Welcome! I’m glad you found my blog. I’ve been biking for a small handful of years now after being “kicked out” of running after a number of foot and leg issues. Like most things I do, I jumped headfirst into cycling once I was given the “ok” to start riding. I started on a handbike when I couldn’t walk, and then went all-in on traditional cycling in the fall of 2013. This blog talks about my adventures, triumphs, setbacks, and things I’ve learned along the way.
Hopefully you’ll find the blog both entertaining and educational.
You can read the blog in two ways — one is scrolling around and choosing posts to read that look interesting. The other way is to scroll alllll the way down to the bottom of the main page and see the “Categories” listed there. You can use that, or the search bar, to hone in on certain topics in which you’re interested. If you don’t see something you want to know more about, shoot me a note using the “Contact” link in the header. I enjoy blog requests!
When I started cycling, I quickly ramped up my mileages and found that I loved was well suited for long distance cycling. I tend to feel my best after about 4 hours on the bike, and don’t have a good sprint in me to save my life. I went from doing my first roadie and gravel centuries in 2015 to riding gravel ultras in 2016. I’m still close enough to being a “newbie” to remember some of the questions I had, but also have enough miles under my belt to feel like I can give advice on a topic or two.
I’m no stranger to setbacks and challenges, and it wasn’t just the handbike thing I mentioned above. In the summer of 2017 I had lumbar spinal fusion, with the doctor making large incisions in both my abdomen and back to fortify and fuse L5-S1 from both sides. Maybe you found my blog because of that – great! I try to tell the good and bad side of recovery to hopefully show others what recovery can be like.
Early 2018 has me sorting through some other circulatory challenges — the fun never ends, right?! I’m trying to stay positive and accept the situation, focusing on the concept that “progress is perfection” and that moving forward by any means I can is good enough for now.