This has been a rather eventful week.
First of all, a quick branding update. You may have noticed that I changed the name of my blog from Healthy Beauty to Michelle Rogers Healthy Living, to reflect my focus on healthy lifestyles. I will still include beauty products, reviews and giveaways on the blog though; that’s not changing. As for the logo, the design coordinates with my communications business logo that I’ve used for several years.
Secondly, I got a new bike! Well, new to me. It’s a Diamondback Clarity that we found on Craigslist, in like-new condition, and I love it. What a difference from my old ride! Immediately I was able to go 2-3 mph faster as my standard speed, and with the gears I’m doing so much better on the hills.
I’m enjoying that, and also still loving starting my day with a sunrise and greetings from all the animals I see on my route.
I’m in my second month of cycling now, and as a newbie I’m still learning some of the basics. One thing I realized is that it’s important to take out and wash the pads in your helmet regularly. I am trying to get in the habit of doing this at least once a week, because with all the sweat it’s just nasty. The pads attach with Velcro, and are simple to remove. I wash them in a bowl with some Softsoap, rinse, and set them out to dry. It’s quick and easy.
Speaking of still learning, that brings me to the “down” part of the week — which was me, literally going down! I took my first (and hopefully last?) spill on my bike last weekend. It was a rookie mistake and happened very quickly. I was too close to the right edge of the road, swerved, my tire slipped on the edge, and I hit the pavement on my left side. Fortunately, I was on an incline and going slower at the time; and also no cars were coming.
I’m fine, just a bit scraped up and bruised. I’ve been putting vitamin E oil on the scrapes several times a day, and they are healing nicely. This wasn’t a fun experience, obviously, but it taught me an important lesson. As much as I don’t like being too far in the road, I don’t get so close to the edge anymore.