The Long Run

As much as I like to dictate to my body what it should do, as I get older I’m noticing it doesn’t always want to cooperate the way it used to. Last year, I rode myself into a serious case of tendonitis in my knee that limited my on-bike time for a few months. It was a classic case of mind versus body, with the body eventually having the final word and saying “enough”.

It was a classic case of mind versus body, with the body eventually having the final word and saying “enough”.

With the help of a good physical therapist and a wonderful wife that reminded me on a daily basis to not push too hard, I eventually healed up and I’ve had a few months of relatively pain-free riding… until this week. I’m not sure when it began, but somewhere along the way I started riding harder and started taking fewer rest days off the bike. On top of it, I fell back into my old habit of ignoring my body’s signals, and when my knee started getting sore a couple of weeks ago, I looked the other way and convinced myself one or two days off the bike would be enough. Well, it wasn’t.

To make a long story short, I ended up laid-up over the weekend, off the bike again, and sorely P.O.’d at myself for making the same mistake that I made just last year.

The good news is that I now have more weapons to combat my knee pain in the form of stretching and strengthening exercises picked up from my physical therapy sessions last year. Even though the pain for the first couple of days was as bad as last time around, I’m recovering much more quickly and I’m already back to walking a fair distance every day. I should be back on the bike within a week if things continue to progress along at this pace.

This recent episode got me questioning why it happened again and what I might learn from the experience. Why can’t I slow down and take a break when I should? Why do I have to push my body to the point of injury before I can excuse myself for taking day off?

The reason, of course, is this commitment I’ve made to myself, this—I hate to say it—obsession with minimizing my car-time and getting where I need to go using as little energy as possible. And the solution to my problem, of course, is a little moderation. I need to ease up and take a few rest days if my body is hurting. I need to not mentally beat myself up for “wimping out” and accepting a lift to the train station. I need to give myself permission to conserve my body so I can keep doing this until I’m 90 years old. And most importantly, I need to remember that it’s not what happens this week or the next, but what happens over the long run, that really counts.

Transit in Trouble

Transportation for America has created a Google map that shows service cuts, fare increases, and job losses related to transit cutbacks.

With ridership at record highs, transit agencies across the country are facing unprecedented fiscal crises in this economic downturn, with many considering layoffs, service cuts and fare hikes that are hitting at the worst possible time, a compilation of nationwide data shows. This map, compiled from nationwide media coverage of proposed cuts, highlights 38 communities across the U.S. that face job cuts, service reductions and fare hikes, but will receive no assistance under the current recovery proposals before Congress to prevent these painful cuts.

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Someone Stole My Bike

“Someone Stole My Bike” is a new website that documents the stories of people who have had their bikes stolen. The short interviews — most are less than a minute long — are quite entertaining in a sort of “rubber-necking” kind of way.

Someone Stole My Bike

Trek Stop

This is old news, but I just ran across it and thought it was pretty cool.

Trek Stop is a 24/7/365 convenience center for cyclists which provides access to cycling products, information and a safe place to work on your bike. Need a tube at midnight? Need some air on the way to your morning commute? Not sure of the best route to get where you’re going? Need a poncho, some wetwipes, or a power bar?

Trek Stop’s got you covered . This full service vending machine is stocked with bicycle products, food and cold drinks, and features an information center which includes maps, a message board, and advertising space for local events and announcements. There’s also a covered maintenance area with a work stand, free air, and even how-to videos a cyclist can play with the push of a button just in case their having trouble fixing that flat or repairing their chain.

The idea for Trek Stop came about a few years ago, when the Advanced Concept Group (ACG) at Trek Bikes, a crew of industrial designers led by Mike Hammond, began thinking of ways to make bicycle commuting more viable.

“Motorists have it easy,” says Hammond. “Gas stations, convenience stores, auto parts stores, tow trucks—you name it. The support network for cars far outclasses cyclists. The Trek Stop aims to change that by breaking down some of the ‘worries’ attached to cycling.”

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Inaugural Bike Valets

Volunteers from the Washington Area Bicyclist Association parked over 2000 bikes during the recent inaugural festivities.

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Commuter Bike for the Masses

Image © Bicycle Design

Torkel Dohmer’s recumbent design took top honors in Bicycle Design’s “Commuter Bike for the Masses” design competition. I was pleasantly surprised to see a recumbent chosen as the winner since they typically don’t garner much respect within the mainstream cycling community.

Torkel will receive a Cannondale Bad Boy 700 for his efforts.

Read about it here


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