|Trace The Mitten|
I always have my camera with me when I ride. I look for scenes or items that interest me. This helps move the trip along.
My ride on Saturday was through a residential area that presented some items of interest.
The US map was on an elementary playground. I placed my bike heading west which is symbolic of my desire to bike Route 66.
The chainsaw art were on two tree stumps in a yard. While I was taking the photos, the home owner came out. She was very excited about my interest and attraction to the yard decorations. She related the whole story behind their creation.
You never know what may be interesting on your ride.
Today storms were hundred + miles south, but it created terrible local winds. Usually wind speeds were around 15 mph. Gusts would come from 25 up to 40 mph. Our winds are usually under 10 mph.
I have gone out on days like this. Be careful! Riding through woods breaks the wind nicely especially an area of pine. These strong winds usually take down some big limbs. Typically I will find a major limb or even a tree across the tree lined rail trail. On the road you can be buffeted like a leaf without warning.
I now stay in on days with unusually high winds for safety sake. On these recent days of normal wind velocity are good spirit and stamina builders.
While I am riding today I thought again about whether I am a better driver from biking? Or am I a better biker from driving?
Having pondered this question on several rides and drives, I can answer 'yes' to both questions. I understand what it takes to be safe driving or riding. I just need to remember to do it. How about you?
I know that no matter what bright colors I wear a driver will not see me. I look for eye contact with the driver. As a rider, I would rather stop and let them finish their move. Nine times out of ten they let me bike on first.
I smile a lot while I ride. People respond better when you smile. I respond happier when I smile. I love to ride.
I know that as a driver I do not expect to see many bikes around. If bikes are around, they will be in the multi use path well off the road (out of sight, out of mind). I do not expect many people using the crosswalks. I remember as a grade school student " Stop, look and listen." That is still good advice.
Erratic driving gets others anxious. Ride in a predictable manner.
I always drive with my rearview mirror and I look in it before I move. I also keep track of what is coming from behind.
Use your turn signal whether on a bike or in a car.
Multitasking is a distraction. Distractions cause accidents.
Want others to be attentive.
Want to be safe.
Want others to follow laws.
Want to go the speed limit.
Want slow vehicles off the rd
Want others to be attentive.
Want others to follow laws
Want to be safe.
What did I miss?
What are your suggestions
Whether I am driving or biking I want arrive safe. I will do what I need to in order to accomplish that
I have heard this before and I know you have too, buy it is important to try it.
For over a year it has been hard to walk up hills and steps. it is also hard to bike up long, steep hills.
On my ride my objective was to get to the top without doing any wheezing. Adjust the gears, cadence, and respiration. I did it!
On a walk up a long hill carrying 30 pounds. Walk a steady pace without a break. Keep relaxed with the respiration. Breathe deeply. Long steady exhale through pierced lips. Focus on breathing and not the steps. Say to yourself keep going, you can make it. I made it to the top and took my break. My respiration returned to normal quickly.
I am glad that I tried these challenges. I lifted my confidence. I can try another challenge.
What is a challenge for you?
Today I was in the mood to ride some errands. My route would be a two hour trip. This would be the first venturing away from the streets close to home. Going to somewhere new is interesting.
My purpose is to go to the Rochester Post Office.Having an objective makes the ride interesting.
Looking at my weather app predicted a window to complete the ride before the rainy weather came in. Having a time goal keeps you moving.
Saving gas is a motivator for me. Biking 21 miles and saving the gas feels very satisfying There are other things that will motivate me for future rides.
On my rides for the last year I record my ride with the Strava app on my phone. Two Strava segments were on my route. I set a PR and did my 3rd best time.
I did not take any pictures today, but I always have my camera with me on rides.
I look forward to things with anticipation, so now I must think ahead to my rides for the next week.
This question can relate to many aspects of cycling and life.
How did I lose my balance this week? I had to take care of some serious personal matters. This has also occurred with events and commitments related to work. Basically, I get out of my workout routine and intensity.
Let's relate this situation to riding your bike.
-Focus down the path you are riding. When your view is too close to your front wheel you will wobble your steering.
-If you are lost, stop and get your bearings. Move ahead on a plan.
-Do you have a destination? Establish one and know the waypoints.
-Anticipate the terrain ahead. I am most likely to fall when going from pavement to dirt, gravel or sand or vice versa. I have a plan for those situations: slow down to a safer speed, be sure my arms or flexed, upper body centered, legs at 3&9. Practice and experience makes for smoother passage.
-Pick yourself up and ride ahead. Please note that your eyes are forward and avoid looking too much in your rearview mirror. You go where you are looking.
-Make necessary adjustments for the next time, because there will be a next time.
Excuse me I must go and do some riding on the cycle trainers.
The rest of last week helped battle whatever got me down. I had enough energy to do two outdoor rides this week. I have only done five rides this season.
Ride each of my bikes.
I want to be sure that they are ready.
Take longer rides.
During the winter I rarely ride longer than 60 minutes inside. I need to again be comfortable with longer time in the saddle.
Feel the wind.
Using the trainers inside you forget what it takes to battle the wind. The spring temperatures always give you wind. How can I maintain a good cadence? How can I keep my energy and legs going?
Feeling the road.
Maintaining your cadence may be challenges by bumps in the street. You must avoid the holes and gaps.
Enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.
I breathe deeper outside and the cool fresh air is very enjoyable. The sunshine always lifts my spirits.
Find out what layers and fabrics work best.
Today I changed to a different thickness in my long sleeved, performance, wicking T. My basic windbreaker helps to reduce the wind penetration and keep me comfortable at 52°. I do not like having to stop the adjust layers.
Soon I will be riding more outside than inside.