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I've been thinking of you!

Monday, September 15, 2014

I biked 43 miles with 5800 feet of elevation gain in 6 hours last Saturday! The event I signed up for was appropriately called Passport 2 Pain: 6500 feet in 50 miles but do you see the elevation gain in those last 7 miles?! Age is just a number but my number happens to be above 40, and I'm still considered overweight so I'm extremely happy with what I did! I had a really great summer training for it. I rode 35 miles of the planned route each week and learned so much about the area and about athletic success as well obviously. Here are some photos from along the route that I took during my training rides.

The reward of those hills is the view once I hit sea level:)
On Saturday, some friends came to cheerlead for me! This was taken while I was sitting during a break and my friends we're cheering a fellow rider up this hill:

On Sunday, my family took me to Paradise at Mt Rainier.

I sat in the lodge and stared at it while they hiked up it.

I probably could have finished the 50 miles if I cleaned up my eating over the summer and lost 15 pounds of fat but it's much harder for me to train myself nutritionally than physically. I just have to figure out how to work in computer time because you all are wonderful at helping me meet my nutrition goals and I miss befriending you. Also please know that I've spent my summer thinking of you all and sending you hugs!

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JITZUROE 11/9/2014 11:22AM


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CONTENTCHRIS 10/7/2014 11:44AM

    I feel we both are summer people. I too have done better this summer and hope to keep it going into the winter as well. Hope to see more blogs as I do not take time to do my 4 hour team checkins like I do in the winters. emoticon emoticon

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IAMWINNING 9/16/2014 3:29PM

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All that hard work over the summer sure paid off. You are fantastic!

And thanks for the pics. It's beautiful out there, and I appreciate you sharing with us.


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POLSKARENIA 9/16/2014 11:37AM

    Great photos and well done for the 43 miles - I'm dyspraxic so can't ride a bike, but I walk instead, fewer miles but equal enjoyment!

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NATPLUMMER 9/16/2014 9:56AM

    Awesome job!! I've been thinking about you, too!! emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 9/16/2014 8:01AM

    WOW! You are such a Wonder Woman in my eyes! How great to hear from you, and that you are doing AWE~some indeed! Keep up your FAB~ulous progress, dear heart~ I've sure missed you. emoticon BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AAAACK 9/16/2014 12:46AM

    Hey! No coulda or shoulda here - you DID! You did way more than your training rides, and that stuff is hard, baby, really hard! I can do other things, but cycling is not one of them. Be super proud of yourself! You went above and beyond (yes, pun intended for that elevation).

Woo and Hoo!

(I agree, it's really really hard to live and do computer stuff, it's why I'm rarely here, or get fatter, can't seem to find a nice balance).

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EOSTAR_45 9/15/2014 11:36PM

    emoticon You inspire me!

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/15/2014 11:31PM

    Wow, how beautiful! Good for you with this ride. You're doing great. Always nice to see you here.

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FROSTY99 9/15/2014 11:16PM

    emoticon job. I loved looking at the pics. I remember Mt. Ranier and how beautiful it is out there. Keep on staying active!!!

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GOLDENRODFARM 9/15/2014 11:00PM

    emoticon great photos!

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Bicycle adventures

Monday, June 23, 2014

The week before last, I took off work to ride my bicycle a lot. It's hard to take pictures during mountain biking (think trees and dirt) but here are some from my street bike. I'm sorry if they come out side ways. I can't seem to get them to rotate in the right direction.
A suspension bridge on the Olympic Discovery Trail:

A deer at the Dungeness River:

Past an old railroad track museum. I really loved the fern in the doorway:

A covered bridge:

The trail on the other end of the covered bridge!

Ships in the Strait of Juan de Fuca:

We did 44 miles that day. It was wonderful to have gotten good training mileage along with a "joy ride". Today I did 55 miles, many of them not so scenic because there's lots of construction where I was trying to go (around Lake Washington) but I feel really successful because I tested my endurance and I found my way out each time I got lost. Getting lost is my forte. Reading maps and following directions is not.
Here's a photo from the bridge at the end of my loop around the lake:

My training for my monster bike ride in September is going very well so far. It doesn't leave me much computer time at all, but I'll check in with you this summer when I can. I hope your summer is off to a great start!

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CANDOK1260 7/5/2014 11:46PM

    congrat on achievment me i ride into park car lol

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SIOBHANKNITS 6/24/2014 11:52PM

    Oh I miss Lake Washington so much! I lived on or near it for 17 years while I lived in the Seattle area (80s-90s). What a feat to go around the lake! Is 55 miles a complete loops then? Very cool and very impressive! What's your big ride in September? Is that the STP? I can't remember when that is.
Happy summer!

