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Vehicle Inspection

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Both of our household cars are up for their annual vehicle inspection this month, which is about to become even more crazy/busy than it already has. So I decided to do a two-fer today and bring them both into my auto shop.

One person, two vehicles...hmmm...okay, I've been slacking a bit lately on my workouts due to bicycling events attended in which I couldn't participate...twice this week. So I knew I needed to kick it back into gear today.

Dropped off vehicle #1 and since the auto shop is only 6 miles away I jogged back home and later drove the other vehicle down to swap 'em out.

In the meantime I caught up with my bicycle-repairman neighbor as I had troubles swapping out my old bike saddle for my slick new Brooks Flyer saddle:


I leaned up against my car to enjoy actually SITTING on my bike and new saddle...can't wait to get going!

Which brings me to MY vehicle inspection: still standing by my zero sugar, zero grain approach to food. However I have to admit to having a few days slip by in which I haven't tracked everything and gone a bit overboard here and there. The weight has continued to fluctuate between 212-215...and you know? I'm not beating myself up, nor itchy-antsy to knock those pounds down quickly and am almost sighing into this pause with a degree of comfort as I know slow & steady wins the race. But I have to tighten up on the whole tracking deal...it is the last acquisition in my arsenal of living a SPARKED life and because of this it is far too easy to allow it to slide. Tune up time! :-)

Tomorrow brings me my long-awaited "vehicle inspection" as I pow-wow with my cardiologist and "theoretically" this should be my last day on my anti-coagulant medication...woo hoo!

Some nervousness persists, however, in that I will have less than two months to get ready for the Five Hundred Miles Across New York and I realize that my relaxed approach to working out (getting only 3-4 cardio sessions in per week) may leave me coming up short when it comes to getting ready for a solid week of 70-80 miles of cycling each day!

Already an opportunity for a self-supported ride will slam into me my very first weekend of riding at the end of May...I really don't want to pass this up, but dare I jump into this so whole hog right away...? I'm way WAY torn!!

Stay tuned while I wind my way through the crazy-busies ahead!

Keep 'er Sparkin' everyone!


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ZELLAZM 5/28/2014 3:18PM

    So, how did your powwow go and how has your week been?

My "vehicle" has been running on empty lately, thus the delay in visiting blogs!

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CHANGE4FIT 5/27/2014 1:10PM

    Long time since I've stopped by-hope all went with wtih the "inspection".

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WMUGRAD 5/20/2014 1:48PM

    Hope you had good news from the "machanics." Im feeling super jealous of the amount you have been riding lately. I dont think I have put in 20 miles on my bike this year so far. This weekend will change that.

If you feel good I wouldnt pass it up. You know you so do what feels good.

You rock!

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DOUGDC 5/20/2014 9:55AM

    Don -

Hope you're feeling up to the touring challenge, and the doc gives you a clean bill of health.

I, personally, found touring with others fraught with scheduling challenges. I found a guy who shared my schedule preferences for rising, riding and resting, and we did well. Until he had to leave for work related reasons.

Best wishes on all fronts!

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DOGLADY13 5/20/2014 6:43AM

    Looking forward to hearing about the doctors appointments.

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WATERMELLEN 5/19/2014 9:18PM

    You'll know what's right when the time comes, Don: you're pretty tuned in. No need to make a decision TOO much in advance, right?

All best with your check up. You've had an awesome recovery and used this time to consolidate in so many different ways!!

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L*I*T*A* 5/19/2014 2:37PM

    hope all went well with your dr's appointment...

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HAKAPES 5/19/2014 12:48PM

    How is your mood without sugar?

I tried it once, and looking back, I was quite in a depressed mood those times.

Thanks for the comments on swimming... what are your options for swimming around you?

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HILLSLUG98239 5/19/2014 10:07AM

    I bet that new saddle is pretty! As a lover of hand-lugged steel-framed bikes, I love the thought of a Brooks saddle crowning my beauty. I'm just scared of investing that much and then wimping out during the breaking-in process.

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/19/2014 8:54AM

    Have a great doc apt today and, wow, 500 miles across NY sounds like fun.

