Some Days You Leave Skin on the Trail 

Biking in Idaho came to a sudden and unexpected halt. I hit a curb that I did not see until too late. Ron said I had great form and stayed tucked the entire roll over the handlebars. My only injuries are my face and a finger bruise. Nothing broken. No chipped teeth. Nothing that won’t…

Riding Alone 

In the last four years, since I first got off the couch and became more active, I have almost always exercised with a buddy. Weights, yoga, running, biking – all with partners. Swimming is the only thing I enjoy doing alone. I have only gone on one bike ride by myself. I won’t say it’s…

Random Marriage Lesson

I love that we have been married long enough for me to say after ten miles of riding in the heat and wind, “I’ll sit in the shade and rest while you ride the hills. See you in 45 minutes.”  And Ron is comfortable enough to listen and believe me. He rode on with the…

Biking in the Adirondack Mountains 

  Yes, I am foolish at times. “Let’s ride bikes this weekend,” he said. “In the Adirondack Mountains. It will be fun,” he said. I did not think about how tough riding bicycles in upstate New York would be. You’d think that the word “Mountains” would have clued me in. Our plan for Saturday evening…

Time Off

would anyone care? would anyone notice? if I took the month of July off? just to ride my bike and read a few good books? no cleaning no cooking no mowing no writing just sleeping and eating and swimming and reading and riding.

Cycling for a Great Cause

  Each year our town hosts the Hotter N’Hell Hundred, a century bike ride. It is always the fourth Saturday in August. It is lots of fun! It is the biggest and oldest century ride in the country.  14,000+ cyclist. Thousands more vendors, supporters, and volunteers make for an entertaining weekend. Friday is an off-road…

Running this Race

  I ran my first triathlon in September 2011.  After weeks of caring for my mother-in-law as she fought pancreatic cancer, I had become exhausted in every way. I was honored to care for her in her last days, but exhausted mentally, physically, and emotionally. I could feel depression settling in and knew I had to…

Bike Riding 

 Saturday, we went cycling in Chicago. In preparation, we rode 18-20+ miles Sunday and Thursday. I am not very fast and was a bit nervous about riding to town, but those rides helped me gain confidence that I could do the Saturday ride. We had never done anything like this before. Our rides are usually…

Traveling, again!

We are on the road again.   I love traveling with Ron.  We planned to head out Friday night, but severe storms caused us to stay home. We drove to St. Louis Saturday and met our friends the Burtons for dinner. They are amazing – loving, kind, honest, godly, transparent. My boys were friends with…

Mother’s Day has been hard

Mother’s Day has been hard for years. All those “Thank God for praying mommas” comments. And things like, “our mothers made us who we are today!” Not for me. Not at my house. My mother was a drunk. An abusive, angry, bitter drunk. In my early years, she was a good mom…kind of. She was…