#30DaysofBiking 2015: I’m Rolling

So far so good for the annual 30 Days of Biking challenge. It’s April 8 and I’ve ridden my bike every day. That’s sort of a “duh”, usually, at least on weekdays since I ride every day either all the way to work or to the bus stop if I need to capture the email […]

To Track or Not to Track: A Blogspedition

I believe I’ve landed firmly in the “tracking” camp, after a few moments of Zen clarity about non-attachment, the joy of bicycling, living in the moment, and letting go of a very Western mileage-as-accomplishment attitude. I like to record my bike mileage. I don’t go all-out intense/obsessive (at least not in this arena). I just like […]

#30DaysofBiking: Halfway Mark Plus One

30 Days of Biking is going swimmingly this year — or is that a mixed metaphor of sorts? I’ve been on my bike every day so far and putting in lots of miles. I traveled for several days but it was for bike events so that made it easy to keep going. Here’s the round-up […]

#30DaysofBiking, #30words, #30pix

In the major leagues batting .500 would be worth millions. In 30 Days of Biking, it means I didn’t get on my bike every single day in some of my attempts in the past couple of years since I heard of the event and started signing up. That’s okay, because some things really are bigger […]

Faster, Higher, Stronger

Yesterday was a red-letter day: I rode my bike for the full round trip to and from work for the first time since we moved so much farther from the office. When I rode to work the first Monday after we moved it took me something like 1:40 to go just over 11 miles for […]

I Suppose It Takes All Kinds: Musings on Human Behavior

Sad to say I had my first jerk encounter with a Seattle driver during my first week of a much longer bike commute. The happy part is that I’ve lived in Seattle a full 9 months and this is the first negative interaction I’ve had with a driver of any kind. To date no one […]

Win a Nuu-Muu! (I Heart Nuu-Muus)

Come summer I live in a Nuu-Muu. That’s the adorable-and-practical little exercise dress made by some great women based in Bellingham, Washington. Made for you to move in, so they dry quickly if you sweat or if you put them on over a wet swimsuit, and cute enough for you to walk into lots of […]

Bike to Work Week 2013: Quite a Change

For the past 5 years of my life (and more, actually–starting with our first Spokane organizing meetings in Nov. 2007), Bike to Work Week has been a major highlight (and workload) of my volunteer life as a bike advocate. So now that I’m working full-time in bike advocacy what did I do the first two […]

30 Days of Biking April 2013: Almost Halfway Ride Report

April has not worked well for me in past attempts to complete 30 Days of Biking for various reasons–some of them good ones. I got a running start on April 2013 by riding my bike every day March 17-March 30 (I didn’t ride March 31–gave myself permission to take a day off before heading into […]

It Is Always Better to Ride than Not to Ride

The tough part of 30 Days of Biking for me isn’t the workdays–those rides are long-established habit. The tough part is the weekend. That’s the point, really. It’s easy to settle into habits of whatever kind and committing to doing something every single day will shake things up. Setting up any kind of challenge, whether it’s […]

30 Days of Biking 2013: Yes We Can!

I’ve had an up-and-down relationship with 30 Days of Biking. This biking community-building event, now in its fourth year, asks one simple thing: ride your bike every day. Sometimes my up-and-down with this event refers to a day that involves a lot of hills. Sometimes it refers to a life situation that unavoidably affects my riding. Just […]

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