|Trace The Mitten|
What do you do when someone smiles at you? I bet that in most cases, you smile. How do you feel? I feel happier.
When I bike I am happy and that means that I am usually smiling. I get a lot of smiles back to me. Your smiles sets the tone around you.
I find that waves are like smiles in that if you give one then you get one.
PS. A "Hi" helps too.
If you exercise you dehydrate yourself. It is recommended that you drink at least 20 oz per hour while riding. When it is hotter you may need twice that.
I live in the humid Midwest and I can feel the sweat, but this is different in arid areas.
When I started cycling again, I invested in a hydration pack designed for cyclists. I selected one that carries 100 oz and it can last me for hours. I like the convenience of the tube being close and easy to grab. I have an insulated tube cover to keep the water flowing in cold temps. I still carry 1 or 2 bottles on a ride and add a 3rd for the tour.
My current arrangement allows me to frequently take liquids. The hydration bladder holds water and the bottles for the flavored drinks.
One of the benefits doing many rides in various conditions is that it allows you to better understand your needs. You will build your confidence.
Keep drinking and if you think 'drink', then take a sip.
I found this list from 2011.
1. To be fit.
2. To be outdoors
3. To travel at a speed to see things
4. To go camping
5. To learn
6. To entertain and inform
7. Because I can
8. A vacation
9. See new sights
11. I enjoy it.
My comment in 2015 : these reasons are still true. Cycling has become almost a daily activity. When I do not look forward to going on a ride, I will do something related to the twitter and website. I will work on the bikes or take a rest day.
If you do something, it should be fun. Figure how to make it enjoyable. You have to be able make it through the rough times.
It is storming now and I will write about the beautiful days we just experienced.
They say, "If you don't like the Michigan, wait 5 minutes." We see it all. We love our 4 seasons. Winter is too long. We go right from winter to summer. Summer is too short. We have a nice fall usually.
This week we have loved 80+° days. Our weather is crummy enough that we REALLY enjoy nice days.
A cyclist in Michigan, or really anywhere, have gear for all conditions. Always be ready to roll.
A couple of week ago I picked up two pairs of padded cycle briefs. These are designed to fit under pants or shorts. I word like to provide my reactions so far after a couple of uses.
Four years ago I picked up two pairs similar padded shorts but in a boxer style. I really enjoyed those but they are becoming thin after many hours and miles. I rely on them almost exclusively and seldom use cycling shorts. The pads on the undershorts are thinner than cycle short pads. The main purpose is to wick perspiration and eliminate possible rubbing leading to sores or irritation.
My boxer style has given me no problem and I would heartily endorse, but after using the briefs on three rides I am concerned. My issue is that the leg hem creates a roll of fabric that will cause a problem on long rides and repeated days. I have decided to use the briefs for 1 or 2 hour rides.
I will let you know how they work and let you know what I find out.