Category Archives: Cycling

Do as I say, not as I do? Set a good example for kids instead

This is one confident new bicyclist! (youtube.com)

Maybe you’ve seen the viral video posted on YouTube – it’s of a boy who rode his bike by himself for the first time.

He struggles for how to describe it.

“I feel… I feel… I feel… I feel… I feel happy of myself,” he exclaims. Continue reading

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How jumping jacks crushed my bone, Racine Ironman 70.3 dreams

An X-ray confirmed that I have yet another stress fracture.

This year was supposed to be the Year of No Injuries.

The universe, it seems, had other plans. Continue reading

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Stupid is as stupid does: My stupidest injury to date

Doing jumping jacks to stay warm during a pit stop along Bike the Drive. Stupid.

Usually my injuries are just dumb luck. The one I have now is because I was just plain dumb.

Bike the Drive 2011 was particularly chilly this year, and our little one was cold. To warm her up, we did jumping jacks. Continue reading

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Kiddo’s crash, road rash and burn on Bike the Drive

Today we kicked off what we had hoped would become an annual family tradition of biking along Lake Shore Drive. We never dreamed it’d end up with a crash and the little one saying she never wants to bike again. Continue reading

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Beware the clipless pedals. They’re more efficient, but they’re dangerous (at first).

A Roscoe Village Bikes staffer teaches me how to use my new pedals and shoes.

My cyclist husband-to-be got me clipless pedals for Christmas; he’s been trying to get me on that bandwagon for nearly a year now. I resisted, thanks to my clumsiness, but it’s hard to say no when they’re wrapped up so nicely!

He also got me some pretty sweet triathlon shoes, but they were too small for my big ol’ clown feet. (It turns out Pearl Izumi apparently doesn’t make cycling shoes for women with size 10 feet. Hmpf.) Continue reading

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This little injured runner became a triathlete (holy sh*%!)

From left: Heading to T1 after exiting Lake Michigan, looping on the bike and near the finish.

“You’re a triathlete.”

That’s what the BF whispered into my ear as he got up from the table at my celebratory breakfast to head to the bathroom. Then he kissed me on the cheek.

I grinned really big. And then my eyes welled up. Continue reading

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Wear a bicycle helmet, save your life

The BF waits for a CAT scan at a hospital in Chicago after a cycling accident.

My boyfriend didn’t start wearing a bicycle helmet until about two years ago (full disclosure: me either). If he still practiced that unsafe habit, on July 17 he might have wound up in the morgue instead of the emergency room. Continue reading

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