Category Archives: Milestones

A new passenger

Day 168
By foot

So, by the way, when Bike Denver first contacted me about the heroics in December, I was like “Yeehaw, that’s me!” But then, when late January rolled around and it was interview time, I was like, “Hey guys, I don’t feel like much of a bike hero, you should pick someone else.”

And that’s because this girl was under Doc’s orders to lay low and keep my feet on the ground for the better part of these past two months. As much as it sucked, there’s actually a wonderful reason behind this strict new regimen: I’m going to have a baby come August! (!!!)

Ah, it’s such a relief to finally share this news with you.

For a while there, I had overdone it a little and I understood the need to rest. While I still don’t own a car, I’ve been hopping aboard the carpool to work and back, accepting rides and occasionally borrowing one.

Now, I have the green light to exercise again, but my doc would prefer that I stayed off the bike commuting for the course of this pregnancy.

My initial reaction? Disobey.

I found an abundance of articles in the blogosphere on my side:

Bicycling Magazine’s Cycling for Women: Riding While Pregnant chapter

The Guardian’s Green Living Blog: Cycling While Pregnant Prepares Your Body for the Uphill Battle of Childbirth

Simply Bike’s Biking While Pregnant profiles

On the other hand, the doc is simply trying to keep me out of harm’s way and warning me that my center of gravity is changing.

I also get a lot of lectures lately from well-meaning friends who say things like: Its important to follow your doctor’s orders. Your body isn’t your own anymore. God forbid you fall!

Of course, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject, too.

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The shape I’m in

Day 72
15 miles

So, I’ve noticed something: I’m faster. My friend Joe said it would happen after a few months of cycling and, indeed, it finally HAS. And it’s awesome.

I’ve been following the menfolk of this challenge, and they’re just dropping L-Bs left and right, but it wasn’t like that for me at first. At last, I can report that this has changed a little bit and that I’m down 10.

But I would really be remiss if I didn’t tell y’all the super exciting news: I’m the new editor of the Greater Park Hill News – the hyperlocal monthly rag in my ‘hood – effective next year. It’s a dream job, part-time and I’m just excited to take up the gauntlet of improving its content and format. (The Capitol gig is still on and starts tomorrow.)

I’ll tell you what, everything’s coming up roses and I’m stopping to smell them on my bicycle.

 

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Lucky socks

Day 62
7 miles

Ride on! Right on!

A wonderful little envelope arrived in the mail yesterday from Impresario Kowal, stuffed with a pair of striped, knee-high Tour de Fat wool socks.

“With warm wishes for your tootsies!” the envelope read.

Little did I know that when I slipped these babies on they were going to become my new lucky socks.

Darn lucky! I wore them today and got a new job.

Erin Vanderberg

My soon-to-be daytime roof

 

To the left there, that’s my new daytime home. Isn’t it lovely?

I also wore the socks to the Bike Depot’s Volunteer Orientation. Here’s to new beginnings!

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