Posts Tagged ‘biking’

Self Expression or Self Preservation

April 25, 2010

The other day I was riding my motorcycle to class.  I saw a truck at an intersection ahead of me.  I was on the inside lane of a four lane road, so I was not too concerned when he pulled out just a little bit ahead of me.

Then he continued on into my lane.

He never saw me.

Thankfully, I had been watching him and was already easing off the gas.  I hit the brakes and easily avoided a collision.

Then, I thought about the horn.  Some people might have thought about the horn first.  I prefer to focus on avoiding an accident.  Actually, I ended up waving at him.  Hopefully he saw me, but he probably never even knew I was  there on the road.

Over the years of riding, similar events have happened numerous times.  It is always better to avoid a collision first.  That should be your focus.  Secondly, you will want to think twice about how you express yourself.  You are still on a motorcycle, and that makes you vulnerable.  If you tick off the driver by your expression of anger, there is the possibility of retribution.  Ever hear of road rage?   In a bike versus car collision, the bike will never win. 

I prefer self-preservation over self-expression.

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Try-athlon

July 21, 2009

For over thirty-five years I have exercised regularly using a variety of forms of exercise.  I believe that it is important to maintaining health and managing stress. In addition it helps enhance quality of life issues.  I am able to participate in a wide variety of activities which I enjoy.  I am not so much a competitor, but a participant.

My latest venture has been simply a change in my training.  I have long incorporated running, swimming, and more recently, biking, in my exercise routine.  My town sponsors a triathlon, so I thought it might be fun to give it a try.  First, I thought that I would see how it would go if I combined the three activities in a single workout.  The first try was: swim for twenty minutes, bike for twenty minutes, and then run for two miles on the indoor (cushioned )  track.  That went so well that a few days later, I tried: thirty minutes swimming, thirty minutes biking, and thirty minutes running (a little over three miles ) outside .  I hadn’t run outside for years.

I was amazed at how good it felt!!  Swimming, no problem!  Biking, no problem!  Running….well, that was a switch!!!  The transition from biking to running was rather strange.  My legs felt all wobbly for about the first five minutes.  After that, I noticed that running outside involved hills!!!  It was difficult, but it felt really, really good.

This morning I was expecting to be stiff and sore with possibly pain in my knees,  back or hips. 

I feel great!!!

It turns out that I won’t be able to participate in the local triathlon this year because of a schedule conflict, but I think that I will incorporate this training into my regular routine. Next year I will be fifty and that sounds like a good age to participate in my first official triathlon. 

We’ll see what the next year brings.