Friday, April 30, 2010

I'm Loving the Bike

To finish off my 30 Days of Biking challenge in fine style, Owen and I are heading down to Lanesboro, Minnesota, to ride the Root River Bike Trail and celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary. At the moment, though, we are sitting in Tires Plus waiting to get two new tires on my van. That's not so fun, but it's giving me a chance to update you on my 30 Days of Biking experience and tell you a bit about Loving the Bike.

One unexpected side benefit to my 30 Days of Biking experience is that I've been "meeting" all sorts of super bicycling people. I say meeting in quotes because I'm not actually meeting these people in person (though I expect I may at some point in time). Instead, I'm getting to know people via social networking tools like Twitter and Facebook. I've started following the tweets of 30 Day founders, Patrick and Zachariah (aka @patiomensch and @zachamon) and, much to my surprise, they are following mine.

Another person I've met is Darryl, a bicyclist who has a cool website, Loving the Bike. Darryl loves bicycling and is sharing his passion for bicycling with everyone who visits his site. He also shares his love of biking with his family, like I've been doing with mine. Darryl wrote a poem about his son's first ride. It made me cry (my friend, awesome playwright and then some, Brendon Etter, will not be surprised that I cried). Darryl posts a feature each month, Look Who's Loving the Bike, and asked if I would share a story of mine. I sent him a quick story via email, something I didn't think was blog worthy but then Darryl said he liked it so I decided to tweak it a bit and let him post it. (It should be up on Loving the Bike on May 3rd). 

Then I decided to take the short story and make it a longer story, a more complete picture of where I came from with my bicycling experience and where I am going now. I'm posting the fleshed out story here. Read it if you wish. And be sure to enjoy your weekend!

Here I am on my Giant Avail

I'm Loving the Bike
by Myrna CG Mibus
I have never been much of a bicyclist. I bought a Specialized hybrid about 15 years ago and rode it around some but never regularly. Years before I met my husband, Owen, he was an avid cyclist who used to do century rides. He often talked about how much he loved cycling, how he really wanted to get back into it, how fun it would be for us to bicycle together. I appreciated his enthusiasm but never caught the biking bug.
Then less than a year ago I decided I should ride a 30 mile local charity ride, the Jesse James Bike Tour, even though I had almost no experience and the ride was just a month away. Owen decided to do the ride, too, and we set out to train together.
Some people say that the dynamics between partners are severely challenged when one person tries to teach the other a skill. Owen and I have found this to be true. We both fly airplanes for a hobby and used to fly in aerobatic competitions. We’ve spent hundreds of hours together in the cockpit, flying to aerobatic contests and on vacations with our two children, Rose and Ryan. Flying together hasn’t always been easy. Sometimes it’s been downright difficult. But we wanted to fly together enough that we’ve figured it out and have been flying together for 18 years.
I didn’t think that riding bicycles together would be much of a problem. I learned I was wrong the day we decided to tackle part of the tour’s route that included some enormous hills. We were biking up the first big hill and Owen, apparently undaunted by the gargantuan hill and excited to be back in the saddle, kept chatting away, attempting to offer encouragement. I, on the other hand, saw a huge hill in front of me and didn't want encouragement, or maybe I just didn't want encouragement from Owen. I wanted to be miserable, to struggle in silence.  The next time he said something "helpful," I told him to eff off. Whoops. Not a very nice thing to say. I might have said it more than once, even (don't tell my mother. I'm 43 but she doesn't know I swear). I told Owen I was sorry but I'm embarrassed to say I didn't do so until the road flattened out and the hills were behind us.
In the next few weeks before the 30 mile tour, I figured out how to ride hills on my own and gained confidence. Owen and I continued to ride together and, through trial and error, figured out how to ride together more effectively. By the time the Jesse James Bike Tour rolled around we had figured out how to ride together without any swearing at Owen on my part - though I will admit to swearing in general a few times when we tackled big hills. We finished the 30 mile ride in fine form and with excitement to do the ride again the following year.
This spring we bought road bikes, a Giant Avail for me and a Defy for Owen, and have decided that biking is what we do.  We have several bike tours planned for the year. We ride together often and joke about the days I used to swear at Owen. We ride up hills, down hills and across flat land pretty well together now, are enjoying our new bikes and the time we spend together riding them.
Our kids, I’m excited to say have caught on to our enthusiasm for cycling. Rose, she’ll be eleven this July, got a new bike this year, a 26” Marin Pioneer Trail that will last her for years to come. She’s already talking about getting a road bike and doing century rides, I suspect, in part, because she likes spending time with her Daddy and because both he and I are now talking about tackling a hundred mile ride. Rose also decided she wanted a cycling jersey so we found one small enough to fit her. It says “Biking Chick” on it and has a picture of a fluffy yellow baby chicken on it. She wears her jersey to school.
Ryan is almost eight and is fascinated with going fast. He just moved from a single speed bike into a gently used Trek MT60 with six speeds. He says he wants a bike with 63 speeds someday though he knows he’ll probably have to build such a bike himself. A year ago Ryan, wouldn’t wear his biking helmet. Now that Owen and I ride with helmets all the time, Ryan wears his helmet without complaint and even wore it one day on a walk with our dogs.
I’m happy to report that I’m Loving the Bike now, that working through challenges has helped me improve myself and love my family more. That we are now a family that’s passionate about bicycling and will likely be riding together for years to come!

