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Intro kayaking trip

Sunday, September 11, 2011

My friend Peter and I led an intro kayaking trip today to the south end of Cayuga Lake for the Cornell Outing Club. We brought three undergrads with us.

Here we are, tying the boats onto my car:

Once we got to the launching spot we had them try attaching their skirts to the boat and practice exiting:

Next we got them into the water and had them practice flipping over and pulling the skirt off and demonstrate that they could get out without panicking:

After that we paddled over to a nearby park, chasing ducks and seagulls, practicing our forward and sweep strokes:

Then we stopped for lunch, ate, and returned in a light rain. Here's a GPS track of our journey with more pictures:

I felt mostly OK, although at one point one of my legs fell asleep. It was the same side that had the stiff knee yesterday.

Now I'm home and looking forward to relaxing the rest of the day with the cats. A storm just rolled in and there's a nice sound of rain on the roof. A perfect afternoon to stay inside and nap.

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KAYOTIC 9/13/2011 9:50AM

    Wish I was closer, I could do some kayaking....guess I really do need to look for something like this out here, or just rent them at the lake!

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    You are a true inspiration to all of us on spark people. I love you sharing blogs like this due to the fact that this is the life so many of us are craving to do!

You are amazing!



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DDOORN 9/12/2011 10:55PM

    Great way to spread your love of kayaking...I'm sure they could pick up your infectious enthusiasm!! :-)


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ANNE7X7 9/12/2011 1:44PM

    Can you move closer to me so I can take your intro to kayaking?

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/11/2011 5:36PM

    naw. I'm nice to the noobs. Peter was a noob once, and he got into it so much that he's better than I am, now!

I need a Krew to paddle with, and this is one of the places I get them - I MAKE them. LOL

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    Do you do a little n00b p0wning on the lake just for initiation?

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IMNAHA 9/11/2011 4:30PM

    That looks like so much fun! I used to river raft when I was younger and loved it. emoticon

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HOAGIE22 9/11/2011 4:27PM

  Git Er Done!!

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104 miles biked, 3509 calories burned, $431.85 raised for HIV research and care

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The original blog post I'd prepared disappeared (thanks, Chrome.) and I'm not going to write the whole dang thing again.

Here is the abbreviated version:

I rode in the AIDS Ride for Life century again this year.

Here is a map with an elevation profile and some more pictures:

Here is last year's blog entry

We met for dinner the night before

We met at 6am this morning to start

There were rest stops every 15-20 miles.

17.6 miles

33.3 miles

I missed the stop at 45.9 miles. Never saw it!
My legs started cramping up pretty badly around 57 miles so I wolfed down a granola bar I was carrying and some gatorade. I didn't stop.

59.3 miles

At this rest stop they had free 5-minute massages and whatever she did made the calf cramps go away. My left knee still hurt and sometimes went numb on and off the rest of the ride.

75.7 miles

87.8 miles

Then to the finish, where the organizers provided a wall of cheering people on either side.

We all survived, more or less.

I feel pretty good. My knees are on ice, though.

I have to lead a beginning kayak trip tomorrow. Hope I'm up for it!

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MIRAGE727 9/15/2011 4:48PM

    I wanted to give you a shout out when I first saw the blog but then it disappeared! Thanks for resubmitting.

I did the AIDSWalk St Petersburg last Saturday but ran the course. I've been involved in AIDS Awareness for over 20 years so I really appreciate your achievement. That's a hella good effort! It's great to workout for a cause.
Thank you for paying it forward!

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KATBYRNE 9/13/2011 10:00AM

    OK, now you're just showing off! Skiing, Kayaking and now a Biking Race! You know with your 160 lbs lost and your current lifestyle you are going to start making severely overweight people think they can do anything! You already make those of us less weight challenged feel like we're behind the game so we start exhibiting strange behavior like getting up 30 minutes earlier to yoga and going to the gym even when we have a headache!

Why you could start an entire epidemic of behavior with this kind of example. Imagine across the nation, hapless overweight people will rise and walk (and walk, and walk!) Next thing you know they'll all be Kayaking and Skiing, too! And then where will we be?

