Since I have been MIA most of the summer I thought I’d let you know that yes indeed I did continue biking all summer long. Before it got wet and rainy I usually did between 9-12 miles every day. If it weren’t for the lovely bike trail less than 1/2 mile from my gallery I doubt I would have kept at it. But it is almost like biking through the deep woods (parts of it at least) despite the fact that I am in actuality biking through prime Midwest farm land.
Now I’d like to say that all that with all this biking I’ve lost like 68 pounds and 12 inches from my waist but alas, no. In fact last time I weighed myself I think I gained a pound or two.
Hey, I’m not biking 10 miles a day to live on lettuce and oxygen people. Don’t judge me.
And besides I’m pretty sure it premenstral water weight. Not buying that one? Okay how about muscle weighs more than fat. That’s my personal favorite.
At any rate I can now climb several flights of stairs without seeing stars or teetering precariously at the top from lack of oxygen. It has improved my strength and staying power. Which proved very useful doing artfair after artfair several weeks in a row alone. No stiffness or exhaustion.
I did in the end invest in a different seat. Oddly enough it was only quite recent that my tender bits started getting … well, tender. I got a gel seat which seems to have improved the situation but truly it doesn’t really feel different.
I looked at a couple of giant cushy ones that looked like the backseat of a 59 Chevy but that kinda got dangerously close to daisy basket granny territory so I stayed with a more athletic version.
This is my turning around point. A large bridge spanning a branch of the Des Moines river. It illustrates just how much of a drought we have had this year.
This river is often rushing just under the bridge and looks very dangerous. The day this was taken I could have walked across it and probably only got knee deep at parts. In fact there were several sets of footprints where people had indeed done just that.
So there you have it. My biking summer in a nutshell. I am still biking when the weather allows but all too soon it’s going to get hung up until next summer.
As for my plans to keep from getting fluffy and stodgy? An eliptical machine. Or maybe Zumba.
Anyone tried either? What did you think?