Monday, April 26, 2010

This Family Biking Thing

Today was a day full of fun and a lot of bicycling activity. For starters, today was the day of the Minnesota Iron Man. Owen and I had been talking about riding the 30 mile route but decided mid-week that we would opt out this year. Too much going on and we didn't feel ready - then add in a flat tire, rain, and a sore butt (Owen's - he's still searching for the ideal bike saddle) and we were very okay with our no-go decision.

Still, we did feel like we were missing out on something this morning when I read tweets from some of the 30 Days of Biking guys who were doing the 100 mile ride. Yes, I tweet now, or do Twitter now. Or something. I'm not really sure what it is that I'm doing with Twitter but it appears that I am posting my progress on #30daysofbiking for the 30 Days of Biking Challenge. Oh yes - update - I've  biked 23 days in a row. Only seven to go...

So what does a biking family do when no one from said family is riding the Iron Man? Stand in the rain and cheer for the cyclists as they bike past. Yep. We live about 20 miles from the end of the 60 and 100 mile route so after church we drove to a good spot, got out of the car with our umbrella and jumped up and down, waved and yelled at a bunch of wet, tired-looking riders who pedaled on by. Most of the riders waved back. Almost everyone smiled. Many thanked us for cheering them on. We had fun and I hope we made the ride a little more fun for the riders. I do think I embarrassed my kids and husband a bit with my Iron Man/Woman cheering enthusiasm - but I think they'll get over it.

Rose, by the way, says she's going to do a century ride one day. That's a hundred miles of pedaling. She's not yet eleven years old and though she's not planning to do a century ride in the next year or two I think it's cool that she's excited enough about biking to have such a goal. Owen used to do century rides and he's talking about doing them again - that's probably part of why Rose is interested, she likes to do stuff that Owen likes to do. I've actually been considering a century ride, too. Pretty crazy for a woman who didn't like riding bikes nine months ago and does not think of myself as athletic.

Back to the present  - We've been on a mission to find my son, Ryan, a bike. Last week we went to Valley Bike and Ski's bike swap and sale in search of new-to-us bikes for Rose and Ryan and for a trail-a-bike for Ryan so we can go on some longer family rides. We found a great used trail-a-bike right away.
Owen on his Specialized hybrid pulling Ryan on the trail-a-bike

We told the kids the amount we were willing to spend on bikes for them but couldn't find used bikes that fit our specs. Rose decided she was willing to chip in her allowance for the next 6 months or so in order to buy a new bike. Though Rose had her eyes on a Giant Boulder, she ended up buying a 2009 Marin Pioneer Trail 26" mountain bike. She rode five miles on the bike the very first time out and has gone on several rides since.

Rose with her new Marin Pioneer Trail

But Ryan's bike was harder to find. He wanted a bike with gears. Most of the used bikes still for sale were single speed bikes. He had his eyes on a new Giant MTX 125 in the store but the purchase price was over $275.00 - quite a bit of money for an almost eight year old who would grow out of the bike quickly. We decided to try craigslist. We found a Giant MTX but it was sold. We tried more searches but hit dead ends. We then found a bike that seemed worth checking and drove forever to see it only to discover that even though it had 20" wheels the bike was way too big for Ryan. We looked at another bike yesterday and it was also too big. Finally today I found a Trek MT60, a bike with 20" wheels and six speeds meant for kids who are Ryan's size. We went to see the bike and it was a perfect fit and decided to buy it. Yay! Ryan finally had his new bike! But the story gets better - the family selling the bike told us that they were donating all of the money from the sale to Kids Against Hunger. What a nice thing to do! 
Ryan with his new-to-him Trek MT60

So tonight we all headed out on our bikes for a four mile ride around the neighborhood. We talked while we rode, we went up hills slowly and down really fast. Rose talked about going out on some bike trails with the family, asked if she could wear her new bike jersey to school (it says "Biker Chick" on the front, has a picture of a fluffy yellow chickie on the front - she found it at Valley while Owen was getting his flat repaired today). Owen and I talked about fun stuff - about the kids, about how excited we are to ride the Iron Man next year, about how glad we are to do something together as a family.

