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But sometimes things happen like relocating, career changes, and aging. I used to ride an average of 100+ miles a week. I used to feel comfortable on my bike. I used to love plugging in the playlist, getting on the bike, putting my head down and just rolling through the southern Oregon countryside. It was how I coped.
That was also something I enjoyed. I would ride, but I'd make sure I stopped to photograph the ride and then I'd blog about the ride, my growth, what I was going through. It was a great way to deal with a stressful life and as the single mom of four children, I had plenty of stressors. As I rode and blogged, I was also defining my life and the person I wanted to be. I named the blog, "My Life In Gear".
I shot the photo (right) through the rear wheel of first bike I purchased for myself in 2010. It was a 2009 Specialized Ariel Elite. My best biking buddy, my son, is on his first specialized bike as well. This photo was taken in Sam's Valley outside Medford, Oregon.
Our life changed. We moved. Then the kids grew up and I moved overseas and then I moved back, but to a much bigger city with much more traffic. Adjusting to this new life in this new place was stressful and demanding. The bikes collected dust and my fitness level declined while the number on the scale kept moving up, up, up! And then the pandemic hit.
I realized each time I met someone new or when people would ask what I liked to do, I'd respond with what I used to do. Nothing was current. My current life was all work and no exercise, and then the pandemic hit. I'd love to say that I used the pandemic time with no traffic in the city to my advantage, but I didn't.
At the time of writing, it's been just under 48 hours since I visited my doctor since before the pandemic began. It was a discouraging meeting, but definitely not a surprising one. The bottom line: I need to change how I'm doing some things in my life.
I'm tired of referring to my glory days of fun on my bike as something in the distant past. I'm tired of the way I feel. I'm tired of feeling tired of it all. It's time to change. It's time to get my life in gear...again. This blog is that journey of getting my life in gear...again.
My Life in Gear 2.0