Last Saturday, June 1st, 2019, I rode 46 miles on my bike as part of the Tour de Cure Twin Cities. It was a beautiful, sunny, perfect weather sort of day. Doing the ride was a bit of an athletic stretch for me because I really haven’t done much training this spring. The longest I … Read moreTour de Cure Twin Cities, recap by one Red Rider
It’s Saint Patrick’s Day this Sunday, March 17th, 2019 and I am pleased to tell you that I am over half Irish by family heritage. As it is, both my mother and father are and were more than half Irish, which means that I’m the same. I haven’t done a 23 and me genetic test … Read moreThe Luck of The Irish for all!
I made a vow that I would officially start cycling training again by March 1st. And that’s today, so here I am! I got my bike set up last weekend. No small feat, as I had to change out the rear tire and wipe the entire bike off, yes it was covered in dust!! Plus … Read moreBack in the saddle…cycling training starts NOW!
It’s time to move past thinking about athletic goals to doing those goals! Today I’m sitting in my office this fine, sunny, after the Jayden Polar Vortex that caused Minnesota to shut down, and I realized I’ve been doing a lot of athletic thinking. I’ve recovered from -50 degrees Fahrenheit temps, and finally I’m thinking … Read moreThinking about athletic goals during the off season
I love bike riding. I also love reading. For safety reasons, I don’t bike and read at the same time. I confess, I am not a fast bike rider. I wish I was, in fact, I’ve trained to go fast, and sadly, it never happened for me. Nonetheless, when I’m out biking and the wind … Read moreLife’s too short to go so f*cking slow, you know!
The first thing I want to say this week is a big huge THANK YOU for the many positive comments on Facebook and here on this blog for the post I did last week about being a one breasted bionic endurance athlete. It took a lot of courage for me to write about the body … Read moreHow to realize you do belong in the endurance community
Breaking my ankle twice in two years makes me feel old. I rarely feel old. My approach to aging is to generally remind myself that most of aging is a state of mind. I rarely talk of aches and pains. I am very committed to keep my body moving. Then, I break my ankle and … Read moreCycle until you’re 88 and beyond
Have a vision for doing a race or event this summer? Wonder how in the heck to get started? If so, you are not alone. Dreaming about an event you’d like to do is something lots of aspiring endurance athletes do. I love to dream. Moving from dreaming to action is the tricky part. After … Read more3 Tips for Getting Started with Your Endurance Training
Two weeks ago today, on June 3rd, I successfully rode 107 miles on my bicycle at the Tour de Cure Twin Cities!! Because of the 80 mile ride I successfully did on my birthday on May 12th, I had excellent confidence that I could do the ride. Much of endurance exercise is mental confidence and … Read more100 miles on the bike with #diabetes! Success!
Tomorrow, May 12th, is my 52nd birthday and as you likely know, I’m not married and I don’t have any children. At this moment in time, I don’t have a boyfriend. (Yes, I would like to have a boyfriend!) I also don’t have a particularly good relationship with my biological family. I do have wonderful … Read moreCelebrate my birthday by riding long: #diabetes and all