At one point tonight Ryan was riding next to me and he looked over at me and said, "We're on a Family Bike Ride!" I can see him right now, his big smile with a gap on top where he's waiting for a permanent tooth to come in, his dark, bright eyes, his little legs pedaling furiously. My kid. My little boy on his new almost-a-big-boy bike. And Rose, smiling away on her grown-up bike with her cool biking jersey, watching the miles tick by on her bike computer, planning to someday ride a hundred miles in one day. Even Owen is smiling. He does that when he's on his bike. And despite the fact that I've had a tough week, that I'm really tired and have a huge week ahead, I'm smiling too.

Ryan and Rose with their bikes

There's something good going on when the four of us are out in the fresh air smiling and having fun together. I'm glad we're doing this family biking thing. I really am.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New cycling shorts - Yay!

A couple of days ago I stopped in to Fit to be Tri'd, a multisport store in the heart of downtown Northfield that opened several months ago. Tom Bisel, the owner and a seasoned Triathlete, carries a wide variety of clothing, shoes and gear for triathletes plus offers a lot of support for athletes in the community. He has a great selection of clothing for cyclists and also carries a lot of stuff for women. Since I've been biking every day and only have one pair of cycling shorts, I went in to the shop with the hope of finding another pair of shorts.

Inside of Fit to be Tri'd - Northfield, MN

I have tried on a lot of cycling shorts in the last nine months. The pair I currently wear is the Pearl Izumi Attack Short. I like the shorts, they fit well, have a thick chamois (the padding inside) so my butt doesn't get sore on long rides and I feel like I look decent in them.  I know, who's going to care how I look when I ride? Well, I do. Because if I feel like I look awful I'm actually going to feel awful and who wants to work hard and feel awful at the same time? I mean, you start out way behind that way.

So my Attack Shorts have been serving me well but since I've been riding every day I found I was washing my shorts all the time so I wanted another pair. I have tried on a few other pairs in the last few weeks but haven't found a pair that I really liked. So I stopped in to Fit to be Tri'd to see what they had there. I knew Tom carried Skirt Sports, a brand of fitness wear made by women for women. Curious, I wanted to try some on and see how they fit.

When I first heard of Skirt Sports I was a little taken aback. Skirts and sports? Sounded kind of anti-feminist or something. But I remembered that my friend, Roxy, a cyclist and runner who has done the Iron Girl duathlon twice now (2m run, 22 m bike, 2 m run), said that many women like to wear running and cycling skirts. Some like them for modesty's sake because biking shorts are skin tight so the extra coverage is more comfortable. Some just like they way they look.

Still, Skirt Sports? What's up with that? I went to the Skirt Sports website and surfed around a bit and found that the company doesn't seem anti-feminist, more women-empowering with a bit of sassiness thrown in. Founded in 2004 by a triathlete, Skirt Sports' goal, according to their website, "is to add some extra inspiration, style and fun to your daily workouts and lives through the products we create." I can deal with that. 

So, back in Fit to be Tri'd, I tried on two different brands of cycling shorts a cycling skirt. I found that my favorite of the bunch was the pair of Skirt Sports Hollaback Shorts. They have a wide waistband, cover most of the thigh, have a streamlined pocket on each side, a snazzy hot pink panel in the back and are very comfortable. Plus, my flabby inner thigh bits don't look very bad in them like they do in many other cycling shorts. I was sold on the fit - still the true test of how good they are would come with a ride.

Hollaback Shorts by Skirt Sports. Note handy side pocket. Also note - picture taken from Skirt Sports website and shorts don't quite look like this on me because I am short and don't have an unbelievably flat stomach

Later that same day, I suited up in my new shorts and a jersey and got ready to ride. Carrying a cell phone when I ride is an issue. I like to have my phone with me just in case of emergency but am not about to stick it in a back jersey pocket for fear it will fall out. I also am not that excited about stashing my phone in my bike bag which rides under my seat. I decided to put my iPhone in one of the pockets. I didn't think it would stay in there, my phone stuck out about a half inch, but I took off on my ride anyway and decided to see if it would stay. 

