Tuesday, February 21, 2012

3 Days--No Nausea-A Big Boo-Yah!!

My first multi-day ride in a bit. Saturday was  the Gila Bend 200k beginning and ending in Queen Creek, AZ. Just a delightful ride with Gerry from Phoenix on his CA2 and Bob and Colleen from Canada wintering in Tucson. The day was warm, the wind gentle, no mechanicals. Can't get much sweeter than that.

These three days would be continuing "study" of how I responded to the fluid and electrolyte plan Joanna Chodorowska from Nutrition-in-Motion had recommended. Between all the food intolerances I've developed over the last half-dozen years and my episode with hyponatremia that won me an overnight stay in the Douglas, AZ Hospital, coming up with a plan that can support my food-on-the-bike, fluid, and electrolyte needs has been a challenge.

Since the hyponatremia I have been so conscientious to keep my fluid intake to no more than 20 oz every 20 miles it never occurred to me that my nausea that precluded my eating solid foods other than Lays Classic Chips while on the bike could be fluid and electrolyte related.

What a great feeling to finish the 200k (126 miles), be able to eat a recovery meal, and drive 100 miles back to Tucson to hand over our one-and-only car to Kirk who had an evening obligation, AND to feel great!

Sunday I hooked up with PAC Tour near the Tucson Airport to ride with them on Day 1 of Week 1 of their seven weeks of Desert Camp. Always fun to see old PAC friends.
Joe and me readying for ride out

Susan and Lon
We rode through the Tucson Mountain Park, past Picacho Peak, through Eloy, which must certainly be trying out for ghost town status, and on into Casa Grande.

I love being able to call all these part home, now. It's the best.
Christopher, Parker and Josephine

 I would ride back to Tucson on Monday solo while the others would head on to Gila Bend and then Wickenburg before returning to Tucson by the same route to Tucson.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cycle of Life

Jen on Mt. Lemmon
Border Close

Another Glorious Sunset

I can ride virtually 365 days a year, something like 350 of them are sunny.  There is no end to the hills to be climbed, vistas to rapture, and good folks with whom to share the ride nearly any day, any time. Scarce can take in my good fortune.

I've found a home with with GABA, the Cactus Cycling Club,  the Tuesday morning Mt. Lemmon riders, Mark Doumas' Bike and Breakfast Club, the Tucson Recumbent Riders and the AZ Randonneurs.

I rode my first El Tour, my first brevets with the AZ Randonneurs, my first Permanent ever (from Tucson to Phoenix), and the Picacho Metric Century. I'll be leading my first GABA ride this Thursday with a promise to lead some more for both GABA and Cactus. I've been asked by GABA to be their Outreach Coordinator helping GABA to be recognized as Everyone's Bicycle Club--Where Cycling Is More Than Just Riding A Bike.

I've attended meetings of the Bicycle Advisory Committee, the Living Streets Alliance, and the Pima Association of Governments Pedestrian Safety Task Force and have my fingers crossed I'll be volunteering out of the RAAM headquarters here in Tucson.

I had the privilege of beta testing Robin's prototype trike which he hopes to patent that's designed to equalize the bentrider's climbing ability, and I launched a movie group where we'll view cycling related movies like Bicycle Dreams and share our own cycling goals and challenges. Hopefully we can help support each other in achieving those goals and reducing the challenges.

Looking forward to continuing to share the road with you.

Wrapping Up 40 years and 2011

Sunset over the Tucson Mountains
I've found it hard to return to Blog Life. Don't know what that's quite all about, but could be that 2011 saw us wrap us 40 years in Chicago, the same 40 years when and where we birthed 3 babies and watched them with joy and gratitude grow up, leave home, graduate from a lot of places, marry awesome people, launch their own careers, and birth 6 grandchildren (one more will join our family on March 6th, not many days from now).

2011 saw us travel 12,400 miles to get from Chicago to Tucson (you can track that journey on our 99 Day Trek To Tucson Blog), and basically start brand new lives in retirement.

Both of us have had a serious case of the travel bug for years, but no longer. We are home, home at 2399 E. Blue Diamond, home in Tucson, home in our church, home in Rotary, home in the mountains, home in the heat, home in the desert, and home on the roads over my two wheels.

I lost some miles in 2011, not because of our 12,400 car trip, but because of my broken foot. Ended 2011 with 10,542. Would have made my 12,000 mile goal if I'd had an intact foot.