Get off the high horse and onto a bike

Warning, read at your own risk, there is a rant a brewing – oh is there ever!

On my way home from work tonight I was listening to the local sports station, and one of the hosts, who’s kind of a douche to begin with, was going off about how Vancouver’s mayor (who by the way is über hot, and the man behind Happy Planet, which is awesome!) is making moves to build more bike lanes in the city. I’m thinking that most sane people wouldn’t really get their knickers in a knot over something that would actually make the roads safer and maybe even the world a little healthier by way of encouraging people to cycle rather than hop inside their gas-spewing, climate-change inducing, ugly vehicles! But nooooo, good ‘ol, Mercedes-driving, leather-pant wearing David Praat is aghast that his taxpayer dollars are going towards something that would benefit, and I am quoting here, “those smug cycling idiots!” Are you freaking kidding me? He actually had a bloody poll on the show that asked his viewers to weigh in on what pisses them off more about cyclists. And then, get this, he actually said that he’s this close to “running those damn cyclists off the road,” practically encouraging other drivers to do so!

Oh yeah, I feel so safe riding my bike out in the city now – thanks jerk face!

Cycling along the Burrard Street Bridge (took a photo break :)) which by the way is so much easier AND safer to do now with a designated bike lane, so we're not having to weave along a narrow sidewalk congested with walkers, runners and other cyclists!

And seriously, what’s wrong with having more bike lanes? If anything, Vancouver is behind the eight ball. Europe is all about the cycling, and yes they’ve been a cycling continent pretty much since the invention of bikes, but there’s also plenty of North American cities that are cycling friendly too. Hello, Portland, Oregan: The second most bike-friendly city in the world – in-the-world! Montreal’s also in the mix, and Chicago and New York are working towards mega bike friendliness too – all big cities!

So yeah, needless to say, I was yelling at the radio for pretty much the entire 30-minute drive to my brother’s house, and apparently Mario was too. He wanted to call up and tell Pratt that he’s just pissed off because they don’t make leather bike shorts 😀

My anger, however, was nothing that a good 10k with great running pals couldn’t solve. Thanks girls!

TONIGHT’S RUN:

  • 6:15 p.m. BG before: 6.7 (this was after an apple juice to bring them up from 4.6) (temporary basal rate -50%)
  • Distance: 10 km (tempo pace)
  • Average pace: 6.31 = right on target
  • Time: 1:05:20
  • 8 p.m. BG after: 8.6 (correction bolus .80 units)
  • And later: 60 situps broken up into two sessions (had to make up for not doing them yesterday)

When I got home, the first thing I did was pour myself a cup of soy chocolate milk. Yum!

Chocolate milk does a body good. Really, it does!

I know that us “good little diabetics” aren’t really supposed to indulge in such sweet treats, but it’s become a bit of a tradition for me following a hard run. Most people think of chocolate milk as a treat, and for the most part it is, but it’s also a huge benefit for us long-distance runners. Chocolate milk replenishes glycogen stores, and repairs muscles post run. And for me, it’s also a way to get dairy. I hate milk, always have. In fact, when I was kid and I was forced to drink it, I would plug my nose to try and ward off the taste. And as soon as I could make my own nutritional decisions, milk was taken out of the equation. So, the chocolate milk, it’s a way for me to get much-needed calcium … along with my beloved ice cream 😀

What’s the first food item you grab post run?

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One response to “Get off the high horse and onto a bike

  1. robert Freeman

    Finally, a Queen O’ Pavement blog I understand 🙂 Unfortunate that it involves the deadly risks cyclists take to engage in their hobby/sport/transportation. Believe it or not, I used to ride a bike when I was a city rat – and the fact is drivers of cars and trucks simply DO NOT SEE anything with less than four wheels. Riding a bike in the city, in my day, pre-bike lanes, was an exercise in terror. So the dweeb on the radio is just an ignoramus whose tongue (or other body part) should be jammed into the electrical wiring of his microphone. Zapppp!!!! 🙂 That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!!

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