I went on a fairly short ride, about 4 miles, and the shorts fit well. They didn't shift on my waist and the legs stayed in place thanks to the "dotted silicone gripper at leg openings." The chamois is fairly thin (very nice to walk in compared to my Attack Shorts) but I wondered how my butt will feel after a long ride with so little padding. Still, after a four mile ride (and a 5 mile ride in the shorts today) I didn't feel sore at all. I'll have to wear them on a longer ride and see how I feel.

And for my cell phone in the side pocket?  I kept looking down to see if my phone was still in the there and  I tried to push it deeper in the pocket a few times but discovered that it hadn't actually moved. I was surprised it stayed in there but it appears that I can ride with the phone in the pocket. Funny thing is, long after my ride I couldn't find my iPhone. It was still in my pocket. It's comfortable enough in there and stays well enough that I forgot I even had my phone!

And guess what? I got home from my ride two hours ago and am still wearing my Hollaback Shorts. I like them so much I may just wear them downtown to my writing class tomorrow. Well, maybe not.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Belly dance tips for biking?

I'm happy to report that I am keeping up with the 30 Days of Biking challenge and have biked every day since I started. I even hauled my bike to a belly dancing forum and biked when I had a break from my workshops. Biking through the hotel parking lot I found a path and followed it for three miles or so. It was great fun!

Today was a day when I didn't really feel like biking but I went ahead and rode my bike anyway. Glad I did. It felt good to get out and forget about the day and think only about miles per hour and how fast I was spinning. I'm starting to view riding my bike as a highlight of the day. I never thought I would end up viewing exercise of any sort as a reward but I am starting to view cycling that way. This is progress.

I also never thought that I would come out of a belly dancing workshop with tips on how to better ride my bike. But - surprise! - I did. I attended the Northland Belly Dance Forum on Saturday where the featured guest teacher was a belly dancer named Aziza. One thing Aziza talked about in the first workshop she taught (Upper Body Technique) was how we present ourselves while we dance. She had all sorts of great tips to help us remember that we should present ourselves in a way that is strong and that connects with the audience, if we have one. One thing she said is that dancers have a tendency to raise their shoulders, to tense up and kind of hide our necks when we dance. I could relate, I do this a lot when I dance and have noticed that when I ride my bike I tend to hunch my shoulders up, to carry a lot of stress in my shoulders and forget to breathe.

Aziza suggested that we not think of lowering our shoulders because this visual often doesn't work for people. For me, I know, it often creates a second kind of tension in my body. I end up concentrating so hard on relaxing my shoulders that I forget to breathe or I tense them up in the process. Instead she kept reminding us to "show me your neck." She also had us think of having eyes in our chest, in our upper chest, and to "look" at people while we dance with the eyes in our chest. Sounds kind of weird, I know. But the two tips combined did wonders. As I was trying to do hip hits combined with snake arms and shimmies I would find my shoulders getting stiffer by the second. Then Aziza would remind us to "show me your neck" and look at her with the eyes in our chests and I could feel my shoulders relax a bit. Those two tips worked pretty well for me in class but they didn't click for me totally, probably because I was tired and kind of overwhelmed with all we were learning. Little did I know that these tips would come back to help me the following day on my bike ride.

Sunday was gorgeous. Owen and I wanted to get a decent ride in so we jumped on the bikes after church knowing we would have just enough time for a ride before we headed into Northfield for a Northfield Arts Guild production of the play, Proof (excellent show, by the way. Go see it!) My intent was to ride faster than I have so far this season and to increase my cadence.  Our planned route was a hilly one, and not an easy ride. It's just over 8 miles and involves riding some easy hills in our neighborhood then into Webster, up one monster hill, some rolling hills, turning around, rolling hills the other direction, going down one monster hill and riding up one nasty enormous hill on the other side of town.