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AAAACK 6/24/2014 2:42PM

    I always love your photos, and especially love the first one in this series - the geometric patterning in the first one is really cool.

Keep riding! Keep taking these cool photos!

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TUBLADY 6/24/2014 7:44AM

    That bike ride was awesome. Those pictures are worth the ride for sure.
I rode 40 miles and felt it for days. but I'm not in the bike shape you are in for sure I said I'll never do that again. And here you are doing 55 miles after 44 miles. The monster ride is how long? 100 miles ?
I do believe the more scenic the ride , the less you feel the miles.
You are living up to your name, 2WheeledSharon.
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TEXASFILLY 6/23/2014 10:56PM

    My gawd! 55 miles?!?!?! You are a freakin' Olympic goddess in my book! *hugs* Bless your heart~ no wonder we've not heard from you in so long. You're out putting on mileage, sister~woman! HA! And good on YOU! Keep up your great momentum! emoticon emoticon BB~ emoticon emoticon

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FROSTY99 6/23/2014 9:35PM

    emoticon Beautiful pictures and that is emoticon how much riding you are getting. It really does sound like training is going well. You rock!!


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IAMWINNING 6/23/2014 9:14PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Wonderful! I'm so proud of you for your biking success. And the pictures are great - thank you. You are so much more than competent - you're emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/23/2014 9:11PM

    Thanks for sharing these great photos. What fun!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 6/23/2014 8:59PM

    Yay for upright photos! 2nd big victory of the day! emoticon

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What's happening!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

~Work has been too busy and too stressful. One good thing about it is that we're opening a shelter for 50 women next month because we've been running out of shelter spots some nights. That brings us up to 8 shelters we're running. Whew! Enough about that.
~I've really missed my dear, loyal SP friends. Thank you for your notes and goodies!
~When I saw how demanding work was getting, I promised myself I wouldn't sacrifice any exercise or trying to eat well. I'm no saint when it comes to eating but emoticon

~I've signed up for a 50 mile, 6500 foot elevation gain bicycle ride in September. It happens on the island I live on and the ride is fittingly called the "Passport 2 Pain". It's not a race because going up the hills here is quite enough of a challenge. In fact, to take the competitive edge off the bicyclists, they have 18 check point stations at which volunteers compete to have the best amenities for the riders. From what I hear, the volunteers have a great time out-nice-ing each other:) When I mentioned the event to some of the women at the shelters, they asked if they could volunteer, which would be even sweeter!
My trainer says I'm more than half trained for it already and we have plenty of time to finish training me. Since most of the physical work is taken care of, I'm feeling motivated to work on my everlasting challenge, aka good nutrition. I'm completely sugar free (never been into sugar substitutes) except for berries or oranges if I'm having a craving. Woo hoo! She's also started me with a high protein, high fat, high vegetable focus which I actually love because I don't have to count calories (YAY) and it really agrees with my endomorphic body type (I've read it jokingly described as someone who gains fat when they walk past a restaurant and gains muscle walking past a gym, but no joke that's me).
So I not only love the distraction from work all this has been providing, but also I get to eat more than 2 little tablespoons of peanut butter every day! emoticon

My sister and her boyfriend and I are taking the 2nd week off in June to ride our bikes on the Olympic Peninsula Discovery Trail. I think we've decided to take 5 days to do 100 miles and we'll be stopping often to look at the mountains and ocean, so it's really about joy riding.
Other than that, I really don't know what's going on and I'm looking forward to finding out once I stop being at my job 6 days a week. Hey, that's next week! Woo hoo!
Thanks for sticking with me this far. How are YOU?

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TEXASFILLY 6/1/2014 2:27AM

    Congratulations on getting a new shelter for your ladies. Sure wish we lived in a caring society where there were no need for such things. Pray you are blessed for all your hard work on their behalf, dear heart. *hugs* Know you'll be a success in your bike competition~ 'n it'll be interesting to hear how you're pampered! *LOL* Take care of yourself, sweetie~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon

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IAMWINNING 5/26/2014 7:11PM

    Congratulations on being able to open another shelter next month. I'm sure it's been a lot of work getting it ready. I know those additional women will appreciate having a clean, safe place to be.

I've missed you, and even while understanding WHY you've not been able to post as much this month, I'm certainly looking forward to your being back with us more.

