But I knew that one day I would make my goal come true and be able to bike to work.

My work now is a little less than 5 miles away with very few hills. Also, I get to wear jeans to work. Woohoo! While this change in my life is for the better, I am afraid like every other person out there who commutes via bicycle, I still have a few kinks to work out.

Some things I have noticed, need advice on, or need to change are as follows:

1. I pedal fast. I love going fast. Going fast makes me sweat. Showing up to work sweaty sucks. I need to slow down and take my time.

2. Part of my commute is over dirt and gravel. While I can just wash my bike and the dirt is gone, unfortunately my clothing is getting a little dusty during my ride to and from work. I need to figure out how to change this. Maybe bike in workout clothes and change at work?

3. I have a hybrid bike right now and am using hybrid road tires. While I love this bike and also use it with mountain bike tires, I am afraid it is not the best for commuting. I really want a road bike and to start training for a century ride, but I am also thinking I need a legitimate commuter bike with wheel/mud guards, a place for a pannier and a basket. Perhaps a cup and iPhone holder as well? I need something that will work on road and trail so a road bike is not the best option. What to do?

4. Speaking of panniers, I have no way to carry all of my crap as it is. I have a little tote bag that I am making into a makeshift backpack but that is really cumbersome and also, I don’t want to carry a backpack as it makes my back sweaty. I think I really need a bike that has utility and can carry my stuff. Also, I need to establish exactly what I am going to take to and from work.

5. So of course being in Southern California means that if you want to go to lunch you have a 98.4% chance of having to drive there (yes, I made that percentage up). While I pack lunch most days, people keep asking me to go out to lunch or are taking me out to get to know me more. I love going out to lunch with people. When we do I hate that I do not have a car with me to offer to drive. While no one has seemed to notice this yet, everyone knows it is curious to at least offer given the price of gas. I am thinking that I might just have designated days of biking and a designated day that I drive so that I can offer to drive when my car is there.

Anyway, these were just some thoughts I had…while riding my bike! I am open to questions, comments, recommendations, etc. And one day you too can live the dream and bike to work! (You know whom I am taking to.)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Think About It Thursday

"Some people come into your life as blessings. Others come into your life as lessons." ~Mother Teresa