Saturday, July 18, 2009
Dear fellow sparker. When I talk about sparks were flying in Mansfield, it was because 5 sparkers got together for a ride in Mansfield (Ohio), on a multipurpose trail. It was AMCG2002 (anne), ROOKIERIDER (Nancy), Bill (BILLALEX70), John (JOPAPGH) and Ed, a friend of Bill's, who is not on the list.
John and I drove down yesterday, and stayed overnight. We met the rest of the gang at about 7:30am and were ready to ride about 8. Great 34 miles out and back on a multipurpose trail. It was shady and partly over cloudy to overcast, and the temperature was perfect. It was fun to get to ride a little bit with everyone and to get to talk and get to become acquainted with folks you have only communicated with online.
As we rode back, I broke a spoke, and had to make a 'pit stop' at the local bike store. A very nice bike store located at a place where you would not think of a bike store - however my spoke was fixed and I eyes a sale, so what did I buy - a pair of Rudy Project sunglasses 50% off. (pretty cool, eh?)
We got back to the cars, and it was time to get some food. After a break Nancy and John decided to head off for lunch while the rest of us started to roll out. Well the first half was completed in average 18.6 mph (not infrequently 23-24 mph on the course). The trip home was a little slower (avg 17.8 I think it was - I did not reset my computer) because of the head wind... and again we frequently reached 23-25 miles, but had to stop a lot because of stop signs.
We changed clothes ... and said goodbye - I went to Bob Evans for an omelette (needed the protein) ... and then back to Cleveland ....
To everyone THANK YOU... this was a lot of fun. For sure we will be back riding together again. Thanks to our families for letting us do this!
See you all soon.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
It was an absolutely perfect day for a bike ride. Sunshine and the temp maxed out in the mid seventies.
The ride was in Amish country (Medina and Summit counties). I started out with some of my fellow team in training alumni - 6 to be exact... after about 10 miles two of us were way ahead of the rest of them and decided to go on. Michelle and I rode the next 10 miles. She had do a short cut because she had to be somewhere at a certain time. Oh well, I was on my own then, but I enjoyed the ride a lot. Met some folks and hung with them.
Came in at noon for a total time of 4:30 hrs - including stops ... I am OK with that. First 10 miles slowed things down.
Next weekend I am going to Mansfield (between Cleveland and Columbus). There will be at least four Sparkers for the Saturday ride. It will be fun to meet others and ride our bikes together. I will more than likely 'ride' a report.
Have a most wonderful week.
Friday, June 19, 2009
You thought you were going to read something about how I have lost so many lbs.... didn't you?
You are not!
I have looked at a lot of SP pages and I am really surprised what I read. Everyone talks about healthier lifestyle, eating right, execising etc etc... and then how do you measure it... the scale.
I am provocative now - you are a prisoner of the scale!!!!
Here is an exercise for you. Think about where you were when you started this journey - and you are not allowed to use the word weight or scale, and then look at you now.
.... ohh, you didn't have a physical - perhaps this was something to consider.
how easy do I get fatigued....
.... and the list goes on. It is not about the scale. It is about a lifestyle makeover and living healthier. That you can't measure on the scale.
live while you have life to live
love while you have love to give
... make it a great day.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Can you spell remission. Can you spell joy. Can you say cancer free. It sounds like music to my ears
Yesterday my niece Amanda left a voice mail on my cell phone - letting her uncle Jan know that her bone marrow biopsy - after 2 years and 7 months fro,m the day she went into the hospital with a bad nose bleed - which turned into leukemia - was CLEAN!!! We could not be happier. (I tried to call her back - but she was celebrating I guess).
I want to thank all of you for your emails, friendship, support, thoughts, prayers runs, bikerides ... or which ever way you have expressed your support. Amanda has just - with good grades - finished her second semester in a community college and for the first time she can celebrate a summer again ....
cancer was defeated again!
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