The 50 mi race in September sounds like a good challenge. GOOD for you for being in such good shape that you're well on the way to being ready. I like that you have a trainer. I'm really looking forward to hearing about the race afterwards, including about the check point stations.

emoticon I hope the three of you have a wonderful time early next month biking on the Olympic Peninsula Discovery Trail. It sounds like a really enjoyable ride - not pushing too hard, stopping to smell the roses - errr, look at the mountains and water.

Great to hear from you.....what's going on and planned.

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SHERYLP461 5/26/2014 3:41PM

    I did not know you ran shelters, that is so wonderful, I bet you are tired!
Congratulations on the bike challenge, I love biking, but living in Florida never take hills. It sounds like fun though and I wish I could join in. The most I have ever done is a total of 40 miles. That was tough enough. I need a new bike though and I think I am getting a cruiser with gears. I have been reading up on Slow Biking and love the concept of actually enjoying the ride.

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FROSTY99 5/26/2014 12:45PM

    Sharon I have to admire you for signing on for the ride. I really do need to get back to riding my bike, ONCE the babies are gone. A dove built a nest behind the seat and we have had 2 babies we have enjoyed watching. One left the nest this morning so expect the other to leave later today or tomorrow.
Sounds like it will be an active vacation if you are riding-enjoy the sights. I do envy you your cooler weather. Anything I do here has to be done early before the heat hits me. I keep walking earlier and earlier so soon I will be walking before I go to sleep - ha ha!
Looking forward to seeing pics of your travels.

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/26/2014 12:18AM

    Always nice to hear from you. Have fun!

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An active weekend

Sunday, March 23, 2014

From my bike ride Saturday morning:

I took these while I was kayaking today:

From my beach combing walk Sunday evening:

Geoduck, pronounced gooey-duck:

Wouldn't have gotten far if I waited til evening to get out in the kayak.

This is the bottom of a gully I passed in the kayak:

And here's the top of the gully I passed during my walk. It was fun for me to pass it from the water and street side today. Maybe you had to be there.

So I had a very active day. Usually, I spend all my Sunday morning hours taking a nap in the recliner but I made myself get up and about early today. I feel a lot better for it. Hope you enjoyed all the photos.

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CONTENTCHRIS 4/20/2014 10:01AM

    Nice pics girly. Hope your spring is amazing!

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2BDYNAMIC 4/19/2014 9:59PM

    Yes--enjoyed your beautiful photos! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 4/18/2014 11:28AM

    What a beautiful day :-) emoticon

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FROSTY99 4/18/2014 11:20AM

    Just beautiful. I always enjoy seeing your pictures-BUT they make me want to return to your area. I loved it when we visited two different times. Hopefully I will get to return again.
Makes one really appreciate the beauty all around us doesn't it???
Have a wonderful weekend.

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AAAACK 3/30/2014 2:30PM

    I always love your photos! I have to visit WA at some point, it's just so pretty.
I think I need to resubscribe to your blogs, though, for some reason I'm not getting notices anymore. Every few weeks, I think it happens. Easy fix, though.

Have a great weekend.

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FROSTY99 3/25/2014 9:29PM

    emoticon Enjoyed going on your hike and the kayak trip. Looks like a lovely day to be out and about.

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TEXASFILLY 3/24/2014 8:06PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon you! So proud of you & all you accomplish, dear heart. What beautiful pics, too! Keep up your great momentum~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon

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IAMWINNING 3/24/2014 1:29PM

    Thank you for sharing your Saturday and Sunday in photos. They are beautiful. I'm glad you're able to get out and bike and kayak "already" this year. I say "already" because of our weather - I'm glad you're is better than ours is.

Good for you for getting out Sunday a.m. instead of resting - for me, a nap is so tempting, even when I don't get around to it. LOL

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NORASPAT 3/24/2014 11:28AM

    GREAT JOB to leave the recliner and get out in to nature. Really great you have your Kayak and your bike and your youth. Great job. I loved the photos. About the caption on the GEODUCK we call them sand dollars are they the same thing. HUGS and much love. I think you made a good choice to move back to the island. How do you eel about it ?

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NATPLUMMER 3/24/2014 11:06AM

    A beautiful and active weekend....nice!

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2BEHEALTHY2014 3/24/2014 10:16AM

    Thanks for sharing. I always enjoy your photos!

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/24/2014 8:40AM

    Beautiful photos.

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DOOBRIE 3/24/2014 3:41AM

    Your photos are so good you should be a professional photographer! You really brought your weekend to life.


