LIFE IN THE REAL WORLD

First, please accept my apologies for not checking in and posting for the past month. Sometimes life in the real world has to take precedence over the world I try to spend most of my time in. Not that I have a lot of responsibilities but every once in a while one pops up. So as I said sorry about the absence. But now, moving right along…

The last few weeks have really been the dog days of summer. I did cut down on my daily mileage a bit and traded that time in for some cross training. Already I have seen an improvement. Because I was focusing more on miles I was neglecting to do core exercises. That would be basic planks and side planks and things along that measure. Because of that I was starting to see the return of an old problem, numbness coming and going in my hands. When my core is weaker then there is more weight placed on my hands and even with the padded gloves there can still be too much pressure and the fingers start getting numb. I would imagine it’s more common with my age group than younger riders, but then again so is the joint replacement that got me here. When you can’t feel your fingers then it tends to prove a bit harder to shift; don’t even ask about getting a water bottle, and with the kind of heat the last few weeks have had, hydration is very important. I always take a bottle with me, even on a short hop. My hydration drink of choice is good old fashioned Tang. Yes, that orange stuff that you drank as a kid and that the astronauts took to the moon. It probably has a lot of things I don’t need but it does have carbohydrates and it taste better than a lot of sports drinks I have tried. Tang combined with black cherry shot blocks can keep me going all day long. Not that I would recommend only that combination, but it works for me. So, as I said, these last few weeks have been the dog days of summer and even though sometime going out and riding just seems like a chore just remember you won’t get any stronger watching TV in a nice air conditioned house. I am sure Michael Jordan didn’t always want to stay those extra hours after regular practice to make free throws but look where all that extra practice got him. Only way to get better and stronger is to ride…

Another benefit I have found to getting all those miles in is in the form of an app called Charity Miles. I was told about this by a lovely runner person who thought I would be interested. It is an app that keeps track of your miles whether you are a runner or a cyclist, and at the end of the workout a sponsor donates usually a penny per mile to a pre-selected charity of your choice. My choice happens to be the Alzheimer’s Association of America, lately a cause I have become all too familiar with. So here’s how it works, you load the app into your smart phone then when it opens it asks you which charity you choose, you pick one (and there are a bunch to choose from) and tell it to start. When you are finished you tell it you are done and it tells you how much you earned and who made the donation. It’s not a lot of money but a lot of little donations add up to one big donation. I always ride with Map My Ride running on my phone anyway so it’s no big deal to turn on another app. And one last request, if you read my blog please comment good or bad that’s up to you but we finally got the comment section working and I would really like to know who’s out there. So that’s it for now…Play nice and be careful. Randy