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KANOE10 5/19/2014 8:14AM

    I hope you like your new saddle and that your doctor visit goes well. You take such good care of yourself. I am sure you are going to figure out how to prepare for that 500 mile race. Have a very good tune up..hope the end of May works out for you!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/19/2014 6:37AM

    Considering how my quads felt after 38 miles, I would be hard pressed for that 70-80 mile cycling day... but someday... someday. Good luck with your training, and well done with your recovery! May that cardiologist appointment bring confirmation of good news. emoticon

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    How are you doing with your water intake? I find that if I up my water my weight goes down much faster as long as everything else is in line.

Good luck on getting off those meds!

As to the training: ask your doctor about it today. Also talk to those going on the journey and see what advice they can give you to get your body up to speed for this incredible quest.

I'm probably telling you what you already know here. Just know I support you.

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PMRUNNER 5/19/2014 5:49AM

    Good luck with the prep and the decision!

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123ELAINE456 5/19/2014 1:25AM

  Mention the 500 Mile Ride to your doctor and see what he says. See if He will give You the Go Head With the Ride or Not. Enjoy the Saddle Seat. Check with a former rider that has been on the ride before and see what you need to do to get ready for it. You are doing Great. Have a Wonderful Week. God Blessings Always. Take Care.

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_LINDA 5/18/2014 11:47PM

    A test ride perhaps, checking out the wheels and rider before the big event..The need to see if this huge event should even be in the picture at this time? Just a thought, is a tough decision..
There is the double standard of weight with men and women -men in the media can pretty much look like what they want, but not women, but there is also the age thing, women also have to be younger. Way more May December men to women. One of the rare exceptions being Bonny Prince Charles -he preferred the old hag compared to his young bride :P
Have a great Memorial Day long weekend!

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SPEEDYDOG 5/18/2014 11:00PM

    Hi Don,

Back-in-the-day, long before carbon-fiber bike frames, seats had springs and Brooks made the best saddles. Even back then, Brooks saddles were expensive.

I see you have been busy, car inspections, bike upgrades and ticker inspection.

Good luck on your 500 miler!


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1CRAZYDOG 5/18/2014 10:31PM

    Can't help you out with the decision, but wishingyou luck.

Balancing life . . . not easy some days.

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Jog Along the RiverWalk With Me!

Friday, May 09, 2014

DOGLADY13 lived in the Binghamton area for a number of years and asked about some parts of the downtown area through which I've been jogging a lot recently.

So I thought for a change I would take along my phone and take some pics of my route which takes me from my fitness center (Riverwalk Athletic Center, part of the DoubleTree Hotel) along the RiverWalk trail downtown Binghamton, over the Washington St. Bridge which is closed to traffic and only for pedestrian / cycling use and then up over the Vestal Parkway to the old MacArthur school which has been taken down due to damages it sustained from our infamous floods. The quarter mile track is still there along with a little park for kids, baseball field and basketball court. I jog four times around that and then return back to the fitness center.

The two selfies at the end are the sweaty me at the end of my hour-long jog and then the showered up me ready to see clients for the night! :-)

A wonderful track for enjoying the pics is from BossaCucaNova...love their name and am CUCKOO over the groove of this song...perfect for jogging along!


Other songs enjoyed on this jog:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=uq-gYOrU8bA Graceland remains as one of my Desert Island albums!

And Basia takes on a cool bossa groove here:


Here is a link to my slideshow:


The Binghamton area is going through tough times and definitely depressed and showing signs of wear & tear as industry has been peeled away to the cheap labor of third world countries, but our natural beauty continues to inspire me and always satisfies my soul when I take time to get outside. I hope local leaders can do more to parlay our natural beauty and groom our waterways (confluence of Chenango and Susquehanna rivers) to catch the eye of people passing through and entice them into stopping over.

Looking forward to our annual bike giveaway tomorrow...featuring my first public wearing of bike shorts and club jersey! :-)

Have a SUPER weekend everyone!


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ZELLAZM 5/15/2014 2:24PM

    Just catching up on blogs - lovely pix of spring springing, of the dogwoods (I think they're dogwoods) and the park in your town - also a great shot of the bridge - it looks like it must be 100 years old from the style. Hope you're having a good week...

