Every blogger needs a muse and this blogger is no different. My Patty was the muse for this blog and many others where I may not have given her the credit she is due.
She has Arthritis and has developed knee issues over the past many years. Pedaling a regular bicycle, especially uphill (our city is named Beaumont, French for Beautiful Hill), into the wind (our town has earned the nickname of Blowmont, as we often start out riding into the wind and every time we change directions, the wind is still in our faces) and starting off from a stop (there are a lot of 4 way stops in this town.)
So, last November, I purchased an E-bike for her birthday. It sat in our basement, until good weather returned in May. The E-bike is capable of a top speed of 28 k/h (17.4 mph), so on our first time out, Patty graciously told me I could set the pace. It was at this point that she also became my personal trainer.
The wind on this particular day was always blowing in our faces (Blowmont) so I soon found myself panting a bit. As she has a speedometer, I asked her how fast we were going and she said 11 mph. Hmmmm, not bad for an old guy on a piece of crap bike, cycling into a hurricane.
Our usual circuit is a town perimeter ride, which equates to about 14 k (9 miles) and we ride this or variations of it (forward or in reverse) at least once a week. I soon noticed that this was becoming easier and I found myself out of breath less and less often. One day, riding into the teeth of a gale, I again asked her how fast we were going and she replied 14 mph (9 miles/h).
Every once in a while, when I found myself riding downhill and the wind blowing with me, I would take off in a burst of speed and she would tell me I was going so fast, she could not keep up with me.
These weekly riding sessions actually proved beneficial when I was training for my back country hike. I credit them with improving my stamina. But, lately, I am finding that my piece of crap bike is wearing out faster than I am (that is good news). While it would be nice to also have an E-bike, I am concerned that I would lose all that conditioning that my wife’s E-bike has rewarded me with.
On August 2, I took my camera with me and snapped a few pix.