Posts Tagged ‘ bike ’

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Try It

Kid With the Comeback The other day, at school dropoff, one of the kids came up to The Assistant: “Why do you ride your bike every day? That’s so┬ástupid.” He practically spit out the last word. “And you’re a stupid dumbhead for doing it.” I was enraged. I was defensive. I wanted to scream, “Nuh-uh! […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: How Far?

Bike Errand Distances I’ve had quite a few of you email me and ask questions about the bike riding. Things like: “Riding your bike? Don’t you live in the suburbs? That can’t be practical.” The flatter roads of my town seem vastly more practical than riding the hills of San Francisco, but that doesn’t stop […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Monthly Bike Stats

Replacing the Car The stats are in for May: I logged 129.5 miles on my bike that would have otherwise been spent in the car. That was over the course of 20 days; the remaining 11 days of the month were spent in Texas (seven days) or on day or weekend trips to bikeless locales […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Betty Says: Awkward Conversations

What Did You Say? Today, you can advise me. Not to beat a dead horse about this whole bike riding thing, but I’ve noticed something very interesting. Biking with the kiddo: Aww, cute. Biking solo, not kitted out in racing gear: What’s wrong with you and why aren’t you driving a car? But the most […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Ride On

Replacing the Car with a Bike I feel like I shouldn’t call the Sunday night posts “training” anymore. I’m not really training for anything, although I am registered to run two 5k races in Dallas next weekend. Like a crazy person. What I have been doing is riding my bike daily. I’ve gone 74.8 miles […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Shopping Small

Bike Panniers for Groceries No recipe this week, kids. Instead, we’re going to talk about food logistics. Namely, how do I get everything home if I’m riding my bike all the time? As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been walking and riding my bike a lot more since The Assistant implemented the 1km and 2km rule. In […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Skip the Runs, Run the Races

I Like Racing Better Than Training I have been an abysmally bad runner lately. Sometimes I struggle to think of myself as a runner when I can’t drag my butt out for even the shortest training run.┬áNaturally, I have registered my ill-prepared self for three 5k races this month. Wait, what? Naturally? Hey, I like […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Betty Says: Look Around

Appreciate Your Surroundings The Assistant has changed everything. With his new bike, he wants to ride everywhere. As a result, I reorganized the shed to make the bikes easier to access, and the almost daily rides mean that I’m keeping the bike well maintained so that the tires never go flat. Fifteen minutes of prep […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: The Social Media Diet

Obsessing Over Breaking News Hell of a week, eh? Ever since noon on Monday, my week has been pretty much limited to work, steering the Tiny Kitchen Assistant away from all news sources while simultaneously obsessing over every incorrect bit of breaking news, and snacking like my life depended on it. The latter was the […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: The Ride/Walk Challenge

Everyday Exercise I’ve been trying to remain faithful to The Assistant’s goal of walking and riding more frequently. This past week, I had two days where the car never once backed out of the garage. This is a pretty significant accomplishment out here in suburbia where people look at your strangely if you’re not in […] Read More