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WOMANWITHGRIT 5/13/2014 9:33AM

    More great pics of wonderful NY state...thanks. Pam

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DOGLADY13 5/11/2014 4:41PM

    Such a beautiful part of the country. The local economy was hurting when I lived there in the early 1990s. It makes me sad to think that it isn't improving. The people in Broome county were some of the kindest people I'd ever met and the city and surrounding countryside are beautiful.

Thank you for the pictures, Don.

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SASSYCHRIS1952 5/10/2014 9:02PM

    The pictures are beyond beautiful! Thanks for posting emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 5/10/2014 11:28AM

    love your slide show...........
puts us right there with you...
thanks for sharing your beautiful Binghamtom!

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FERRETLOVER1 5/10/2014 7:58AM

    Wonderful pictures, Don! I totally enjoyed my riverwalk with you. Thanks for sharing these great shots!

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_LINDA 5/9/2014 11:45PM

    emoticon emoticon photos!!
Amazing what you captured with just a phone!
Enjoyed the tour and also the music. Graceland is one of my all time favorites!
You have a very beautiful area to get out in.
Enjoy the bike give away and your non scale victory of wearing that skin tight outfit!
You rock!

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LUVLYLORELEI 5/9/2014 11:21PM

    I miss Binghamton. I really enjoyed living there and miss some of those sights. I use to walk over the Washington St. Bridge when I walked to work -- although sadly, mostly of the time I drove to and from work. I had no idea I was squandering a great opportunity to get fit. Those pictures really brought me back there.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/9/2014 8:49PM

    Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing.

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    What a wonderful area you live in. Many things to be doing out and about. Thanks for sharing.

You look so thin!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/9/2014 4:40PM

    Looks like a lovely upgrade since I last lived in the area! I didn't realize Laura lived around there at one time, too - another point of commonality! Small world, and thanks for sharing... one of my favorite times was the Pops on the River concerts... do they still put those on?

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123ELAINE456 5/9/2014 11:31AM

  That was a Lovely Slide Show. The Photos are Beautiful. And a Wonderful Place to Walk, Ride Your Bike and Jog. Thank You for sharing all if this with us. God Blessings Always. Have a Great Day tomorrow at the Bike Give Away. Take Care.

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DAISYBELL6 5/9/2014 10:01AM

    Thank you for posting the slide show. I really enjoyed it!

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VALERIEMAHA 5/9/2014 9:08AM

    Wonder environment, photos, and experience!

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KANOE10 5/9/2014 8:57AM

    That was a lovely slide show. I loved the pictures. You have a wonderful area to jog in.

I know you will enjoy event tomorrow wearing your new clothes!

By the way..someone at work asked for advice yesterday on weight. I paid it forward by telling her about Spark.

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Be the SPARK You Want to See in the World!

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Riffing off a couple of fellow super blogsters, HILLSLUG98239 & ONEKIDSMOM:

Success is not an accident

How did you get started?

HILLSLUG98239 struggles with others being jealous of her accomplishments and wonders why intelligent people can't put 2 + 2 together and just DO IT!

My response: education and intelligence isn't enough. Food is steeped and wrapped into SO many layers of emotions and feelings that can skew our minds and thinking terribly!

I've been there, done that for FAR too many years...and yes, I STILL struggle around those issues which continue to have the potential to knock me off the rails of my healthy and well lifestyle!

There is SO much more to making healthy lifestyle choices than intelligence. Which also speaks to a corollary erroneous belief others can have that somehow people who make poor lifestyle choices and as a result are obese, are intellectually inferior to their peers.

When we are successful it is because we've worked hard to find our unique path. And much of that work is emotional. To succeed others will have to do the same. There's no magic to this, just a few basic guideposts (1 - eat less, 2- better quality food choices, 3- move more) the rest is up to us to hammer out through our own trial and error.

What we CAN do, however, is to be the best example of living a life filled with SPARK to entice and invite others toward doing the same!

ONEKIDSMOM offers an example of my Gandhi-ism in her blog. As does HILLSLUG98239 too!