I just hope you know what you're starting! :)

(You are where I point anyone who says they CAN'T do it!)

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    This is incredible! You are simply amazing lady! You inspire me with your motivated healthy self! You make being active look fun and exciting.

Rock on!


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ANNE7X7 9/12/2011 1:43PM

    You.are.amazing! I can't fathom cycling that kind of distance! WOW!

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TENACIOUSTIGER 9/11/2011 10:41AM

    looks like a great day woo hoo and kayaking as well how awesome. My husband was doing an adventure race today mtb/paddle and run and fell off his bike and broke his r shoulderblade. He is not very impressed. Still no surgery needed just needs to rest and strap and support the arm.We seem to be in the wars atm

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LADYGWEN25 9/11/2011 10:24AM

    awesome ride! love the photo pics of it!

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DOWNTOWNJEN 9/11/2011 10:24AM

    Awesome, awesome, AWESOME! I'm so proud of you, rock star!

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    Looks like a great time. Calories burned (3.5K, dayum!), money raised. Can't beat that with a bat.

One suggestion. I use a program called OneNote by Microsoft. I'm not saying it's the best program or anything, but it allows to just start free forming text. It's supposed to be a virtual notepad with sections and tabs and such. I use it to compose my blog posts. Aside from word processor thingies like auto-correct it also saves as you type (kind of like when you really write in a notebook). I use this instead of the crappy web browser. Might wanna look into one of those tools to spare future aggravation.

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FITFABME2 9/11/2011 1:15AM

    Wow! You're awesome...that's incredible...great exercise AND a good cause. Can't beat the combo -- good for you!

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DDOORN 9/10/2011 11:06PM

    AWESOME deal! Looks like a great time had by all!

Have a blast out on your kayak...your TRUE love! :-)


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Shhhhh. Don't tell my PT or my surgeon...

Sunday, September 04, 2011

I kayaked in the lake today (which was according to the PT's suggestion).

The shoulders felt OK, if a little sore.

What I WASN'T supposed to do is roll my boat. But I felt pretty good and I have been wondering all this time if I might have forgotten how. (I haven't tried since I last boated in April before the surgery.)

So I tried one on each side, and nailed them each on the first attempt. Phew! That's a relief!

I think I'll sleep well tonight, knowing I still can do it.

In case you're new on the scene and don't know the history of me and kayaking, I busted my butt to learn an Eskimo roll the winter before last. Here are some old blog posts about it, with video:



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ANNE7X7 9/6/2011 8:12AM

    I won't tell... but don't do it again! emoticon BTW, that is SO cool! You're awesome!!!

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    wow you are amazing the video looks cool, really cool. You are on the way back

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WATERMELLEN 9/5/2011 6:17PM

    Very very cool: loved the videos!! So great that you've recovered that nifty trick!!

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TRAVELNISTA 9/5/2011 2:48PM

    Pretty gutsy move, glad you did not get hurt and have to start all over again. Protect that shoulder. My doc is telling me a year to totally heal. emoticon emoticon

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DDOORN 9/5/2011 11:57AM

    Couldn't IMAGINE you being unable to roll...! It would be like sorta like forgetting how to breathe, no...? :-)


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SKYRUNHER 9/5/2011 6:33AM

    woohoo!!! I promise I won't tell!! I still haven't been able to do that!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/4/2011 11:13PM

    LOL. That's what a drysuit is for. I kayak in winter here when there is snow on the ground. I kayak on rivers where it's so cold icicles actually form on my helmet, just from the spray.


I'm kind of addicted.

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REDSHOES2011 9/4/2011 11:08PM

    emoticonfantastic! You looked really good doing that roll- I have heard my boss talk about it, but the water temps are so cold in Denmark lol..

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Tracking what I DON'T eat...

Saturday, September 03, 2011

In the ongoing quest for tools to break the link between thought and action in impulsive eating, I've been trying a technique suggested by someone who is a member of the At Goal and Maintaining team.

