Bicycling and Going Crazy

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I started bicycling a couple of months ago and I love it.  I enjoy the challenge of rough terrain and flying down steep hills.  However, there are a few drawbacks.

For women, frequent bike riding massively increases your risk of urinary tract infection (UTI).  I discovered this fact the hard way.  After doing a some internet research, I learned how to lower that risk.  Thank goodness for that, because UTIs are annoying and uncomfortable.

Another thing I learned the hard way, saddle sores are actually blisters that develop in the crotch area.  Saddle sore sounds rather innocuous and does not adequately portray the amount of pain and discomfort this ailment can cause.

Yesterday, I went to Harvest Nature Preserve for some off-road bike riding.  The trail starts out as gravel and then turns into dirt as you enter the woods.  Since there is a lake and a few creeks in the area, there are also several wooden bridges.

I was in the woods and going down a hill with a sharp curve at the bottom.  Unfortunately, I was going to fast when I tried to turn.  My bike started to slide a bit and I slammed into a tree, which caused me to fall off the bike and land partially on a thorn bush and partially in a mud puddle.

I ended up with numerous small cuts on my hands, arms, and legs.  I also have several small bruises on my legs and one massive bruise that is 4 inches in diameter.

To top it off, when I got home I discovered a tick on my calf muscle.  Mom helped me get the tick off and then we flushed it down the toilet.

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All in all, I had a blast yesterday and plan to do it again.  I still enjoy bicycling, in spite of my injuries, sores, and infections.  Maybe I am crazy, but I think biking is a ton of fun.

 

I Love America 5k and Liberty 1 Mile Fun Run

Today, I completed the I Love America 5K.  Also, Gwen completed the Liberty 1 Mile Fun Run, which was her first charity race.  Both races were sponsored by Whitesburg Christian Academy, in Huntsville, Alabama.

I was so proud of Gwen.  Completing your first charity race can be a bit nerve racking.  There a lot of things happening at the same time and it’s all brand new to you.  However, Gwen didn’t seem nervous at all, actually she took off like a pro.

She also finished like a pro.  Way to go Gwen!

Staggering to the Finish Line

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Saturday night, I participated in the “Light Up The Night 5k” charity race. Even though it was only 3 weeks after my surgery, I thought I would be fine.  I felt good that day and did well during the first mile.

However, I started getting dizzy near the 1 mile mark.  I slowed down my pace, but the dizziness just kept getting worse.

I refused to quit, so I just kept on walking.  At times, I staggered and stumbled on the road.  Moving my head or even my eyes made it worse.  Lights were also difficult and I felt like my head was spinning.

An hour had passed and I still wasn’t at the finished line.  My family was concerned, so Gwen took off in an attempt to find me.  She located me as I was turning to make the final stretch to the finish line.

I told Gwen what was going on and she offered to help.  She grabbed my hand and walked with me for the rest of the race.  I kept my head down and tried to avoid doing anything that would make me feel worse.  At times I would close my eyes and relied on Gwen to keep me from getting hurt.

We crossed the finish line and a doctor approached us.  He started to check my pulse and asked about my breathing.  I told him about my surgery and said I was just dizzy.  The doctor made sure I had a chair and hung around for a while to ensure nothing serious was going on with me.

I felt miserable that night, but I am glad I completed the race with Gwen’s help.

 

5th Race Completed

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I completed my fifth charity race today.  The race was called “Out Run Hunger.”  It raised money for House of Harvest, which is a food pantry in Harvest, Alabama.

At the end of a race, I always feel like I am about to puke.  However, there is something about crossing that finish line and hearing people congratulate me for completing the race.  It motivates me to workout more, so I can improve my time.  It also makes me excited for the next race.

This is how my race schedule has gone so far:

  • 1st race was 1 mile and I came in last
  • 2nd race was 5k and I came in last
  • 3rd race was 5k and I came in second to last
  • 4th race was 4k and there were 6 people that finished after me
  • 5th race was 5k and I came in last

 

Planet Fitness Review

I have heard some people criticize Planet Fitness.  The gym only has basic weight machines and cardio machines.  There is a bucket of tootsie rolls at the check-in counter.  They use a lunk alarm if you make to much noise.  All these things are true.

However, I like Planet Fitness.  I feel more confutable there, since they cater to those who are not typical gym users.  I feel intimidated going into most gyms.  I don’t say that to accuse anyone in those gyms.  I have never had a bad experience at any gym.

I see people that are so far ahead of me in the fitness arena and I feel inadequate.  I know it’s a personal issue and I need to work on it.  Being able to go to Planet Fitness has helped me overcome those feelings.

That’s why I enjoy Planet Fitness.  If you have any experience with Planet Fitness, good or bad, tell me about it.  I would like to know what other people think about this gym.

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