Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 12 of 12

Thread: A ride for Dad

  1. #1
    Yen
    Yen is offline
    Surly Girly Yen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    4,105
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    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.
    Specialized Roubaix Expert
    Surly Long Haul Trucker

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Milehi
    My Bikes
    Raleigh SC30
    Posts
    286
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

    2007 Specialized Roubaix

  3. #3
    Senior Member Wildwood's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Seattle area
    Posts
    2,687
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    .......something about the first day of the rest of your life........

  4. #4
    Team Poseur Metric Man's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Beaumont, CA
    My Bikes
    2012 Motobecane Ti SRAM Red/2008 Trek Madone SRAM Force
    Posts
    1,341
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I lost my mom very suddenly in a car accident 15 years ago, she was 55...it will get better Yen, just allow yourself to enjoy the things in life that bring you pleasure. Happy riding.
    The thoughts and opinions expressed by this poster are his own and should not be misconstrued as gospel. They are and were not meant to inflame, enrage or otherwise tick anyone off, usually.
    2012 Ti Motobecane with SRAM Red 2013~2008 Trek Madone with SRAM Force~2010 Specialized Hardrock 29er~2006 Trek 4300~Garmin 800 CTR
    Mark

  5. #5
    Senior Member cooking14's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    I live in hot TX
    My Bikes
    Roleigh SC7
    Posts
    49
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    riding is the best thing you can.
    I can , I will , I did it cooool

  6. #6
    Senior Member Catweazle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Sale, Victoria, Australia
    Posts
    663
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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!

  7. #7
    Fred E Fenders fthomas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    S. California - Again!
    My Bikes
    Randonee
    Posts
    1,071
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Jen

    Ka diho! God Bless!

    He is first!
    F Thomas

    "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving."
    Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    N. California
    Posts
    1,410
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yen, So sorry for your loss. Hopefully, time is a healer and bicycling is a great way to pass the time.

  9. #9
    Clipless faller rainycamp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Austin, TX
    My Bikes
    2008 Specialized Allez Elite Compact, 1981 Raleigh Super Record 10-sp, Trek 4900 MTB
    Posts
    267
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yen,
    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.
    2008 Specialized Allez Elite Compact
    1981 Raleigh Super Record
    Trek 4900 MTB
    My blog: "Bike Noob" http://bikenoob.wordpress.com

  10. #10
    Let's do a Century jppe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    North Carolina
    My Bikes
    Pinarello Prince/Campy SR; Cervelo R3/Sram Red; Trek 5900/Duraace, Cervelo P2C/Duraace
    Posts
    6,156
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  11. #11
    Senior Member tntom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Knoxville, Tn.
    My Bikes
    Felt Z35
    Posts
    397
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Way to go Yen. One day at a time.

  12. #12
    My other car is a bike TruF's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Wine Country, 1 hour north of San Francisco
    My Bikes
    Specialized Ruby
    Posts
    1,304
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hi Yen,

    So glad to hear that you are back on the bike. Take care of yourself.
    Embrace diversity: hug a conservative.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •