Beauty and the Bike

Week One of Ga.’s Bike Challenge



The Bike to Work Challenge – a Georgia-wide event – is happening all month in October. I’ve gotten it into my pretty little head that I’m going to participate this year.

I first heard about it last year and had no interest. To be honest, I have no idea why that changed.

First of all, I don’t exercise. I know I should, and I keep telling myself I’m going to start. But, I don’t. I’m just flat out too lazy to do it. I don’t want to wake up early and when I leave work, exercise is the last thing I want to do.

Secondly, I haven’t seriously ridden a bike since an accident five years ago left me with only one foot. I mean, I’ve ridden on an exercise bike in therapy, but my prosthetic foot was strapped in so it would stay on the pedal.

I also rode around the block at the beach with one of my friends, but that’s hardly a 3-mile bike ride to and from work.

So, why in the world did I decide to participate this year? Don’t know. Don’t really care. I’m just going to do it. Yeah, it’s going to be hard – probably harder for me than some other folks – but it’s going to happen and I’m excited for the challenge.

The Bike to Work Challenge promotes healthy living and a clean environment. It’s also a competition. At the end of the month, there will be seven individual winners and three team winners. There will also be random drawings each week where seven random individuals will win a prize. The grand prize winners are chosen through a point system. Each trip and event is awarded a specific number of points and the total tally at the end of the month determines the winners. To learn more, visit

Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, there is one little snag I ran into when I decided to do this. I don’t own a bike. Lucky for me, I live in a fantastic community.

Alpha Bikes on Haynes Bridge Road has sportingly allowed me to borrow a bicycle for the month of October. I didn’t even have to beg. The owner, Michael Horwitz, is an amazingly nice, down-to-earth guy who was willing to assist me. Who knows, maybe he’ll be able to convince me to buy one of his bikes and join in some of the trail rides they’re a part of. (Like them on Facebook to find out more about those.)

Stay tuned. I’ll be running a weekly update on my biking adventures. Here’s to hoping I rack up enough points to win something.

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