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Cross country skiing plus update

Sunday, March 16, 2014

All the rain we've been getting at sea level meant there would be lots of snow on the mountains, so my sister, her boyfriend and I went cross country skiing last weekend.
Wow, were we right about the snow. We were glad we decided on a day trip rather than lodging!

We had to climb up this bank from the parking lot. I'm sorry the photos are sideways, I can't figure out how to rotate them for this blog.

It was very beautiful in the valley.

I was looking for presents under this Christmas tree:)

On my way to unintentionally running into Jim and Jennifer, except I wasn't going fast enough, so I got out my camera.

Here's an action shot of me.

And a waterfall on the ride back down the mountain.

We had a great time. We weren't cold at all because we were well wrapped up and kept moving. We would have stayed out longer than the couple hours we were there, but we were told the avalanche risk was "moderate" so we decided the fun we had was enough and we shouldn't risk ruining it.
Other than that, I'm happy that I've been able to keep up with all my exercise desires despite work being too demanding and my long daily commute. The variety of exercise helps my stress more than anything else. This winter is the first one where I've trained myself to run outside through the winter, which helps so much with keeping arthritis pain managed. It's been hard to motivate myself to get out there when it's pouring down rain, but when I get done, I look and feel like:

Yo Adrian I did it!
So that's great but I still have 15 pounds to lose, as I have for the past year. Good for me for keeping off 50 pounds but until I get this last 15 off, the doctor says I'm still too high risk for type 2 diabetes in the future. It doesn't make any sense that instead of planning and cooking meals, I'd much rather ski, bike, run, take HIIT classes 3 times a week, and walk 3.5 miles a day during my commute, but as fortunate as I am to do all I do, the real opportunity lies in accomplishing the goals of the challenges I keep avoiding. I'll work on resetting some specific goal plans and get back to you.
I hope you're all feeling great and treating yourselves well!

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2BDYNAMIC 4/19/2014 10:00PM

    Wow! What a fantastic day you had! Keep up your good work! emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 3/23/2014 1:20AM

    WOW! That's a lotta snow! You sound like a pioneer adventurer to me when it comes to cross-country skiing! *LOL* I'm glad y'all had a great time.

And a big CONGRATULATIONS on maintaining your weight loss! That is great! Keep up your diligent efforts~ you know what to do to make it happen~ and that other 15 will be gone in no time. *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CONTENTCHRIS 3/20/2014 12:54AM

    emoticon Blog loved the pics I sit sideways a lot so could see em fine. emoticon

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AAAACK 3/18/2014 9:06PM

    It definitely makes sense to me! Moving feels MUCH better than limiting myself to a plan of any sort. I just don't always move enough to compensate - you know that story, though. I've told it so many times.

I LOVE your photos of the ski trip - what an AWESOME way to exercise. Thanks so much for sharing!

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2BEHEALTHY2014 3/18/2014 10:47AM

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing,

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DEBADEAU 3/17/2014 8:11PM

    Such pretty photos! It makes the snow look less annoying ;)

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DOOBRIE 3/17/2014 7:10PM

    Beautiful photos Sharon! Well done you for getting lots of healthy exercise in.

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IAMWINNING 3/17/2014 6:31PM

    What gorgeous pictures! Wow! Thanks so much for providing them, along with your commentary about what y'all did and saw. Uh, you never did say: did you find presents under the Christmas tree? emoticon I'm glad you had such a good time, and also glad that you didn't push your luck regarding avalanches.

All the types of exercise you do are wonderful. I'm confident that those pesky 15 pounds will come off. Certainly, you're stronger than you used to be, and doubtless healthier. Keep pushing, Sharon, and you'll lose those pounds. 2014 WILL be the year!

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FROSTY99 3/17/2014 12:51PM

    Thank you for sharing-snow looks lovely but a picture is as close as I want to get to it these days! emoticon
Doesn't it seem that with all the exercise that the weight should at least slowly come off. It sounds like you are doing great on that front. emoticon this year if you emoticon
I am happy you have kept the weight off, for some reason this winter I have let 15 lbs creep back on and I am not happy. Now I am working on getting it off and then I can start on the rest I need to lose!!!

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NATPLUMMER 3/16/2014 10:59PM

    It looks like you had a great time in the snow!! You are doing so well keeping up with all of your exercise…I am very proud of you for getting out in the weather to run!

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NORASPAT 3/16/2014 10:00PM

    WOO HOO it was great to read you are doing great. I have been busy waiting for family to come to live with us. It is a small house and they arrived with 150 boxes and kept 60 at he house it is a bit if a squeeze but we shall overcome.

KEEP up the GOOD WORK. HUGS and much love Pat in Maine.
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