The Ins and Outs of an Ordinary Life

Friday, July 23, 2010

10 Miles

New helmet.... $55
Bike repairs and new handle bar tape...... $180
New bike gloves....... $25
New prescription protective eyewear..... $320 (and that's with my 42% discount since I'm in the business!)
Getting back on the bike, going for a ride with DH on a really beautiful summer evening..... PRICELESS !!

Saturday, July 17, 2010


My Road to Recovery has made a paradigm shift. Instead of thinking about what I cannot do, I am now focusing on what I can do. The shift started in the gym a few days ago, with 30 minutes on the elliptical to see what would happen when I raised my heart rate. Neither my heart nor my head exploded, I stayed upright, and I felt good if not great. The next day I took a spin class with similar results, except that I felt great! After 4 weeks of no exercise I did notice that my heart rate did not recover as quickly as I would like, but I am sure that will come back with a little effort. But I felt comfortable enough to contemplate getting back on my bike this week. Now about getting back on my bike, many people have asked me if I am afraid to get back on my bike, especially since it has been 4 weeks since my crash. The answer is I don’t think so, but the truth is I really haven’t had to answer that question truthfully because I cannot even consider getting back on my bike until all the dizziness is completely gone. In the last few days I seem to have turned that corner, and if the dizziness does not return, then I plan to get back on my bike this weekend. But here’s the shift part. Even if I cannot get back on my bike (whether it’s physical or mental), there is so much that I can do to get back in the game. I am going to start lifting again, and throwing in an assortment of cardio, etc. I have shifted out of couch potato into active lifestyle person of great worth. I have also discovered that once I made that shift, turned off the TV and packed my gym bag, I also started thinking more about good food. The good karma is cascading! It will take more time to get back to where I was, but I’m on my way.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Thank you RecSpec

Cyclists love eyewear, whether or not they wear glasses and/or contact lenses. I don' t know if many of my cycling friends would describe their eyewear as "protective." Most of them wear them to keep bugs and dirt out of their eyes. I had been content to just wear my everyday glasses until about a year ago. For whatever reason, I decided to invest in a pair of prescription sunglasses that would provide more protection and look good. I was wearing them when I crashed and I am sure glad I was. I was so thankful that I was wearing my helmet, that I wasn't really thinking about the glasses. A few days ago I took a good look at them and once again I realized that the outcome would have been far worse if I wasn't wearing them. The frame isn't even bent, but most of the paint has been scraped off the frame and the lenses are deeply gouged. Thank you Liberty Optical for the RecSpec! Today I ordered not 1 but 2 replacement pair; one pair has dark grey lenses, real sunglasses for the bright sunny days and the other has transition lenses that get darker in the sun, for all the other days when the sunglasses are too dark. Please consider whether you need protective eyewear! Your vision is worth the investment!

Monday, July 05, 2010

Whole Lotta Nuthin Going On

It's been 2.5 weeks since my crash, and I have spent most of my time doing..... not much. I did go back to work this past week, and while it was mostly okay, it did wear me down. I still get dizzy at times, nothing terrible, but enough to keep me in low gear. I am learning that brains need sleep, and given the opportunity, I sleep a little bit more than I would normally, and I have been sleeping well. I am trying to slowly decrease the degree of nothingness in my daily life without overdoing the amount of somethingness. This holiday weekend also gave me the chance to get out and about and interact with some friends and that made me happy!
I have not worked out at all since the crash. My goal for this week is to see what happens when I elevate my heart rate. Obviously I need to do that in a safe environment, where I won't hit the pavement or drown if I start to feel like I am doing cartwheels. Slowly but surely, I am on the road to recovery.