Found some old pictures of me on the flood wall. Dang. Even though I’ve lost a significant amount of weight since high school it’s hard to not see pictures of myself as the old “super fat Ella”.
Posts tagged bike commuting
Tomorrow, Thursday Feb 7 2013, the Big 4 Bridge is open although incomplete. The bridge, as seen in the top photo taken around July 6, 2001 was a rail bridge crossing the Ohio River between Louisville Kentucky and Jeffersonville Indiana.
The bottom photo is much newer and it’s not a pedestrian bridge connecting the same areas. Or it WILL connect the same areas in the summer when the Southern Indiana portion of the ramp is complete! It will connect Louisville’s Waterfront Park area to a small park area being developed in Jeffersonville Indiana.
The ramps are really awesome and have neat multicolored changing lights on them. The bridge has safety rails, lights and benches. I’m looking forward to riding to the opening tomorrow and checking it out! This will make my commute to work infinitely more safe as opposed to crossing the four lane Clark Memorial, or 2nd Street, bridge.
For history on the Big 4 Bridge, if thats’ your thing, look here.
These are people who travel many miles at a pace more like 10 miles an hour. They wear regular clothes and ride the bikes that they can afford.
But everyone who bikes in New York or any other city has certain things in common. The Type-A strivers on their carbon-fiber steeds; the skinny-jeans-wearing fixie riders; the elevator repairman in work clothes on his anonymous hybrid; the fashionable businesswoman on her folder; the 82-year-old photographer on his cruiser. All of them benefit from an increased recognition that bicycles are a legitimate way to get from one place to another, and that you don’t have to be some kind of a freak to use them.
Read more. [Image: Dmitry Gudkov]
YEAH! Just last week I bought a super cute beach cruiser off Craiglist and as soon as it warms up enough, I’m parking the car and grabbing the handlebars (plus it’s got a basket for my dog, Alex). — tanya b.
Saw this Showers Pass Rouge Hoodie on Pedal Consumption and I got the wants… I don’t have a good close fitting cold/wet jacket. I like this color too although it wouldn’t match my kit at all, but whatever, I’m not looking at me when I’m riding.
”People are always asking what is a good winter hoodie for street riding… since I live in one of the most wet climates. Showers Pass based in Portland are experts in finding remedies for cold weather and rain. TheirRogue Hoodie which claims to be fiercely weather resistant technical hoodie is just that. Features a 3-layer waterproof softshell Artex material ideal for temperatures 55 degrees and below.
See more details @ Showers Pass.”
Article from the Huffington Post about Lebron James and his recent bike commuting to practices and games. Good news! (I wonder if that bike is the right size for him though.)
MIAMI — LeBron James at some point lost count.
Actually, he never started keeping track. At some point this season, he occasionally began riding his bicycle to practice instead of driving.
Then it turned into riding to morning shootarounds.
And then games.
James introduced his passion for riding when he was spotted on his bike on the way to the Heat’s game against the Chicago Bulls last January. Fatigue had little effect, with James scoring 35 points in a 97-93 victory.
Suddenly, James was spending more time on the bike than driving around in expensive cars. The added conditioning is why he seems to have no problem logging 42 minutes in the most routine of games. That was James’ stat line in the Heat’s 103-92 comeback victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
He has since added it into his conditioning program. The result has him averaging 37.6 minutes, topping 40 nine times this season.
"He’s just a freak of nature," Timberwolves forward Kevin Love said. "He’s very durable. He just has all the tools and continues to get better. Everyone knows that he’ll be a big problem (for opposing teams) for a really long time."
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the plan was to remove James once the game was in hand Tuesday, but the Timberwolves made a late run. Guard Dwyane Wade was done for the night while James was closing yet another game.
"I would have preferred that it would have been 37 [minutes] if we could have taken that lead to 25," said Spoelstra, who refers to James’ conditioning as "world-class." "We weren’t able to do it. He wasn’t even breathing heavy."
James has made the bike ride from his Coconut Grove home three times this season. Each trek takes from about 30 to 45 minutes, depending if James is “pushing it.” Last Saturday he made the trip four times in one day, riding to shootaround and back in the morning. A few hours later, he rode back and forth for the game against Washington Wizards.
The last trip occurred about an hour after the Heat’s 30-point victory.
"I got lights on my bike," James said. "I’m serious. This isn’t a joke. Of course, safety first."
James risks the chance of being noticed during one of his many rides. His solution is simple: “People try to stop me but I’m in a zone.”
Sort of like James’ on the court this season. He’s once again putting up numbers to deserve regular-season most valuable player consideration. James is averaging 25.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 6.7 assists, yet still feels the need to improve.
"I don’t know," James said. "I just have a drive to continue to improve and just continue to fight through it. (Monday) I was extremely tired but I got some more work in. I’m just trying to push through. As a leader, I want to continue to push through. I’ve got a personal vendetta against myself right now. I’m just trying to push the button, I guess push the envelope."
As to why he has the vendetta against himself, James said, “because I don’t like me.”
Of course, he was joking. It is all part of his attempt to become one of the greatest this league has seen. He is currently considered the game’s best. Now, he is trying to solidify himself among the all-time greats, along with the likes of Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.
"I want to maximize everything I can and not waste an opportunity each and every day to compete and get better as a player," James said. "I want to be the best. You’ve got to push the button sometimes."
When I was too self conscious, stubborn, and poor to adopt cycling specific clothing for my commute.. this is what happened to my jeans on a regular basis.