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Old 04-12-08, 11:14 PM   #1
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A ride for Dad

I rode my bike today. I am still almost numb with grief, and still have moments of anguish, as I face the reality of losing my dad so tragically and so suddenly. Yet, I am beginning to enjoy moments of pleasure that I could not have imagined last week, and he would not be pleased with me just sitting around the house. He always encouraged me to get out among others and get involved with people, just as he did. He enjoyed exercise and encouraged us to do it also.

This ride was for Dad. It was an easy, pleasant ride (except for occasional shifting mishaps), and I thought about him the entire time. Sometimes my mind was lost in thoughts of him and I didn't keep up with Hubby or even notice how far back I lagged.

I expected to feel weak after not exercising at all for 2 weeks and eating about half what I normally do (and losing 3 pounds to show for it). Yet, the rest seemed to do me good and gave the tendonitis in my knees time to heal.

No pictures today, just an easy 20 miles on a beautiful, warm, sunny day. Today, it was all about Dad.

Here's a short ride report on my blog.
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Glad to hear you got back out on the bike & yes you are correct that is what your dad would want you to do.

There is something about riding a bike that those that don't do it can't understand, it gives you that time to think, to enjoy the outdoors & get in shape at the same time.

I'm glad you & your dad went out on a bike ride because you know he was there with you.

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.......something about the first day of the rest of your life........
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I lost my mom very suddenly in a car accident 15 years ago, she was will get better Yen, just allow yourself to enjoy the things in life that bring you pleasure. Happy riding.
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Old 04-13-08, 10:25 PM   #6
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That's a really beautiful blog entry, Jen. It may sound like a strange thing to say, but you're a lucky person.

Your Dad lived a long and active life, and the fact that you are already out and about again, thinking of him and drawing inspiration from his memory is testament to the joy and benefit he's given you.

You are an inspiration yourself. Unconditional love, respect and honour shines out from your words!
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Old 04-13-08, 11:33 PM   #7
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Ka diho! God Bless!

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Old 04-14-08, 08:57 AM   #8
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Yen, So sorry for your loss. Hopefully, time is a healer and bicycling is a great way to pass the time.
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I lost my 87-year-old dad six months ago, and still think about him every day. The great thing about memories is, after a little time, you only remember the good stuff.
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Old 04-14-08, 03:57 PM   #10
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Keep those rides like that up Yen. As a Dad with daughters there will always be a very, very special spot in my heart for those gals-and I know your Dad had to feel the same way.
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Way to go Yen. One day at a time.
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Hi Yen,

So glad to hear that you are back on the bike. Take care of yourself.
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