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SparKayaking with CCKELLY3

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Yesterday I had fun whitewater paddling in the Adirondacks with some friends from Massachusetts and Maine.

Today Cassandra (CCKELLY3) came down to visit from Rochester and we went paddling on Seneca Lake.

She went in the Hobie Outback Mirage and I took my new Jackson Allstar that I bought in Colorado.

We paddled them up the lake a few houses to visit my friend Linda and her friends who train Newfoundland dogs for water rescue and had them pull our boats in a couple of times. Then we paddled south past the marina and had a picnic on a beach in Sampson State Park where Cassandra tried to rescue an injured monarch butterfly from various threats such as ants and hornets.

Then we paddled back, brought the boats home, changed, and went and had ice cream at the Cayuga Lake Creamery. Good times.

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WOLFKITTY 10/14/2010 11:53PM


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KAYAK-A-MANIAC 9/27/2010 12:54PM

    Sounds like you had a great weekend!
Love the pics emoticon

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KAYAKKIM 9/27/2010 11:37AM

    What fun! Sounds like a great outing!

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GRACEFULIFE 9/27/2010 9:46AM

    Even the low-volume playboat has a lot more freeboard than the whitewater boats I was in when I went with the club back then. I swear the boats were sluggish because I just had the boats way below their designed waterlines...

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CARRIE1948 9/27/2010 7:28AM

    Looks like great fun

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EILEENV3 9/27/2010 5:58AM

    I'm so glad you're enjoying your new fit life! emoticon

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GHK1962 9/27/2010 1:30AM

    Totally radical!!

I LOVE kayaking! Goooo youuuuuuuuu

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DDOORN 9/27/2010 12:12AM

    Oh how cool is THAT! :-)


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GRACEFULIFE 9/26/2010 11:35PM

    Looks like a great time!

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Because I'm stuck at the airport waiting for my new flight (the original one was canceled) with nothing better to do, here is a NEW picture of my guns (the right one to be specific) just for BREWMASTERBILL.

Hot off the presses, so to speak.

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HAVASUROSE 10/9/2010 10:49PM

  Keep up the good work, still, I think that my Poop scooping guns are bigger.... emoticon

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NIMNIX 9/12/2010 8:35PM

    You licensed to pack that kind of heat?

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DANSTOUT 9/12/2010 5:09PM

    I wondered what all that noise was :) It was dem cannons.

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    You know how to make me happy. GRRRRRRR!!!!!!! emoticon

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GRACEFULIFE 9/12/2010 3:56PM

    one thousand one.. one thousand two... one thousand three....

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100 miles biked. 8:38 including breaks. 3278 calories burned. $345 raised for HIV & AIDS support

Sunday, September 12, 2010

I rode my first century in 27 years yesterday. That's 100 miles in one day. Last time it took me 10 hours. This time it took me 8 hours and 38 minutes.

(The sign says "100.9 miles")

It took 6:53 of actual biking (about 14.7 mph on average). I got two free 5-minute massages, once at the lunch rest stop (59.3 miles) and once at the end (100.9 miles).

My butt was not very sore because I broke down and put a gel seat cover on my bike saddle. My calves hurt the most, surprisingly. At about 55 miles they really started to hurt so I began hydrating like crazy and took advantage of the massage option.

Between the 59.3 and 75.7 mile stops there was a nasty headwind. I was riding alone, so when a group of four Cornell students (including one on the cycling team) passed me, I put on the gas and drafted behind them for about 5 miles. They were like a machine in a double pace line. I kept up until I pulled out in front to try and take my turn (which happened to be uphill) and just couldn't do it. The effort was so much that I couldn't keep up with them, even drafting. But by then the worst of the headwind was over, thankfully.

At about mile 95 I got tired of the pain and became something not entirely human - basically went berserk - and sprinted to the finish at about 25mph. I was D.O.N.E. hahaha

At rest stop two I met another Spark Person, LJOHN44. We took some photos together:

She'd been up late the night before making peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. Which were delicious, by the way. I had FOUR quarter sandwiches.

