Posts Tagged ‘ bicycle ’

What Would Betty Do Logo A Few Thoughts on Life

Life in California 1. Last week, I got the chance to speak at a conference in Pacific Grove, California, which is one of the most beautiful spots I’ve ever visited. There’s a waterfront trail that’s so lovely that there’s just no excuse for sleeping in. It’s well worth an early morning walk when the winds […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo The Carless Week

In Which This Bike Riding Thing Becomes Significant Last Monday, I took the car to the dealership for a routine oil change. I’m out of warranty now, so I wouldn’t normally still go to the dealership, but it’s had this pesky recurring habit of running very loudly, like is that my car or a delivery […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Betty Says: That’s a Hand Signal

Learn Your Hand Signals Since I started riding my bike, I’ve learned that there are three responses to my hand signals, as witnessed in oncoming cars: She’s waving to me. Why is she waving to me? Where do I know her from? *slows car, gives cautious wave back* She’s signaling a turn, which must mean […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training (of sorts): Defeating Insomnia

You guys, I have no idea what’s been going on with me this past week, but I can’t sleep to save myself. I’m tired — exhausted, in fact — and struggle to stay up past 10:00. I go to bed and I’m deeply asleep before my head hits the pillow… and then I’m wide awake […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: More Stuff About Bikes

Why No Bike Lanes, America? Yeah, this is another one of those bikey posts, the kind where I tell you that The Assistant rode 93.7 miles last month. Ninety three point seven. If you’d told me six months ago that I’d be riding 93.7 miles a month, I would have laughed. But the 6 year old? […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Holiday Weekend Edition

Holiday Weekend Training I’ll keep this brief since we’re away for the holiday weekend. Last week — August 18 to 24 — the Tiny Kitchen Assistant rode more than 44 miles on his bike. You read that right: in seven days the 6-year-old willingly rode more than 40 miles, and wanted to do even more. […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: 8 plus 132

Running and Cycling Let’s get the crazy part out of the way first, shall we? I ran eight miles with my former teammates yesterday. Well, “ran” may be a little bit optimistic. There was a lot of walking in my run/walk ratios, because let’s face it, I haven’t really, really run since Nike last October. […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: New Bike

A Bike for Tall Women Ever since the All Bike, All the Time experiment began in the Spring, I’ve been hankering for more of an around-town cruiser: something with a upright riding position, cargo capability, a chain guard to keep my jeans from getting greasy, fenders for all-weather riding, internal hub for easy shifting, and […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Building a Plan

Balancing Cardio and Strength Let’s say, hypothetically, that you didn’t have any races on the calendar, yet you wanted to get back into a training routine as if you did. And let’s say that you wanted this non-race-related training to involve both running and cycling for cardio, as well as a good measure of strength […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Time to Find a Race

One Week in Deutschland Midway through my week-long business trip to Germany, I got an email from a friend with a newborn baby, asking if she would have enough time to train for the Tinkerbell half marathon in January (yes), and whether I would be interested in joining her (maybe). Tinkerbell has never been high […] Read More