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Cogging Back to Good Health

bikeOkay, so I’ve had my share of health problems over the last few years. Unfortunately, sometimes as we get older we get sick and, figuratively and often literally, fall apart. The common cold seems completely uncommon and the flu can severely sideline and possiblely kill us. When we get a cold, we often ignore the warning signs until too late and when it’s full blown, we look for any port, which is usually some over-the-counter miracle. Or we believe doctors have magic bullets and we seek their help and hope the 2 pills they give us will make us better by morning.

I’ve decided to Cog Back to Good Health (CBGH). I’ve had my ups and downs and, recognizing I was never a gym rat, I’m going to ride my way back to good health. I am going to ride my bike every day (hmm, I really HATE riding in the rain and snow). Riding my bike is going to be the fifth thing I do every day. 1. Get Out of Bed 2. Bathroom 3. Drink Water 4. Get Dressed 5. Ride My Bike. Let’s start with the typical “30 Day Challenge” and for good measure the Tour De Bronx is Sunday October 28. I’m still a punk, so I’ve registered for the 25 miler. I’ll keep you posted!

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Bronx Fix

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Life is uphill. There are interludes between one crest and another when you crouch as the wind slips past. You focus above the bars at the horizon. Relaxing your neck, you lean, outside foot down, into one turn after another conserving energy, breathing belly deep.

I’ve crashed too often, sometimes hard. Once I crashed, because of a crash, on my daughter’s birthday. 47 days and 35 pounds later, I came home. Years later, I went into carbon fiber sticker shock and dug out my old flip-flop. Steel is Real.

I’m fixed in the Bronx because it’s better than pie. Whee!

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Tour De Bronx 2015

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There are few things better than riding a bike on a pleasant fall afternoon. You can, however, add salsa. You can add a 1/2 dozen or so friends and create camaraderie. You can add bike club members to infuse a co-operative/competitive element. Or, as with the Tour De Bronx, you can add 6 thousand like-minded people who you can strike up a conversation with at any corner along the way. Cause rides are great. and purposeful, but the Tour De Bronx, the city’s largest FREE cycling event is a trek without burden through the Bronx, the borough of parks and colleges, that ends at the New York Botanical Gardens, one of the best botanical gardens in the country. Top that, if you can!

Black Girls Do Bike! They really do and I’ve got pictures to prove it. I met some of the wonderful members from the NY Chapter. There are 49 chapters across the country. Go directly to the BGDBnyc chapter or connect with the umbrella group at www.blackgirlsdobike.com30-DSC_0076-001

When I met this guy on a “monster truck” unicycle we immediately began to chat about the King Charles Unicycle Troup. I remember when they began teaching Bronx kids how to ride unicycles before they made their debut with the Ringling Brothers Barnum Bailey Circus.15-DSC_0040-001

I also got to chat with this fellow reppin’ the Major Taylor Cycle Club. “Major” Taylor was an African-American cyclist who won the world 1 mile track cycling championship in 1899 and went on to become world champion. But you new that, right.35-DSC_0088-001

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SCNYC Bronx Ride

Hey fellow Bronx cyclist. Just wanna invite you and all your other bike friends to this ride. For some of the people attending it’ll be their first time in The Bronx so let’s show them what the hype is really all about. Feel free to share within your respective groups, this ride is not club specific. All necessary info is in the link but feel free to contact me. Ride safe and be well.

SCNYC Bronx Ride

Saturday, July 11 at 1:00pm

Brook Park E. 141st St, Bronx, NY 10454

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2015 Yonkers Triyakathon Saturday, July 11th

The 6th annual Yonkers Triyakathon is co-sponsored by the Yonkers Bike Club and the Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club. The event begins and ends at Center For the Urban River (CURB) at Beczak ON SATURDAY, JULY 11th. Sign-in begins at 8 am. The run/walk begins at 9 am.

WHAT IS A TRIYAKATHON: 2 Mile Run or 1 mile walk, 12 Mile Bike Ride , 1 mile kayak paddle followed by food and beer at the Yonkers Brewery, all on or along the beautiful Hudson River in downtown Yonkers.

All participants will need a bike for the event, however kayaks will be provided. If you are new to kayaking, you must participate in at least one of the public kayaking events sponsored by YPRC. The public kayaking takes place Thursday evening, June 18, June 25, July 2 and July 9 from 4 pm to 7 pm at the JFK Marina, Warburton Ave and JFK Memorial Drive.

Get more information HERE!

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A few things you can do to help keep bees healthy:

  • plant different flowers that bloom throughout the season for the bees;

    • native plants and other perennials

    • bloom colors of yellow, white,  blue, and purple

  • watch for neonicotinoid-free note on plant tags- some tags will claim that insecticides were used for ‘your plant’s health’ (but NOT for the bees!)

  • leave the blossoms until they expire

  • plant plants with fragrant flowers with a long bloom season

  • consider early blooming plants for bees that have had little nourishment over the winter

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