Special thanks to Spark Person EILEENV3 who even helped sponsor my ride, although we've never met in person!

More pictures here:

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WOLFKITTY 4/25/2011 11:18AM

    Oh, wow!!

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LIVESTRONG2010 9/24/2010 5:11PM

    WOW what an amazing ride you had. emoticon To complete a century is a feeling that is almost without words to explain. I am very proud of you.

You rode a very strong ride and great thinking hooking up with the pace group in the winds. You just got to love that wind. That does not kill will only make you stonger for the next century! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Great job cutting your time! emoticon
You look great and so happy in your photos!!!

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LJOHN44 9/12/2010 5:59PM

    Woo hoo! You rocked it! You were way at the front of the pack when you hit our Pit Stop. We got slammed after you left. I can't believe I forgot to take off that ugly plaid shirt for the picture! I put it on when we got up at 5am -it was frickin' cold that morning! I'm glad it turned out to be such nice weather.
We're told every year how much people look forward to the PB&J Pit Stop so we make them with a lot of love-we make them how we'd like to eat them!

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GEE-KNEE 9/12/2010 2:55PM

    Thats so cool!!! You are amazing. Keep it up.

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EILEENV3 9/12/2010 12:42PM

    Congrats! emoticon

You are such a great montivation given your journey.

I would love to hear more about the gel seat cover. I don't like doing bike rides more than 20 or so more because of the seat issue. Though I will admit that I don't have bike short yet. emoticon

Again, I'm so proud for you of what you've done.


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STARLIGHT615 9/12/2010 12:12PM

    WOW what a great accomplishment!! Congrats!

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DDOORN 9/12/2010 12:05PM

    Wonderful to hear of your success! What BEAUTIFUL weather you had for your ride too!

I'm anxiously awaiting my MS City to Shore ride on 9/25-26...! 100 miles on 9/25 from Cherry Hill, NJ to Ocean City, NJ and 75 miles ride the following day returning to Cherry Hill...!

Wish I was able to manage a camera while riding...miss being able to share pics of my rides.


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BLUEANDGOLD57 9/12/2010 10:56AM

    Congratulations on a great ride!

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BREWMASTERBILL 9/12/2010 10:33AM

    Wow, great job and awesome gun shot in pic17. You got a license to carry?

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MILNE81 9/12/2010 10:20AM

    That's great! Our first century is next Saturday! We can't wait. We're actually only doing a metric century (62 miles) but we're supper excited. We ride between 10 and 11 mph on average so we'll be in the saddle for about 6 hours no counting the rest stops. The century is call the All You Can Eat Century! I just have to make sure I don't actually eat all I can :)

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ATREAT4ME 9/12/2010 10:16AM

    Awesome! Incredible! I so want to ride in a century. At the end of Sept., DH and I are scheduled to ride our tandem in a 65-mile ride. It'll be the longest ride I've ever attempted. And when I finish, I will be somewhat on my way to my first century. I cannot wait to have an accomplishment like yours. It is such a fantastic job. Congratulations and I hope you enjoy it for a long time!

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CRAZYWIG 9/12/2010 10:08AM

    Congratulations!!!!! emoticon

What an accomplishment!

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GRACEFULIFE 9/12/2010 10:05AM

    Hahaha, awesome job! I'd love to ride in a pace line like that... I watch the pros and it just looks crazy bada55!

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GEINAHG0757 9/12/2010 9:48AM

    What a great physical accomplishment - and raised money for a worthy cause, too! WOW! Hope you are not too sore today.


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KAREN_01 9/12/2010 9:42AM

    Every time you amaze me!! You're such a star!

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MMALONEY15 9/12/2010 9:32AM

    Awesome job!!! You make me want to get up and go!!!! emoticon

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I believe I can fly

Monday, August 23, 2010

This weekend I went to Ohiopyle State Park with some friends and paddled the Lower Youghiogheny river in Pennyslvania.

