Tuesday, January 24, 2012

1st post-surgery bike ride

Even though it is mid-January, it is 62 degrees here in Virginia, so I closed my laptop early to hop on my bike for the first outdoor bike ride since my knee surgery 6 months ago.

I never left the low gears on my bike but that might have more to do with the extra weight around my belly than the knee surgery.

~10 miles in ~ 45 minutes - 13mph versus 16-17 pre-surgery pace, though usually over much hillier roads.

(I should mention that I was cleared to ride outside a month ago, but between the cold weather, and the doctor's order that I stay off of hills, I didn't get to ride until today.)

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With my new friends on the Great Wall of China

With my new friends on the Great Wall of China
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World sun clock

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"I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon -- if I can. I seek opportunity -- not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I wish to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole, I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence, nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master, nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud, and unafraid, to think and act for myself, to enjoy the benefit of my creations, and to face the world boldly and say, "this I have done." All this is what it means to be an American." -- Anonymous