New Love Life

Thursday, April 28, 2011

I never owned a bicycle as a child. I had access to sibling's bikes but never had one of my own. I remember that I loved riding bikes. I loved climbing up the steep hills and bombing down as fast as I dared to go. It was best if you could do it without holding on.
The love affair was reawakened in me when I finally got my very first bike as an adult.
My first bike was a Shopko special, a blue Roadmaster. Jeff and I happened to be in Shopko and he said to me, "We should get bikes and ride with the kids." So we bought a couple of bikes. I was so out of shape that I could hardly ride a 1/2 block before my legs felt like jello. This was the summer of 1992, Shaunie was 5 years old at the time, Amelia was 9, and Jennifer was 13.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Excess is Necessary

Jacques Goddet, a French sports journalist and director of the Tour de France from 1936 to 1986, told riders “it's necessary to keep an inhuman side to the Tour. Excess is necessary.”
I believe if you want to succeed at anything you have to make a serious commitment, sometimes "Excess is necessary."

I have always been a little over the top when I get passionate about something. I was blessed with an over abundance of self confidence. There isn't anything I can't do if I set my mind to it and have God as a partner. What gets me into trouble is when I think I can do it all by myself.

I intend to use this space to report on my training and other excessive endeavors on my bikes and other areas of my life. My biking history will follow in the next few days.