Back in the Saddle.

On yer bike… That is exactly what I did today, I got back in the saddle and loved every minute of it. I realised that I have indeed really missed riding, I know how much I love running and how much I missed running, but I forgot how much I love cycling.

I am really glad that I got on my bike and got the legs turning over. I have been on a couple of runs this week and needed to move my legs today to avoid them stiffening up, cycling was the perfect solution.

The path I chose to ride today was not my usual road riding choice, but it wasn’t hard core off road either,  it was a nice compacted dirt path that runs from Mordialloc down to Patterson Lakes, there were a few sections that were a little gravelly, but for the most part it was fine. I have a road bike and it doesn’t have tyres that are conducive to riding on rough surfaces. The ride was lovely though, it was along some wetland areas, and I met a friend after 10km and then we rode back together, which was a nice mix of camaraderie and competition.

Given it my first ride out in a really long time I was happy with my performance. I wasn’t as strong as I was, but that is ok, the strength, stamina and power will build up as I begin to ride more. I will be moving back to the road in the coming week, it was only a 20km ride today, short to start with. I will build up over the next few weeks, and given that my new job is quite close to home (10km away) I plan to ride as often as I can, not only is it a great way to keep moving each day without adding to much time to the commute, I hope that it will help me get my legs in better shape after my leg lift surgery given the complications . I found that out today at a follow up appointment with my surgeon that I will need some revision surgery to get them looking right, but they need the next 6 months to reduce in swelling and for the wound sites to calm down.

So for now it is all about continuing to work of my fitness, and enjoying the process. I enjoyed today, riding with a friend, hitting my rhythm, and the most important thing with any fitness plan is finding ways to enjoy the experience, so that it has purpose, that it doesn’t feel like work and makes you want to go back for more… I think I’ll leave it there for now and look the idea of the difference that motivation can make a bit more next week,

Keep smiling, till next time – Lin xox

Safety First

Short and Sweet today, this post is very random for me! But I felt that I should write it. Today’s life lesson is about Safety, the Letter T and the number 4.

I awoke to a grey skied day with rain, rain, and a little more rain for good measure. I had a bunch of errands today and out into the grey I headed. I was a little distracted on the road, water flying everywhere, my head a jungle of thoughts, ideas and concerns. On the way up Nepean Hwy towards the City I had to brake hard, “thanks truck for swerving into my lane, very helpful!” . The tyres didn’t quite react as well as I hoped, there was a little aqua plane action, but I pulled up just in time. On Freeway home from the beautician in the afternoon, this time a “P” plate driver came into my lane unannounced and uninvited; again with the brakes, and I felt that (despite the rain) that either the brakes or the tyres weren’t just reacting like usual. I decided that I should get the tyres checked, I thought that I was possibly due to replace 2 of them. So stopping at the Highway Tyre store near home I found out that 2 were overdue, the other two were very close to the margin for replacement. My particular tyres are quite specialised in size and profile, so aren’t cheap (typical). But safety is cheaper than an accident or possible life time health complications from one. So I opted to change all 4 Tyres, straight up, just do it!

Why do I write this, I suppose with the change of seasons (and so many near misses in one day on the roads) I wanted to remind my friends and readers to remember to check the thing that keeps you on the road, and often the thing we forget or overlook.

I ended up getting a great deal from my local Tyre Centre, saving around $80 per tyre, and despite the savings, there is no price that I can place on my safety or the safety of those I share the road with.

So Lesson on Safety – Check

Number 4 (tyres) – Check

T – for Tyres and Timeliness – Check

Safe Driving out there,

Till next time – Lin. xox