Nell is a fabulous resource and happens to be the longest maintainer I'm aware of* (33 lbs kept off more than 40 years).

She mentioned on a message board that she sometimes writes down what she chooses NOT to eat, because later it's satisfying to look back and see how much it would have added up.

I've been trying this the past few days.

I log on my iPod, so my main tracker is LeanMe. www.leanme.net/

I downloaded LoseIt to use as my alternate tracker. www.loseit.com/

So far here is what I HAVEN'T eaten that I wanted to:

total: 2221 cal (.9g fat, 90.6g carbs, 3.9g protein)

This exercise is interesting in other ways than just slowing me down long enough to break the impulse and showing me how much I would have overeaten. It shows me what kinds of foods I crave, and thus which ones are potential triggers when I'm tired and my judgement is compromised. These are the foods to get rid of, or make sure I do not have easy access to them.

It is also a nice way to track the *healthy* decisions I've made, which might reinforce more healthy decision-making. Normally I would decide not to eat something and just forget about it. This way I'm more aware of the continuous dialog in that has been going on in my head, managing my needs and desires.

I think I'll keep doing this for a while.

*Here is a Maintenance Hall of Fame compiled by members of the At Goal and Maintaining team:

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NAVYMOM133 10/6/2011 3:22PM

    I LOVE this idea!!!!!! I found my way here through another Sparkfriend, SORGIN, and am so thrilled I came. This concept is indeed brilliant. I love the tracker and am pretty faithful so I certainly won't mind the extra "work" to gain the benefits of this idea. I really nodded through this:

"This exercise is interesting in other ways than just slowing me down long enough to break the impulse and showing me how much I would have overeaten. It shows me what kinds of foods I crave, and thus which ones are potential triggers when I'm tired and my judgement is compromised. These are the foods to get rid of, or make sure I do not have easy access to them."

Just emoticon ! Thanks so much! And congratulations on your success - you are working hard for it!!


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JOAN_HEO 9/8/2011 10:45AM

    Amazing idea!!! I love it!

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TEMPEST272002 9/7/2011 12:00PM

    I agree, this is a brilliant idea. It's along the same lines as onne of my favourite motivation boosters -listing non-scale victories. Thanks for sharing the idea.

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SLBRANTLEY 9/6/2011 7:07PM

    Great idea! Thanks to you and to Nell for sharing it. I should give this a try. I really *hate* tracking, but this might make it more interesting and give me new insight.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/6/2011 2:48PM

It ain't luck.

MAKE it happen.

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GRACEFULIFE 9/6/2011 2:40PM

    I'll join the "at goal" team once I finally get to goal. Which will happen, with any luck...

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TRAXINA 9/6/2011 12:48PM

    Brilliant! I'm totally stealing this idea!

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ANNE7X7 9/6/2011 8:11AM

    That is AWESOME!!! I love the positive twist to it!

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    what a great idea, I dont seem to be making any headway, except I have been given the all clear by specialist, and have gone back onto hrt meds. Had a busy crazy time in Sydney, the best parts were climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge and managing to completely avoid the buffet breakfast in the hotel for the whole trip, havent lost any weight but yay to me anyway. Great that your back on track. emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/4/2011 11:35PM

    Too fun! I think you & Nell have found a Winner! Might be a fun thread for another of my teams! Keep up the good work!

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WATERMELLEN 9/4/2011 9:22PM

    Excellent concept: tracking what we wanted to eat and didn't!! And then, of course, giving ourselve full credit for not having done it: there should be points for this, right? !!

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DDOORN 9/4/2011 8:53PM

    Hmm...might have to give this a whirl...!


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    Great read and I also joined your at goal team. Sounds like a good team to be a part of.

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WOLFKITTY 9/3/2011 1:16PM

    WOW!! Fascinating!! Really, that's a new idea to me, and I can instantly see how it would be extremely helpful. There's nothing quite like positive reinforcement like that! Plus, it gets you to think about the consequences (health-wise) of adding that to you tracker, and takes the focus off of the impulse & emotional response and onto logic, and facts.

