Ok, I have had the beast for a couple of weeks and have ridden it almost every day. The time has come to talk about how it rides and where I’ve been riding it. Let me first state that riding up hills by upper body power only is NOT EASY, no matter how low of a granny gear you use… of course, I am a new injury an am just starting to build up arm and shoulder strength now that the fine folks at Advanced Physical Therapy have gotten my shoulders to move almost normally. I have been told that going up hills will get easier, so I just keep telling myself that… But I am back on a bike! I am not locked in to going only the places I can go in my chair. I am pretty lucky that a trailhead to access all of Anchorage’s hillside trails is right next to my neighborhood. All I have to do is ride down my street, cross a parking lot and get on the trails. These trails are maintained year round for skiing and biking, so it is great to have such easy access. It just takes me longer to get around these days without the use of my legs.
Let’s go riding! Continue reading
You may have seen a few posts back where I was awarded a grant from the High Fives Foundation to help purchase a handcycle from Lasher Sport. Well, the bike is at the powdercoat shop and all the components are in, so it should be ready for me to ride in a week or two. I’ll do a cool post about the building of my bike when it comes in, as I have been following its construction (I am lucky enough to live in the same town as the Lasher shop…).
High Fives Foundation has just designated me as one of their Winter Empowerment Athletes, hopefully due to my undying love of the outdoors and my determination to get back out there. They have set up a fund specifically for the purpose of helping to fund more of the adaptive sports equipment that will keep me going all year long. Continue reading
I am totally stoked! This week, I was able to order a new Hand Cycle the ATH from LasherSport here in Anchorage. This was made possible in part with the proceeds from selling my bikes and donations from friends, but this purchase was mostly the result of a grant from the High Fives Foundation a Tahoe-based non-profit organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for athletes who have suffered a life-altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter action sports community. I have been selected as one of their Winter Empowerment Athletes. I am stoked to say that I will be getting in shape for the upcoming winter by cycling my way around the roads and trails and pushing myself to show how much fun you can have while getting after it, no matter your situation. High Fives will be there to help me and others keep the stoke going, no matter what happened to us.
Now you may say that “Ira is just one of those spandex clad Nordic weenies.” That has definitely been true for portions of each winter, but I have dedicated much more of my time to planning trips and adventuring in the mountains. With the exception of this last year, I have managed to get in 50+ days a year of Heli assisted and human powered Backcountry Big Mountain Telemark skiing and a little smattering of days at the resorts when avalanche conditions dictated. And besides, if you say Nordic racing is not an action sport, you have not seen the bumps and grinds that happen in a sprint race! It is almost a no-holds barred event! My work with Rossignol has let me help promote the stoke of skiing, whether it be on the trails or off the cliffs, for many years and I am happy to be a part of an organization that will help me keep that stoke going in the future by helping me get ready for winter. High Fives all around!