This weekend for the first time the Park has begun a trial period allowing people to run Ohiopyle falls more than one day a year.

We ran it on Sunday, the day after the race. The video is of my drop. Yes, those are platforms of spectators on the shore in the background.

Here is another angle. You can see my friend Aubrey on the rock in the background, shooting the video.

The whole series can be seen here:

After running the falls we continued on for another 4+ hours, running the river and playing along the way. I burned well over 1000 calories both Saturday and Sunday, according to my heart rate monitor.

It was a good weekend.

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GEE-KNEE 9/7/2010 11:22AM

    That looks hard, but fun. You are amazing. Keep it up.

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PSSN4FITNESS 8/25/2010 10:35AM

    Great post! That is some high intensity activity! I love to get outdoors and play in the water and burn some serious calories at the same time. What a perfect day!

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LILPAT3 8/24/2010 12:04PM

    It looks like a lot of fun. I prefer other endeavors myself (bad knees) but I think it was emoticon that you did this.

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CHEMMD 8/23/2010 6:54PM

  Whoa! Somebody's really getting active here. Way to go.

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LIVESTRONG2010 8/23/2010 1:31PM

    WOW likes like fun but I think I'll stay with the bike. You keep enjoying yourself!!!!

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TIREDOFWORKING 8/23/2010 11:20AM

    That looks awesome!
And that is some massive calorie burn!

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GRACEFULIFE 8/23/2010 11:17AM

    I can't help but think, gee maybe the creek boat would have been better for the bottom... oh and PADDLE FASTER before the drop! Hehe emoticon

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SMOOCHIEFACE 8/23/2010 10:24AM

    Wow, that looks scary. Glad you enjoyed yourself!!!

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MAPETERSON42 8/23/2010 10:04AM

    That looks like fun but also a bit emoticon. Especially the part at the bottom.

Still pretty nifty.

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DANSTOUT 8/23/2010 7:42AM

    Nice! Looks like you had a great time. And it's good to see you back on top at PD.

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KAYAKKIM 8/23/2010 7:15AM

    Very impressive! That is a real accomplishment!

I used to paddle whitewater, but got scared off years ago when I almost lost my older sister on this very river. She got stuck in a hydraulic at the bottom of a drop and was under for about a minute. She shot out with such force it was astonishing. That showed me the power of whitewater and I have to admit it scared me! I might go back someday for some class 2 playtime, but I'll wait until my kids are bigger and stick to flatwater for now!

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CARRIE1948 8/23/2010 7:01AM

    What an accomplishment!

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    Dayum, way to get air born.

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GRACEFULIFE 8/23/2010 6:33AM

    So you got stuck at the bottom of the falls for a bit, eh? At least you were able to get out in a reasonable period. Sounds like you had a good time... awesome! :)

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DDOORN 8/23/2010 6:27AM

    You are just AMAZING! I'll bet it DOES feel like you've taken flight hurling yourself into that whitewater!

While I can appreciate the thrill this must bring, have to admit I doubt I'd ever be drawn enough to do something like this...whew! :-)


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REILLYGIRRRL 8/23/2010 6:20AM

  Very cool.

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STALEYK 8/23/2010 5:19AM

    WOW! That was something! A little scary looking... emoticon

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KAREN_01 8/23/2010 5:16AM

    Wow, that is amazing!!

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Belated Weekend Update

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Well, after that depressing "struggling" blog, I guess I should mention that things have perked up. I'm back under 170 and holding pretty strong. Would like to get back under 160, and if I'm consistent I know I'll get there.

Some of the depression was almost certainly due to that "time of the month" (Sorry BREWMASTERBILL, I have to call it like I see it), and some of the weight (water?) gain might have been as well.

