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End Of The Year Goal

Monday, November 14, 2011

It's been a year full of ups and downs and I can't believe it's almost over, how fast time goes by.
I noticed last year I did 10,000 plus fitness minutes so my goal is to double that. In calculating that I should be able to do that by working out 43.87 minutes a day from now to Dec 31st. Sounds easy but I know how things come up especially during the holidays. Lucky for me just one bike ride can rack up approx. 160 but the point is to try and be consistent. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LAURIE9404 11/14/2011 9:16PM

    You've got one heck of a big plan there! Love it! Let us know how you succeed!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 11/14/2011 1:38PM

    sounds good to me.very feasable and if you miss a day you can do a couple of days for 60 minutes to make can do this emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Century ride done

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Ok sort of.... The thing is that I finally did my 100 mike ride on Sat. The weather was perfect, little wind, stars out in the early am, the temperature didn't get over 83. My bike ran good no mishaps, the support was awesome the views beautiful. I seen eagles soaring overhead, birds chirping that I had not heard in a long time(living in the city) you could not ask for better riding conditions.

It was just me. I never got the energy surge that you get when you riding. At the start I told myself it was early and it was ok to start slow but the whole 1st half I was just making it after the second rest stop I just couldn't pull out of it. As a matter of fact when i came to the turn off for the 75 miles I actually turned but then tuned back to the 100 I told myself I had to at least keep trying but then 8 miles into that, I had hill after hill and again I pulled off the road, I looked up and down the hill two or three times and told myself, I'm done i'll never finish in the allotted time but then I decided it's ok I'll go until they close the course and have to put me in the truck. So, that's what I did for 9.5 hours I just peddled and peddled.

It as the worst ride I have ever had. The thing is I know I can do it but Saturday my body just wasn't there. I'm bummed I have to admit I only did 90.04 instead of the 101.23 but it's ok. It happens and next year I'll do great.

So no my century ride is not complete because I didn't finish but I attempted it and that's ok. 90 miles is nothing to be ashamed of. The main thing is that I didn't give up even though I contemplated it a couple of times and the next day I felt great, a few aches but nothing like you would think. It's all good and now to the next challenge : )

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ZOEMCMAC 10/25/2011 5:40PM

    I have a sprained ankle... well pulled tendon & am no crutches for 3 weeks (look like I will be fore another week or two) and am forbidden from so much as swimming, let alone cycling, so I am JEALOUS!

Things I have learned about big rides are.... botching my taper (thanks to my kid's schedule tanking me... apparently we should keep up 75% with no sprint intervals... going cold turkey the week before will result in the sluggish off feeling you reported), going out too hot (thanks to the ride leader pace and trying to keep up rather than doing my own thing) and leaving nothing in the tank for the hills at the end...
alternately I have had more experienced club members ( worry I wasn't going enough hill training, and comparing how much elevation the ride had, vs. my training rides. I was doing the reservoir loop out to Gilroy, and felt that aspect was fine. Yes the Garmin reported my numbers were light, but I felt fine.

The thing that did me in at Cinderella was not keeping my blood sugar up; I nosh on sports beans to keep that perki feeling going now (and not get mentally flat)

Anyhow, good luck from learning from the ride. As you can tell from the above sometimes the reflections help you enjoy the next ride more (or investing in a Garmin ;-)


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SLEEPYDEAN 10/25/2011 12:05PM

    Sounds like you really know how to overcome physical and mental setbacks and you are definitely up for the next challenge!

I can only imagine how rough the hills must have been. And setting out for 100 in the first place is amazing!

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_LINDA 10/24/2011 7:57PM

    I would say that is pretty amazing!! Well done!! At least you could enjoy the scenery and the day! That takes a lot of guts to push through an unwilling body!! And you came so close too! That is fantastic!! I would say that is some kind of victory!!
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LIV2RIDE 10/24/2011 10:35AM

    emoticon I'm so jealous! I've been talking myself out of a century ride for the last two years. I'm doing it next season!!! 90 miles is nothing to hang your head about. You did a great job just getting out there. The next time you will ROCK IT!!! emoticon

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Mind Games

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

It's funny how your mind plays games with you. It can be a good thing or a bad thing.