I've been developing one of my own examples: I recently changed dentists (darned insurance hiccups!) and got on to talking about SparkPeople, weight loss and bicycling. He is a bit overweight and showed an interest, mentioned how he wanted to get back to cycling.

When I returned to see him (darned old fillings needing re-doing) he excitedly shared with me how he rode his bike over the Brooklyn Bridge this past weekend! I cheered him on and loved to see his smile and joy in his face! He mentioned how he wanted to lose his belly and I encouraged him to pay attention to his food and shift toward more "real" and plant-based foods and of course to use the SparkPeople Nutrition tracker!

It just feels so terrific to see the SPARK catching on in others!

Keep paying it forward everyone!


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HIPPICHICK1 5/11/2014 6:51PM

    I said something similar in one of my recent blogs. "...I think that anyone who is healthy is healthy because of conscious choices, not by accident."
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_LINDA 5/8/2014 12:18PM

Thanks for the referrals although onekidsmom is already a regular must read.
Food is a hard critter to wrangle to the ground. I doubt anyone will ever get it perfectly!
Keep on Being the Spark!

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SPINNINGJW 5/8/2014 7:53AM

    I find the most amazing blogs by clicking on my siblings Sparkfriends. It doesn't hurt that you linked ONEKIDSMOM's blog. This is an amazing look at the work that goes into developing a healthy lifestyle as well as the emotional and societal aspects of living a healthy life.

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ZELLAZM 5/8/2014 4:27AM

    Way to spread the Spark, Don! A dentist, no less! emoticon

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CRYSALLIS1 5/8/2014 1:33AM

    Great blog. So true. I hate that I have not been up to par the last week. I'm on my way back to a positive Spark for myself & others. emoticon

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123ELAINE456 5/7/2014 11:37PM

  Awesome Blog. Well Said. Well Done, Good Way To Spread The Spark. Have a Great Day. Take Care.

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/7/2014 8:23PM

    Way to spread the Spark, Don! emoticon

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    I think your response was an intelligent and very well stated one. However, I was thinking along the lines of her blog title my self today. Specifically: people in our lives expect us to stay the same for their comfort even if they do not like some aspects of who they think I am. It is still the known element and therefore comfortable for them. When one changes it stirs up things in those around us and often they do not like it. It may not have anything to do with them specifically, it just makes them feel out of sorts.

I got a lot of this when I got down below my goal weight. I am getting this now with financial management. I'm standing firm and allowing others to adjust or not. I also will do the same when I again go below my goal weight. It is what it is.

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WATERMELLEN 5/7/2014 6:35PM

    You are just one awesomely supportive person -- I've seen your encouragement in action over and over and over again here, welcoming new persons to the site and always with a kindly word of congratulation and celebration. So grateful for all of the gestures you've expended my way, for sure. And: not at all surprised that you are the same person in "real time"!!

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KANOE10 5/7/2014 6:21PM

    It does feel wonderful to pay it forward. That is good news about your dentist. I have told my dr about Sparlk people.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/7/2014 6:10PM

    Read both those blogs and they're excellent!

So glad you could spark-start the dentist and share your enthusiasm. AWESOME!

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VALERIEMAHA 5/7/2014 11:37AM

    You are my hero and a guide, brother Don, in the SparkWorldSangha!
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Hmmmm...for some reason HILLSLUG's blog wouldn't open for me, but I found it by getting to her page, etc., so just in case:


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SLIMMERJESSE 5/7/2014 9:46AM

    Very cool!

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Lycra Busting

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Oh, but there WAS new territory forged after all!

I forgot to mention another change: way back when I started wearing bicycle shorts I decided: Nobody is ever going to see me out in public wearing such lycra / spandex!

So I covered up my bike shorts with regular shorts.

Since I discovered a few weeks ago that I actually managed to fit into the spandex-lycra-style bike club jersey I've toyed with the thought: hmm...perhaps I could "get away" with wearing my bike shorts in public now too...

Well during my jogs in prepping for the 5K a very annoying and embarrassing, yet rewarding "problem" kept dogging me: with each step of my jogging gait my newly deflated belly flab would slap my thigh with a loud, clapping sound.