Saturday I swam 1.2 miles in Cayuga Lake chop for hospice and beat last month's Musselman time by 10 minutes.
Partly because I had a following wind pushing me and partly because I wasn't saving anything for a 56 mile bike ride afterward. LOL

The waves were so fun that when I got out out of the water I ran to my car and grabbed my whitewater kayak which was conveniently in there and paddled back out in time to escort some 2nd wave swimmers in. I was hoping to meet LJOHN44 who said she was there, but I somehow missed her. I'll hopefully meet her next month on the 100-miile biking AIDS Ride for Life.

Then I drove around to the other side of the lake and kayaked around taking pictures of my friends wind and kite surfing.

Next I went to a friend's house and practiced my back deck roll and my hands roll in her pond and tried single-track mountain biking.

She had friends visiting and her live-in chef (it's a long story) cooked this AMAZING 4-course meal for us:

The writing is too small to read in the photo, so here's what it says:

Hacienda Heirlooms
Smoked Vermont farmhouse mozzarella
organic basil
reduced balsamic syrup
farmers market garlic crostini

Anton's Beets
Lively Run goat cheese
hazelnut viniagrette
micro greens
torn herbs

Seared Dayboat Scallops
swiss chard with Piggery bacon
crispy fingerling potato chips (6 each)
dijon mustard pan sauce

Porcini Risotto
shiraz-braised pork cheek medallion
sage graniolata
parmesano reggiano

Each course was small, like an appetizer. They came slowly while we sipped red wine, chatted about kayaking and other topics, and listened to music.

So tired that night I actually crashed on her couch. And when I weighed myself the next morning I'd actually LOST weight.

Next morning loaded the boat back into the car, drove home (via another creek to see the put in and take out - at some point it will start raining again and then I will run Taughannock), got home, took a shower, jumped back into the car and hied to church.

Briefly attended a vestry meeting and then drove down to Ithaca to pick up 2 Cornell students and their kayak gear so we could go to Watertown and surf the Route 3 wave.

Met my best boating buddy up there and the four of us surfed for hours.

The buddy's parents came and hung out with all of us and we grilled sausages and chicken right there on the shore. It was a great time. Played in the water until it got too dark to see and packed everything up and came back. Didn't get home until 1am and I don't regret it one bit.

It was the kind of weekend summers are supposed to have.

Next weekend I'm going camping with three friends to kayak on the Youghiogheny. I *might* even run the 18' falls, depending on how I feel.

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HAVASUROSE 8/25/2010 7:42PM

  The best weekends are two days that seem like three! Been there trying to still do that. emoticon

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EILEENV3 8/19/2010 10:02AM

    Awesome weekend! emoticon

The biggest motivation I have for losing weight and getting fit, is so I can have the energy to do the fun stuff in life. "Fit is Fun" is sort of a motto for me. You are living it. emoticon

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DDOORN 8/18/2010 11:07PM

    Jam packed weekend...just the way I love 'em! :-)

Thx for the great pics too!


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CARRIE1948 8/18/2010 7:23AM

    I get exhausted reading this. Then again, I'm walking with a cane these days and each step is cardio.

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GRACEFULIFE 8/17/2010 7:18PM

    Thanks for the menu rundown, I was wondering. It does sound good! Hooray for foodies!

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CHEMMD 8/17/2010 6:55PM

  Talk about a turn around! Looks like you could blame your hormones on that slump. The important thing is you decided to change and act on it the very next day!

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JAY75REY 8/17/2010 4:48PM

    Living the good life! I like it.

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ELYMWX 8/17/2010 2:46PM

    Sounds like a great weekend!

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JOSOP2009 8/17/2010 1:44PM

    If you pack that much into a weekend, I can't wait to read your next vacation blog!!

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BREWMASTERBILL 8/17/2010 12:51PM

    Nice to see the turn around! ToM ... (ear mufs) ... LALALALALALALALA

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GRACEFULIFE 8/17/2010 12:25PM

    Yep... sounds like a VERY good weekend to me!

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