Recumbent riders are sometimes referred to as “Bent Riders”.  As someone who took up bike riding in July of 2009 at the age of 52 I could not resist the Bent Out Of Shape Rider tag line for my blog.  In the beginning I was simply the Out of Shape Rider, but after riding my first 1,000 miles and then signing up for nearly the same mileage during two state wide bike trips this summer, I suspect Bent Out of Shape Rider is now more appropriate.  When you consider I recently went out for a 10 hour bike ride of 80 miles, yeah, I’m sure there are some that consider me a little bent out of shape.

If you have not read Lance Armstrong’s book, “It’s Not About The Bike”, you should.  For me, it’s also not about the bike, it’s about a state of being.  It’s about getting in touch with your mind and body to achieve great things.  Ten months ago, riding five miles down our trail and five miles back was achieving that greatness.  Every month I achieve new milestones in both distance and feet climbed during my rides.  And it does not hurt that all this exercise has me in the best fitness condition of my entire life.  The added bonus to this all, and you really don’t realize it until you achieve the kind of miles a week I do, is this type of conditioning is the fountain of youth.  I feel 25 again and have a stamina for physical activities long lost.  It’s a wonderful feeling.

The goal of this blog is to provide a place for friends and family to follow my riding adventures, along with a photographic diary.  It should also provide a source of information for those considering recumbent bicycles or trikes.

I hope you enjoy my blog and my musings.  Feel free to post your comments!

  • Sandy Nord:

    You have our 100% support, Ron! Go, man, GO!!!

  • Marla Kemp:

    That is so cool…..Good luck to you!!!!

  • Kathy Percifield:

    I have alot of faith in you being a finisher!!
    Good Luck!

  • Art Foley:

    Go for it !! Go!!

  • Sue Pope:

    Good luck this week, Ron. I KNOW you can do this! Proud of you, too!

  • Hope all is going well for you. Sounds like you are having a blast! See you when you get back.

  • Rick Hopkins:

    I look forward to following your BRAN trip with it’s highs and lows. Remember I’m on board next year! Take good notes, and let me know for sure how the food was! (There is a reason I bike as well)

  • Nice Picture Ron…where did you get that! 🙂

  • Enjoyed reading your journal. I’ve done BRAN many times, and have had some of the best times of my life and some of the steepest challenges of my life on BRAN. Your story brings back a lot of fond memories.


  • Nancy Walker:

    I’ll bet that you are finding that challenging yourself physically is bringing about spiritual growth. For instance, you must be pleading with God by now~”please let this be over soon!” haha. Proud of you, Ron!

  • Bonnie P:

    Can’t wait to hear all about the trip! ! ! ! !
    Hope you are enjoying yourself!
    Go Ron GO! ! ! !

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