Most of the time I think I can do anything, I take risks and have been lucky to have came through them with new knowledge. Every year I set goals to achieve something new. This year has been stressful, full of road blocks and yes I understand the learning process ( I am a work in progress) lol

As we get close to the end of the year one of my goals this year was to do a century ride. Which I have scheduled for this month. Of which I planned on giving myself 10-12 weeks to train for, well....
the past six have been busy and along with emotional, My Mom is struggling with depression after being on medication for cancer and my Dad had spine surgery and my best buddy (our dog) died suddenly at the age of 5, to watch her suffer like that was heart breaking. I still get tearing just writing about it.

Today I am planning a long ride to see if I can even compete. I have no doubt I can ride 100 miles. The question is can I do it within the allotted time ? So I am getting out of work as soon as I can and my hope is to do by the time the sun goes down. I would have liked to leave a few hours earlier but was not possible. You do what you can and work with what you have.

My mind tells me are you kidding ? you know you should have had this figured out weeks ago and if you couldn't go any earlier you should cancel and go another day when you can leave earlier, plus the roads are wet now and it might not be the safest time.

I am determined to know where I stand and besides it's only a bike ride no big deal. my motto is "just keep moving and you'll get there"

Let's see..........

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_LINDA 10/13/2011 8:34PM

    Wow! Fabulous attitude! You are a winner for sure setting new goals and achieving new heights!! I can see you rocking this ride! Do be careful though, carry a cell phone if you don't already and make sure you are lit up like a Christmas tree after dark! You go girl!!
I can't even imagine going that far! Like wow!
So very sorry about your fur baby :(( To lose one so young and so suddenly, the pain is horrible.. Hope your Dad recovers well and your Mom gets the help she needs.. Tough to focus on anything with all that going on. I admire you very much for trying!

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SHELLYKOCH1 10/12/2011 1:13AM

    You CAN do anything you set your mind to. I'm not sure where you live, or where the century ride will be. You know your own abilities, your own body. I applaud your desire to even consider it. A century ride is a 100 mile ride...Amazing.


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LIV2RIDE 10/11/2011 11:15AM

    I'm not sure what time you are starting but make sure your bike has lights both front and back. I've also seen the neon riding vests that I need to get. Safety is key when riding at dusk/dark. I have wanted to ride a century for over a year and keep talking myself out of it. Mainly because I ride alone and those that do ride with me occasionally won't even consider taking on such a challenge. I've never ridden an organized ride let alone ride with a group. I decided that next year I'm signing up for one no matter what. I have been riding 40 miles one weekend day a week. That's all I get to ride. So I do with what I can. I bought a trainer so that I can maintain my cycling fitness over the winter. So I'm hoping that 2012 is my year to actually ride a century ride.

Good luck with your ride! emoticon emoticon

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Tea Party

Monday, August 15, 2011

Our Curves had a wonderful tea party on Sat. The weather was beautiful and all the winners for the summer challenge showed up in hat and gloves.

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SWTLISSA68 9/16/2011 8:57AM

    Looks like a good time! We did the same thing, but no one showed up in hats and such, but we had a lovely time. We gave everyone a certificate brought in a royal chair to take there pix so we can post them up on our board. Had tea and other goodies..and gave a goodie bad of prizes...lots of fun!! emoticon

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AMBUDMAN 8/17/2011 4:37PM

    Is that you in the red hat? Nice picture and nice looking group of ladies. emoticon

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It's beautiful outside : )

Friday, July 29, 2011

I love my job but sometimes about this time in the morning I just want to get outside to ride, swim or something and then when it is actually time to go I don't feel as chipper : ) but after a few hours I'm ready to go.

The weather people are saying to expect 90 degree weather so swimming it is. I guess I'm going to have to change my schedule to get out earlier.

TGIF I have the weekend to look forward to.

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_LINDA 7/30/2011 11:53PM

    I love my morning exercise, so I am glad my work is always later and in the afternoon. Enjoy the pool! That is the best feeling when its hot out! Hot here too!

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JTREMBATH 7/29/2011 3:01PM

    I wish I could say the same it is very cold here in N.Z. and it is Saturday morning 07:00am.

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