Car Free Update-week one
Today ends my first week of not driving a car at all. I put 98 miles on my bike, got into a wreck, 2 flats and rode through a rainstorm.
I also feel better at work than ever, am amazed by what my body can handle, am confident on my bike, explored a my neighborhood and am generally happier.
The week started out uneventfully…light rain, easy enough commutes. Tuesday I went grocery shopping for the first time by bike. It was a heavy load, but made me realize that i will probably never again impulse buy…no room! I bought Spaghetti sauce, a pork tenderloin, milk, grapes, pop tarts, sandwich fixins and juice. No bike rack, but a lovely gentleman showed me a secret place I could lock up. Once the Push/Bici bike racks are ready, Publix is on the list of places to solicit. I was pretty amazed at what I could get home.
I also realized that I am eating about 1500 calories less than what I should be. I am actually holding weight around my stomach and hips because of lack of calories. Oops. So I made quite a few trips to the grocery store this week! Each time carefully getting exactly what I need. I was shocked to learn that I was gaining weight from not eating enough. Now I am counting calories to make sure I get enough and feel much better. A diet plan that encourages me to eat more…hell yea!
All week was a bit rainy, but most days I made it to work and home dry. Thursday that changed. I was headed to Bici for an open shop night, when the thunder started. I rode a bit harder to try to beat it. Then I heard a familiar pop and the bike went wobbly. A flat! I pulled over and got everything out to change it. No sooner did I get the wheel off than the sky opened up and let out her worst. I changed the tire in the pouring, thundering, windy rain. Stood for a minute laughing, unsure of what to do. So, I got back on my bike and continued on. It was scary, but I had little choice. I could have called a friend, but was determined to make it on my own to prove to myself that I could. I made it to the shop soaked and exhausted, but proud and safe.
The next day on my way t0 work, POP! another damn flat. This was getting ridiculous. Realized that my lovely tires were not made for the amount of broken glass, razor blades and sharps I encounter on my commute. So I got some gatorskins and things are much better. I went through 3 tubes last week! And spent much too much time on the side of the road.
Saturday I went on a lovely ride to photograph and explore Woodlawn again with a friend. It was drizzly, but nice. That is until I came to some railroad tracks that curve across the road. I turned to go at them at a 90 degree angle just a second too late and BAM!! I went down. Hit my head pretty hard (thank you helmet), tore my hand open and have road rash and bruises on my entire left side. I quickly recovered and continued on to ride for another 3 hours. Honestly, I have been waiting for my first big fall so I was relieved to get it over with and be accompanied by a friend. Today I woke up too sore and bruised to move! Taking a day off from riding today to recover.
So, that was my week. It had its up and downs, but I loved every second of it. Truly, I was meant to do this. Next week I hope to get at least 100 miles logged.
Look forward to the “photo diary of Freddy Mercury” soon.
See you on the roads this week.