I'm not a fan of this ride. Okay, I don't like it much at all, especially this early in the season when I'm not in shape. And I don't like hills, especially big ones. Often, when I see these huge hills I want to quit, turn around and go home. It's no surprise, then, that in the midst of pedaling away I hunched up my shoulders, caved in and forgot to breath. But this time on my ride I heard Aziza saying, "show me your neck" and it struck me as kind of a weird thing to try but I did it. And you know what? It worked! I relaxed my shoulders and felt more powerful in my pedaling. I made it up each hill and enjoyed going down them. And I did, in fact, increase my average miles per hour and my cadence. And today's ride, albeit a short one, was also good. I now know a trick to help me breathe, to help me drop my shoulders so I can cycle more efficiently and have a better time doing it. Who'd have thought I'd learn about biking at a belly dance workshop? I sure didn't - but I'm glad I did.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Mini Pink Lemonade Cheesecakes - What fun!

I just settled in at a little table at Kip's Irish Pub in St. Louis Park. I'm at a Marriott for the evening because I am attending the Northland Belly Dance Forum all day tomorrow and didn't want to drive here in the wee hours of the morning. The morning starts with yoga at 7:30 and is followed by five workshops where I will be learning all sorts of stuff, even learning about dancing with a sword. I expect watching me in that workshop will be very entertaining because I have no clue of how to dance with a sword on my head, my hip or anywhere else. After the workshops, which finish at 5:00, I'll be going to a belly dance show that my instructor, Kate, is dancing in. It will be a full day but because I promised to ride my bike every day (see my previous entries and the 30 Days of Biking website), I packed my hybrid bike in my van and plan to ride around the parking lot or something tomorrow. Gotta do it - because I said I would.

Although belly dancing and biking are very fun to write about what I really want to write about tonight is cheesecake. Mini pink lemonade cheesecakes to be more specific. Why? Because I like cheesecake (I've probably made 30 or more in the last year) and because I purchased four cute little mini-cheesecake pans when I was on my trip to Seattle and I just had a chance to try them out.

One of my favorite finds on my Seattle trip was a great kitchenware store called Sur La Table. I love kitchen stores and especially have fun looking at pans and stuff in the baking section. I've been looking for mini-cheesecake pans for awhile and found 4.5 inch pans on the shelves at Sur La Table so I bought four and finally had a chance to use them last week.

I decided to make pink lemonade cheesecake for Easter so pulled out my cheesecake recipe book and got to work. Question is, how long to bake cheesecakes in mini pans? Awhile back I asked my chef friend, Karl Wilder of Fusion on the Fly this very question. His reply was to reduce the baking time by a quarter of the total time. This particular recipe recommends baking in a 9"pan for 15 minutes at 350 degrees followed by 2 hours at 200 degrees then 2 more hours in the oven with the oven turned off.

I mixed up my batter, pressed the crust into the pans and gave it a try. I had enough batter for eight pans but only had four so I filled the four and stuck the rest of the batter in the fridge for later. I did my 350 degree bake for 6 minutes followed by the 200 degree bake for 30. Checked the cheesecakes and decided five more minutes would be fine. So, total time of 35 minutes with 30 or so minutes more with the oven off. After they cooled I found they came out of the pan easily. These pans are way nicer than my 9" pan - I can't wait to get more of them and maybe even replace my 9" pan with another from Sur La Table (I discovered they have a store in nearby Edina, Minnesota - yay! - I will be going there soon). After plating the cheesecakes, I put on some topping made from sour cream and white chocolate and presented them after Easter dinner.
Part of the bakeware section of Sur La Table in Pike Place Market, Seattle.

The result? Perfect little cheesecakes that not only looked lovely but tasted delicious. I have since baked the rest of the batter and have shared these pink lemonade cheesecakes with a few friends, including writer friends Joy Riggs and Christine Lienke. Joy said this is her favorite cheesecake of mine so far (she's tried four or five of my cheesecakes, I think, so that's saying something). This cute little size cheesecake is so fun - they are easy to freeze and easy to share. In fact, I stopped one off just this afternoon to my friend, Ann, and have another one waiting in the freezer to share with Joy's son, Sebastian.
One of the mini pink lemonade cheesecake that I served for Easter.

I can't wait to make more. Next recipe that I'm going to try in my mini-cheesecake pans? Probably Margarita!

Monday, April 5, 2010

30 Days of Biking - I'm in!

So I decided to ask if I could participate in the 30 Days of Biking challenge even though I was starting two days late. I figured out how to tweet Patrick, one of the guys in charge of getting people on the 30 Days of Biking list, and he said I could do it. Yay! I'm in!

