Not your average cyclist...
I'm a 45-year-old woman, 40 pounds overweight, and I LOVE cycling! I've been cycling all my life, although the amount has varied greatly depending on how often someone can take care of my kids. (I homeschool.) Right now I manage two to four times per week. My usual route is right out of my house, 8.5 miles. There is almost no flat land around here, but each time I conquer a hill I feel good! It's also very scenic. I live in a rural area of upstate New York. Even though I ride along "major" roadways, I usually don't encounter more than 3 cars in an hour. There are no tall buildings, so I see plenty of sky. My favorite time to ride is when the sun is just rising or setting. The sky turns all sorts of colors. When the sun is really low in the sky, all the yard-high grass alongside the roads turns golden, and I see the shadow of myself and my bicycle seeming to ride along in the grass. I almost always see deer, and sometimes turkeys, rabbits, and other wildlife. I nod my head at the people I pass, and they always wave back. When no one is looking, I'll sometimes wave my bicycle back and forth along the road, just like a kid. And I love to go fast down hill. I find that cycling is the perfect speed to see the world.
Right now I ride a GT Streamline bike. It's light blue. I had the bike shop put shields over the tires (I don't know what they're actually called) because I ride even in the rain, and otherwise I get a mud stripe up and down me like an inverse skunk! Sometimes I wear a helmet and sometimes I don't.
My cycling hero is even less your average cyclist. It's a woman in my neighborhood who is 83 years old and rides her bicycle every day, every season. Usually when it's below the 40's, I give up. But I've seen this lovely lady bundled up and riding the roads when it's in the 20's. (She's really sweet, too.) I have been organizing bike-a-thons for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for years, and she's always there!
My other hobbies are reading, listening to talk radio, taking long walks through the woods with my dogs, and singing in a women's barbershop quartet. If I could, I'd add tennis and boating. I'm mostly a stay-at-home mom (youngest is 4), but I also do freelance writing and secretarial work. I'm happily married.
Sounds like a wonderful place to ride.
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I loved reading your intro! Thank you. I'm also a 40-lb overweight mother of three kids, and thankfully they are all finally old enough for us to go riding together and me not worry that they can't ride defensively (our community is not very bike friendly - too many teenagers driving brand new fast cars and big pickups - I don't know what their parents are thinking?!).
I live in West Texas, and can ride out of town and also see big sky and lots of nothing - but it feels exhilarating. However - we have to ride up highway overpasses to get any sort of hills!!!
Singing in a barbershop quartet - WOW! I would love to hear you sing sometime! Personally I've never heard of a female version. Thanks again for sharing!
Ride on !! They are called fenders, just like on a car.
Welcome to the forums. Your ride sounds perfect!!
Thanks for your note!
If you live in Texas, I doubt if you'll ever hear me sing! However, there are female barbershop quartets and quartet choruses all over the world! Most of us belong to Sweet Adelines, International, which has chapters in every state. If you go to the Sweet Adelines website, you can find where the closest group is to you, and ask them when they'll be performing next. ...To be perfectly honest, though, I prefer listening to the men!