Posts Tagged ‘ cycling ’


All By Myself I had a very surreal experience last week. The Husband and The Assistant went back east to visit family and I was totally and completely on my own for seven whole days. Those without kids are reading this, shrugging and not understanding the significance. Those with kids are shouting Oh my god […] 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: 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: 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 stupid.” 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: 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