I just got back from a very quick ride around the neighborhood on my hybrid. The kids are home from school today, their last day of Spring Break, and I looked at our schedule and realized that if I was going to ride my bike today I had better jump on my bike and do it now. So, even though I had already showered and was dressed in real clothes, I stuck my helmet on my head, rolled up my jeans, grabbed my Specialized hybrid and took off. I have not ridden my hybrid since last fall. Now that I've been riding my new Giant Avail road bike the hybrid feels really strange. Very upright and much harder to pedal. Now I'm  kind of amazed I did the 30 mile Jesse James Bike Tour on a hybrid.

As for my first two days of my 30 Days challenge, Saturday Owen and I went out and battled 21 mph winds but still managed a 7 mile ride. Parts of the ride sucked. No way around saying that. It did. I thought I was going to fall over at least once when I was hit by a crosswind. Sunday evening we went out again for an almost 8 mile ride. This ride was a piece of cake compared to Saturday's ride. It felt good.

When we ride, even in crazy winds, Owen is all chatty -  he gets this way when we ride bikes. I am normally chatty but am not when I'm riding. One of  Owen's typical comments is something like,  "Oh wow, I could ride like this all day. Did you see how well we rode up that hill out of Webster? That's the best we've done on that hill so far! We did really well. If we can ride like this today, just think of how well we'll do when we get to the Iron Man."

My response? "Ugh." Or some other non-committal moan sort of noise. I mean, I'm working hard, sweating and breathing heavy and all that stuff and Owen decides to get all talkative on me. Why doesn't he get this talkative when I feel like talking? Why is he so darn happy when he's riding his bike? I mean, he's happy even when we're riding up hills. Sigh. These are questions that will never be answered, I'm sure.

Just a quick comment before I run to take the kids to a movie, I found a cool website, to track your workouts. It works for walkers, cyclists and runners. You can post your workouts and upcoming events you plan to participate in. I'm using dailymile and, other than not totally understanding how to use it, am keeping track of  my cycling and walking times on it. I even downloaded a cool widget that shows up on my blog. Cool.

More later. Time to get to Diary of a Wimpy Kid with Rose and Ryan.

Friday, April 2, 2010

30 Days of Biking?

Yesterday, Owen told me about a spot he heard on MPR about two guys who have vowed to ride their bikes at least once a day each day during the month of April. Since making their pledge, dozens of others have joined in the fun and have also pledged to ride every day. Sounds like a good goal, though one I won't be making because I didn't ride yesterday or today. Still, I could shoot for the rest of the days of April, I just won't be signing the 30 days of riding pledge since I've missed two days already. Hey, I wonder if they'll let me in if I promise to ride twice a day for a couple of days to make up for the two days I've missed. Hmmm. I suppose I could ask.

Whether I sign up or not, I will certainly visit the 30 Days of Biking website and read the blog entries and tweets. There's a lot of fun stories up on the website already, I expect there will be many more as people post their stories. The more I think about this the more I think I should see if I can still participate. It sounds like several of the cyclists are planning to ride the Iron Man at the end of April. Owen and I are already planning on doing this ride, it would be even more fun to know a lot of other people on the ride. There is also talk about having an end of month party to celebrate 30 Days of Biking. I like parties. Am I talking myself into this?

Are you interested in participating in the 30 Days of Biking challenge? Here are the rules as taken from the How to Participate page:

Step 1 Make the pledge! Tweet @patiomensch with your pledge to participate in #30daysofbiking.
Step 2Ride your bike. Ride to work. Ride around the block. Meet some friends and bike around town. If you’re riding your bike, you’re participating.
Step 3Tweet about your bike ride, and include the hashtag #30daysofbiking. Read what others are tweeting, and join the conversation!
Step 4Repeat Steps 1 & 2 each day through the month of April.
The only rule for 30 Days of Biking is that you ride your bike every day for 30 days, then tweet about your adventures with the hashtag #30daysofbiking.

Owen, by the way, rode 12 miles yesterday while I was at my belly dancing class. He scoped out a route through Webster that, if he followed it the whole way, would take him to Lonsdale, a total of 19 miles round trip. We're looking for good places to ride and tonight we spotted a new bike/walking path alongside County Road 2 from 35 all the way to Elko/New Market. We scoped out the roads and  think we can do a 20 mile ride from our house to the end of this path if we take Co Rd 3 through Webster and north to 86 where we would hop onto 27 all the way to New Market to the end of the path and then back home again following the same route. That sounds ambitions to me right now but it's a good goal.

We're planning on about a 10 mile ride tomorrow. I hope it doesn't rain.