Wednesday, 13 May 2015

feeling a bit crazy! ~ I bought a bike!

midlife blog ~ cresting the hill

It didn't take long for the less-than-employed craziness to take hold now that I have the head space to start thinking about what I'd like to do in the months ahead. We went out shopping last week and before I knew it - we'd bought me a bike to ride around the neighbourhood on - it even has a cute little carry basket for when I pop down to the library or the shops.

I didn't realize that all this time I have had a bucket list floating around in the back of my mind of things I'd like to do when I wasn't caught up in being tired or work-weary. One of the first things on the list was this blog. I must have had a million thoughts stewing away with nowhere to go with them until I discovered the wonderful world of blogging. Now I have somewhere to put it all down and it's been really good fun.

The next cab off the to-do-list rank was apparently the crazy idea of buying a pushbike! I had a bike years ago that was more of a mountain bike style and because I'm tall I always felt hunched over and uncomfortable when I was riding it. (I'd never do well if I needed to compete in a triathalon - fortunately there isn't a snowflake's chance in hell of that happening so I'm okay!) But now there is a new "vintage bike" craze where they are making bikes like the one I used to ride when I was a girl (a loooong time ago) and the style suits me really well. This one even came with a carry rack on the back and a basket on the front - which sociable cat was quick to try out - before I'd even had a chance to go for a spin.

There's a popular commercial in Australia for Jeep where people are declaring "I bought a Jeep" as the pinnacle of freedom and personal achievement.

midlife blog ~ cresting the hill

Seeing I JUST QUIT MY JOB!!! (note the joyful chorus of ten thousand angels singing as I type that) I don't really have the funds to go crazy and indulge in buying a Jeep, so my catch cry will have to be "I bought a bike!" I'm sure I'll have more fun on two wheels than I would have had in a four wheeled tank so I am quite excited about ticking this one off the bucket list I didn't know that I had. An added bonus might be that I get a bit fitter along the way - I could feel the thigh burn when I was pedalling up a slight slope or two, so it must be good for my somewhat out of shape midlife body.

This post was part of the #1word challenge this week - which was "crazy"

34 comments:

  1. Love that you bought a bike and seriously not sure the last time I rode a bike myself, but just brought me back trying to recall ;)

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    1. Hi Janine - It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be and it's a great feeling covering the same amount of distance in a lot less time! (The cat stayed home)

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  2. I had to click on over from Janine's blog...I just bought a bike, too! I really love it and am going to blog about it soon! I had an old 10 speed and felt all hunched over like you did, and with my new bike I'm definitely more upright. Yea for bike riding!

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    1. Yay Ginny - make sure you post a picture and I'll toodle on over to your blog to check it out. Sitting up more is so much nicer and I'm just loving my little excursions (altho my thighs were complaining a bit on the upward slopes!)

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  3. I'm laughing! You're in full tilt re-teen mode. Isn't it fun! We're gonna start calling you Gidget . . .
    Enjoy the day . . .
    Kimberly
    http://FiftyJewels.com

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    1. I love that Kimberley! I'm appointing myself as an official re-teen!

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  4. It's about time that those old bikes make a come-back. They are much more comfortable to ride than any 10-speed I've ever been on. Enjoy yours to the max, Leanne ... and thanks so much for being part of #1Word. :D

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    1. It's always fun doing the #1word and I'm definitely a fan of the old bike come-back Marcia!

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  5. Hahaha! I agree with Kimberly "Gidget" is the perfect name for you! Your excitement is contagious. I can't wait to hear about your new adventures!

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    1. Thanks Rena - I'm about to take the deadly tredly for a spin - Gidget might be turning in her grave but I'm having fun :)

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  6. Family bike rides are my favorite times. That's what we did on Mother's Day. Enjoy!!

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    1. Thanks Cristin - I'm loving the freedom!

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  7. How fun! I love to ride bikes, and I often look longingly at mine hanging in the garage. You'll have so much fun!

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    1. Hi Lana - my old one sat in the back of the shed til the tyres perished - I'm hoping this one has a more fruitful existence - so far so good :)

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  8. Love your bike! I want one too:) Do I see a cat there in the basket? If yes, that's a cute little fellow:)

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    1. Yes Abby - that is our very sociable cat that has to stick her nose into everything (she won't be coming riding with me tho). Glad to see you back in the blogosphere!

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  9. Oh, this sounds exciting! congratulations on your bike! Cycling is very high on my list of things I want to do more of when I have a bit more time on my hands. I estimate I have about 3 1/2 years to wait. Sigh.

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    1. Hi Natalie - those 3 1/2 years will be gone before you know it - at least you have something to look forward to helping fill all that future spare time (it'll probably be further down the track than you think but it comes quickly!)

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  10. I loved riding my bike as a kid, but couldn't even tell you the last time I rode one. Good for you!!

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    1. I was the same Lisa - I had one for a while when the kids were younger but it wasn't as comfortable to ride as this one and we lived in a very hilly area that was a bit off putting. This time around looks much more positive!

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  11. That is an awesome bike - I love it! Great post had a good chuckle - thanks for sharing :-)

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    1. thanks Claire - I'm pretty chuffed with the bike - especially the carry basket!

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  12. Looks a lot like my bike (which I just took a nasty spill on). Enjoy!! Bike riding is (usually) such fun!

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    1. I'll think of you Rabia if I'm ever lying on the ground next to my bike :)

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  13. This is a great post, Leanne, and thank you for adding it to #TheLeisureLink! Congrats on new career choice of leisure and many happy miles on the bike!!

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    1. thanks Terri - it's been a lovely way to feel like a big kid again

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  14. I love your blue bike and especially the basket. How fun! I bought an old 60's blue bike too, but I am awaiting a knee replacement so riding it will have to wait. I bet you will have a lot of fun tooling around on your bike!

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    1. I'm really enjoying coasting down the hills - going back up again is still a bit of a struggle - I hope the knee replacement happens soon and goes well

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  15. I think you made a great trade (your job for a bike). Oh where those wheels will take you. Enjoy!

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    1. yes Lisa, it's nice to not spend every day behind a desk - the fresh air is a nice trade off!

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  16. Hi Leanne! I just found this post on Terri's Leisure Linkup. I LOVE your bike and it reminds me of my own. We call them "cruisers" because they allow you to sit up like you say and they are very comfortable to ride. I really enjoy just tooling around and enjoying the ride so I completely agree they can be more fun than we usually expect. ~Kathy

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    1. Hi Kathy - I like the expression of "tooling around" and cruising - I'm going to call my bike a cruiser too now.

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  17. What a great activity to start! The way I was able to get my husband to go riding with me was to plan an excursion to an eatery for breakfast!! It was a win-win! jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com
    #theleisurelink

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    1. I really do love the bike riding and I'll have to try to convince my husband to join me sometime :) thanks for stopping by.

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