Riding Out of the Rut

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Like so many others, I was/am having a tough time staying motivated and active this winter. When you overlay the slippery slope of a cold, dark winter with holidays, work, and ol’fashioned excuses – it doesn’t take long before you’ve found yourself at the bottom of said hill, and need to work double-time to get back up to the top.

Supplemental Reading: 20 Ways to Bust Out Of Your Workout Rut

Respecting that we all have different tolerances for that rut, how deep down we’re willing to go, and how long – I hit the end of my rope in January. Feeling lethargic, irritated, uncomfortable in my clothes and skin, and some gentle-but-firm direction from my doctor, was my catalyst.Β Time to make some adjustments.

If you haven’t caught on yet, my most beloved way to “get after it” is riding my bicycle. Biking is the easiest way between two points normally, and commuting provides a simple way to maintain some baselevel physical activity.

Bicycle Magainze: 5 Reasons to Ride Your Bike Every Day

So I’ve made a big show of packing my panniers, loading my lunch, and layering up for rides between 4 and -4 Farhenheit. I logged ~ 22 miles on bicycle last week, waking my hips up and getting to-the-bone tired. Naturally, my seat clamp broke over the weekend and set me back a few days. But, the cobwebs are being dusted off and I’m heading OUT of the rut, not into it.

 

 

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My attitude, all the time.

 

Bicycling Inspiration (I crack myself up)

I’m back on my bike after weeks of not riding, and it was a complete and total reset on my Monday mood. Without much else to write about, I opted to fall-back on inspiring or hopeful quotes about cycling, and instead found the following:

The bicycle is just as good company as most husbands and, when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community.

No worries – my husband and bicycles are both pretty new and in good-shape. No trade-ins planned. Ha!

Great Old Broads: Something to look forward to

Through some click-path on the Internet, I was introduced to Great Old Broads, a national advocacy group made up of women of a “mature” age.

Their membership stretches across the U.S., although not all states have active “Broadband” chapters, Alaska being one. These women understand representation matters, and the great outdoors is and should be a welcoming place for people of all ages (and colors, and genders). They’ve organized to the place of ~8,000 members, and their website lists clear statements on outdoor issues they care about, including climate change and resource extraction.

It’s awesome to see another group coalesced around a passion for wild places. And Great Old Broads gives me something to look forward to: a network of like-minded women for the rest of my adventurous life (and, the potential to keep planning and doing by getting an AK chapter off the ground some day!).