Tuesday, March 15, 2011


All I want to do is bicycle, Bicycle, BICYCLE! 

Now that spring is in the air, I really wish I had my own bicycle to ride around on outside. Unfortunately, I never brought it down to school with me.

I bought my bike when I was 10 or 12 (I think? I can't really remember) with my very own money. I remember my parents told me I could have a bike if I payed for half of it by myself.....at least I think it was half (wow this story is getting lamer by the second with all this guestimation going on). Anyway, it is purple and I was (and still am) in love with it. Later in life, when I met my now best friend Sam, we discovered that we owned matching bikes (another testament to our friendship)! Our joint love of purple never ceases to amaze me. As I've gotten older the bike has done me well, but at this point I'm getting a little big for it. The seat is up all the way and my knees are getting close to the handle bars, but I'm not ready (or don't actually have the funds) to invest in a new bike.

When I decided a couple years ago that I wanted to ride my bike across the United States, I hadn't actually ridden in well over a year. Due to my lack of motivation to ride and a knee injury I'd given up on the bike in the later years of high school, but I was definitely ready to ride again. The only problem is the minute I decided to postpone the trip till after I graduated college, was the minute I got lazy again and hardly ever road (even in the summer). Sometimes I don't know what I was thinking looking back and realizing how much time I missed being outside those years.

Since I don't have my own bike with me, I have to settle for the stationary bikes at the Student Rec Center. With the amount of pain in my shins and knees lately from running, I've really been taking advantage of the bikes. Hopefully, this will also help me train for my ultimate goal.

Today's workout was just over 10 miles that took me 45 minutes. I kept alternating from an easy resistance at levels 2 or 3 for a few minutes, to more challenging (for me) levels 5 or 6. I figure my body will constantly be thrown off if I keep changing it up, which helps keep my muscles awake (right?) Plus I was super bored without my iPod for entertainment.

Hope everyone else is enjoying the spring weather! Get out on a nice bike ride!


  1. That purple bike is a good one! I know mine is from when I was 10, so yours is probably about the same age. I hope mine is still alive after sitting outside on a bike rack all winter.

  2. always good, yeah i forgot you left yours out. I hope it's still alright too so we can ride together this summer.....or at least until you leave.

  3. Orchada I think you should bike to NC. I miss you