Great tip! I hope you also upload it to the Spark Secrets section. I think it could help a lot of people!

Way to go!

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VHALKYRIE 9/3/2011 10:57AM

    What a marvelous idea! And thanks so much for the links!

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CASSIES 9/3/2011 10:53AM

    Brilliant. I have to get out of here, but definitely will revisit this!

I am sure it will be a very eye opening and rewarding practice;)

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NELLJONES 9/3/2011 10:32AM

    This has worked great for me for years, the source of many chuckles. That's quite a list of "not eaten". If you actually eaten any of that stuff, you'd be kicking yourself. As it is, you can laugh. That list is the best trophy you can have!

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SMORECAMPING 9/3/2011 10:20AM

    Great tip...thank you!

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KAYOTIC 9/3/2011 9:42AM

    Great idea, especially that you can go back to see what your triggers might be....

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REGILIEH 9/3/2011 7:54AM

    I LOVED this idea!

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6.7 miles paddled in support of local hospice

Monday, August 15, 2011

Last year I swam in this event.


This year I was a radio operator for the last third of the course.

I planned to use my pedaling kayak but the pedals broke in the first 20 minutes. So I had to break out the paddle and use it for the next 2.5 hours (nearly 7 miles).

My shoulder held up well, despite the fact that I probably shouldn't have been using it so hard so soon after surgery. I guess the PT has been working.

Here's a GPS map of my route as I paddled back and forth, communicating with the other safety boaters guarding the swimmers:

Afterward a friend and I went and explored Taughannock Creek. Map here:

We poked around in the streambed and looked under rocks and fed millipedes to minnows and poked at crayfish with grass stems and swam with baby bluegills where it was deep enough.

We saw a leaf-footed bug on another car in the parking lot.

Then we went to another friend's house and ate roast lamb (whole roasted lambs on a spit).

Sunday I went to church and vegged. My back and abs were sore from all the kayaking the day before and I was low on sleep.

Back to the weekly grind now. And due to all of the recent overindulging I am cutting back a lot on food for the moment.

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CASSIES 9/3/2011 7:17AM

    I just saw your Chinese proverb update and came over for a visit. I WAS in Ithaca this summer. I was at Grassroots and also saw a friend's play at the Hangar. The friend I sttod with swam at this event. She is a nurse at the Hospice. Sorry I forgot to get in touch when I was in Ithaca! My brain just doesn't put it all together. Plus, it was that horrific heatwave when I was there.

Darn, I would have loved to have met you in person.

I'll make it happen.

congrats on the kayaking and as always thanks for your inspiration.

Now let me get out there and move!

Cassie emoticon

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TENACIOUSTIGER 8/21/2011 11:15AM

    wow what a great day, back paddling already, love the photo, you look happy, sounds like the rehab and pt is going well. Hope you have a great week

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JOAN_HEO 8/19/2011 2:40PM

    That sounds and LOOKS like a long day on the water! Excellent!

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TRAVELNISTA 8/16/2011 4:50PM

    You are soooooooooooooo lucky you did not hurt your shoulder. emoticon emoticon I rehurt my shoulder again from pulling some weeds this past weekend. My shoulder has been in agony for 3 days. My doctor says it will take a good 8 to 12 months for a shoulder to totally recover and I am supposed to pound that in my brain so i don't mess up how far I have come.

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DEBSGETTINFIT 8/16/2011 8:40AM

    That was wonderful. Glad your shoulder held up and not only were you doing for a good cause - looks like you had lots of fun also.


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ANNE7X7 8/16/2011 8:27AM

    Sounds like a lot of fun! Glad your shoulder is holding up.

And that bug is naaaasty. Ew.

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LADYGWEN25 8/16/2011 8:26AM

    awesome day! looks like a ton of fun. :)

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PATTILYNN224 8/16/2011 8:24AM

    So glad you didn't hurt your shoulder. Must have felt good though. Glad you got to spend a beautiful day on the water.

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DDOORN 8/16/2011 6:50AM

    Beautiful way to spend a day!

Been too long since I've kayaked...how I remember those nicely aching abs! :-)


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