Bike Summer Games

Okay, you’d think after my wild ride on Friday (and the subsequent Day O’Pain that I experienced yesterday) I’d have put the riding behind me for a while, but no such luck.

I’m off today to take advantage of the 70’s temps & the lovely breeze (thank you, Minnesota, for returning to your usual Summer weather sanity after the madness of last week…)

My bike at Como Park

I’ll try to ride out the kinks.  I swear, a day without riding and my joints get very testy.

And, on top of that, I had some DELICIOUS risotto from Trader Joe’s yesterday that Hannah was making for herself and Max, but unfortunately it contained wheat and I was laid LOW all evening with my flu-like fibro flare up.  Damn.  It doesn’t take much.

But back to the biking!

One biking website I like quite is bit is Let’s Go Ride A Bike (LGRAB) and, although I haven’t participated before, I’m going to participate in the LGRAB Summer Bike Games!

It’s pretty easy, and not physically challenging at all, something I can do without breaking a sweat.  Although, let’s face it, this summer you can’t do ANYTHING without breaking a sweat!

Here are the 10 events, completion of at least 4 is required to qualify.

  1. on vacation? rent a bike and go for a ride!
  2. write a letter advocating for bicycling infrastructure (bike lanes, bike rack, etc) to your alderman/council representative, mayor, or a local business.
  3. take a picture of something along your commute that says “summer” to you, and explain why
  4. commute to work by bike or bike/transit if you don’t already
  5. perform a maintenance task on your bike
  6. explore a greenway or bike path in your city that you haven’t previously visited
  7. test ride a different type of bike than you normally ride (road bike, mountain bike, etc.)
  8. read a book about cycling
  9. ride your bike somewhere new in your city
  10. go on a group ride

The only hard part is that I have to do the 4 between 2 set dates (7/22 and 8/4)  I’ve done most of these already, but now I guess I’ll re-do some of them!

Today I’m going to accomplish several criteria:

  • ride to someplace NEW (#9 – Como Park),
  • do some minor maintenance work on my bike (#5 – fix my broken basket)
  • explore a greenway that’s new (#6 Como Transitway to Mpls)
  • take a picture (#3 – my camera is ready!)

…and in so doing I’m going to get myself BACK to a pain free place.  I am. Really.  I promise.

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