New Goal

I’ve been trying to exercise.  It’s never been something I like to do.  Plus, I have two kids, not a lot of daycare options and I work.  Now with daylight savings turning my skies dark so early, it’s even harder.  But lately I think I NEED to work out.  Or maybe I just NEED to get out of my house.  I’m trying to be proactive and save my mental health…  So my neighbor and I started going for hikes about once a week while my mom watches the kids.  He’s usually up for anything with no notice and he’s not as much of a wimp as me so it works out perfectly.

Two weeks ago we decided to ride bikes to the beach instead.  I don’t live too far , but we went to the furthest spot we could while staying in our city.  And we took a short cut which ended up being the opposite.  Ends up we rode almost 12 miles.  I made it on my beach cruiser (it has gears) and wasn’t even sore.  Twelve miles sounded like a lot to me so I was pretty pumped up about it.  This last weekend we upped the ante and decided to ride to Foster Park which is on the way to the next city.  I figured it would be 18-20 miles round trip.  Ends up it was 22.5 miles and we made it!  Yay!!

My adorable, but heavy, bike

On my way, pedalling my ass off on my heavy beach cruiser, my neighbor mentions that I’m working really hard on my bike while he’s basically gliding on his.  I decided I need a new bike.  I wondered how far I could go on a better bike.  My mind started wandering and I got this goal in my head.  I’m sort of scared to bring it up to anyone in case I don’t realize it, but I think I want to do next year’s Ride to Cure Diabetes.  You can do 30, 60 or 100 mile rides.  I’m thinking 60 sounds good but a co-worker I mentioned it to thinks I should go big and try 100.  I’m definitely not going to get ahead of myself (yet) though.  I still need a better bike.  And Christmas is coming.  And I’m broke.  BUT… If I can figure something out to get a pretty decent bike, I’m going for it.  I’ll have a full year to get ready.


7 Responses

  1. Bike shopping is FUN, but I love your old bike! It’s so cute! But I can imagine hard to ride! Good luck with your goal!

  2. My son is 14 and was DX’d this year as well. It will be 1 yr on Nov 30th. Dam that year went by fast.

    I have had the exact same thought about riding in one of the JDRF events. I was actually motivated enough to go out and buy a bike to start riding. By the way, in addition to the bike itself there are a lot of other things to buy. Shoes, helmet, clothes ect.

    I too was scared to bring this idea up to anyone in case I don’t realize it. In fact I’ve only mentioned it now to you and to @woodonwheels.

    Anyway I’m not sure if ill actually do it or not but it is a great idea. I say go for it!

    Typically states put together teams for this but it would be cool if someone from the DOC organized this and then everyone interested could ride in the same event.

    The fund raising commitment is pretty steep. $3,000 minimum I think

    • You should do it! I think it should be ok being that I have a year. Getting a new bike is definitely my biggest hurdle.
      I was actually a little worried about the fundraising amount, but I think it’ll be ok. I spoke to a guy I work with about it. His suggestion is that I start writing NOW about everything surrounding my goal and getting started in order to get people engaged and aware that I’m going to hit them up for money.
      When we’ve participated in the Walk to Cure Diabetes we’ve raised over $2k (which is the lowest commitment for the Ride) both times between my mom and I. Since she won’t be doing the Ride, she’ll fundraise for me as well. Where do you live? Which Ride would you be doing if you do it?

      • I live in Illinois. Not sure which ride for sure but the Death Valley one looks cool. I think it would be fun if a bunch of people from the DOC all participated in the same one.

        Please organize that! jk…..

  3. Cool! Death Valley is the closest to me so I’m assuming that’s the one I’ll do!

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