This blog is my attempt to document my journey toward better health and improved fitness while riding my bike. That's the short answer, anyway.
The backstory is that in 2010, I started out this same journey. I purchased my first bike, a hard thing to do as a single mother of four, in September. I was able to get in a few rides. My first one was seven miles total. It was hard, but I kept at it because I really enjoyed riding. It wasn't long before I was riding 20-30 miles in a ride five days a week. In the summer, when the kids were away at their other home, I'd ride for the entire day weaving my way across southern Oregon, often alone. In 2012, I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer (no chemo necessary), but I rode my bike from work to my radiation treatments, a round trip of about six miles. I was dedicated.
In 2014, events transpired that prevented me from getting on the bike in the same way I had before. It wasn't long before riding became only a weekend thing, and then twice a month, and then once or twice a year. Until one day, in the doctor's office, it became clear to me that I needed to take control of my health and fitness. I must stop the excuses.
Just like that, I'm back where I began, starting the journey over. Or rather, I'm starting again, but it isn't over, because this won't be the same journey. This will be its own journey. I'm eleven years older. I've had cancer twice. I'm at the age where colonoscopy and shingles vaccines and osteoarthritis are terms that trend. I'm not as young as I was back in 2010, I'm also not as strong. I have serious doubts about my ability to be able to achieve any of the goals I hope for myself (one would be to be comfortable on the bike again). It is my hope that by writing this blog, I can document the journey and keep myself motivated and accountable. I hope that this will inspire others to begin their own journey toward whatever goals they've been wanting to achieve (under a doctor's supervision please).
I'm not a health coach or a fitness guru, though I have been active all my life (until the last decade). I'm not selling a plan or a program or anything. I am simply sharing my journey and my progress. It's for me really, to help myself stick with it. I hope you'll consider being involved with me by subscribing and sharing comments about your own journey.
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