Rounding out August

The guys and I managed a ride last Saturday on the first day that felt like spring. It wasn’t far or fast, but it was a ride. The flies and magpies were absent, so we enjoyed the time without the annoyances that come as spring progresses. Read more here:

Nerdy chick in Australia who loves to ride and is accompanied by the crew: 'The Commander' Verne and the 'Mental Health Specialist' Kermit.

4 response to "Rounding out August"

  1. By: Seasidejanet Posted: September 1, 2018

    Em…I love your photos and the tonality of them. Is it the native light? They remind me of old photos….also as I’m thinking about your description of how your illness feels I realized it was just how I feel about this aging body process. I haven’t talked about it much but the last year there has really been a significant change in what and how much I can do comfortably. It is a humbling that I’m not happy with either and then I think well at least I can still ride a bit! Yea…that only works for a minute… it/and life is what it is. Hugs.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: September 1, 2018

      I’m not sure about the photos – sometimes I use the ‘sunscreen’ filter in Photos when it is really glaring. But not on these. I think it is more the time of year, the crappy point and shoot camera and the time of day (I was riding from about 2-5pm). The Balldale photos were actually taken at the end of the ride when the sun was getting pretty low.

      Accepting limitations is soooo hard. Especially when you’ve been healthy and active your whole life like us. It must be even harder for you if you think back to when you were an elite athlete. I am trying to figure out how to look at this differently, because if I think of all the hard mountain rides I had planned for the next 5 years and that I may never be able to do them ever… I just want to curl up in a ball. To think that I’ve been robbed of 25-30 years of riding like I like to ride is heartbreaking. So I’ve got to learn to think a different way. There is also a grieving process you have to go through – the loss of your old self – and I am sure that is hard for you, too. These aren’t things you learn at school!

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: September 1, 2018

    <<<pretty much what Janet said going on here too.

    Lets hope the Docs can come up with a resolution for you.

    They tried canola here one year, but found out the combines they have let most of the seed blow right through back to the field. It was a beautiful sight as it grew.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: September 1, 2018

      I just need a doctor willing to try some different things and prescribe off-label. It’s hard to find ones that think outside the box.

      That’s pretty funny about the canola. What I hate about it is that not only do I struggle to breathe in spring when it flowers, but then, in autumn, the farmers burn off all the stubble, so then I can’t breathe again from the smoke. The stalks do grow pretty thick, and in a good year, it might be too much to plow back into the soil. But I’ve never figured out why the Aussie farmers don’t do more no-till and stubble retention like in the US instead of burning off.

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