So I decided for my 5K I was going to solve the problem by wearing my bike shorts as a sort of girdle. Problem solved, PLUS it was my first "coming out" in public wearing my bike shorts! While I'm not entirely pleased with my appearance in my bike shorts and jersey, I'm "good enough!" :-)

Oversight: No picture!

This coming Saturday for the bike giveaway we've been encouraged to wear our bike jerseys. So I will be wearing BOTH bike jersey and bike shorts AND will do my best to remember to get a pic to share!

Have a super week everyone!


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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 5/10/2014 1:33PM

    How far we have come, Don.

Just look at you - wearing the "dorky shorts" even for runs, and tracking calories, and not eating nuts ad libitum while driving...



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CRYSALLIS1 5/8/2014 1:36AM

    Wear our spandex with pride. emoticon

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_LINDA 5/6/2014 1:43PM

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That is fantastic! I am afraid I am still in the baggy shorts phase. Never considered tummy control feature of tights.
Betting you look awesome!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/6/2014 11:50AM

    Wear 'em loud and proud!

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KELTIK_HEART 5/6/2014 10:54AM

    Dude! Let your spandex flag fly!

As Doglady said - we older women are used to being invisible, so I wonder if it's the same for older men? At any rate, do what's comfortable for you at the stage you're at NOW!

Cheers, Sorcha


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NELLJONES 5/6/2014 8:39AM

    Isn't it amazing how much mental energy is expended on perceived appearance? And it isn't even calorie burning energy. Now you can just enjoy the ride!!

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DAISYBELL6 5/6/2014 8:27AM

    Fantastic, Don!

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KANOE10 5/6/2014 8:01AM

    That is a great step..being comfortable wearing bike shorts and a bike jersey as well. You are comfortable in your body! I did the same last summer. I wore a sleeveless top for the first time in many years.

Way to go on staying fit. Enjoy your 5k in style.

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123ELAINE456 5/6/2014 7:50AM

  Sounds like a plan. Take Care.

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VALERIEMAHA 5/6/2014 7:48AM

    Dog Lady took the words right out of my mouth (even though I don't practice what I preach lol).

Rock on!

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WATERMELLEN 5/6/2014 7:42AM

    Very cool indeed -- getting comfortable in our own skin, wonderful sensation!!

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BILL60 5/6/2014 7:33AM

    Sounds like a plan.

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DOGLADY13 5/6/2014 7:19AM

    I learned long ago that when one reaches a certain age, one also becomes invisible - especially to young people. It is liberating to realize that no one is looking and if they do, they don't care. I find leggings are much more comfortable for exercise. Bike shorts are great, because they just don't move at all. No chafing.

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ELRIDDICK 5/6/2014 7:12AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Monday, May 05, 2014

Hmm...been busy lately with mostly good stuff happening, but for whatever reason it hasn't really come together as blogs usually do for me. So I'm just gonna rattle on with what's been happening. I think it's related to not having pushed the envelop in any significant way lately...no overly-inspiring thoughts or experiences, perhaps?

Getting ready for my Binghamton Bridge Run 5K yesterday has been enjoyable...going outside and jogging for an hour at a time several times a week over the past month or so. Picking different routes...taking in the beauty that is in such abundance around the Southern Tier of New York. We've been on the cusp of everything green preparing to BURST out of the zillions of buds that are just crackling with the promise of summer and life.

This past Saturday was the ride I had signed up to lead for the bike club, before I knew anything about my cardiac condition. Another member led the ride for me, for which I was appreciative. The starting / finishing point of the ride was just north of my home. I didn't think my timing would be right, but as it happened while out on my jog up through town and over down the towpath into the nearby state park my return back through town coincided with everyone's return from the ride so while it was bittersweet to meet up with them, the accent was definitely on the "sweet" as I reassured them all that at the end of the month after my anti-coagulant has stopped and worked itself out of my body I would be returning to the wonderful world of cycling once again! Some kidded with me saying: so did you follow us on our ride? :-)

Actually the irony was while jogging down the towpath stones kept multiplying and becoming less and less level and out of the blue WHAM! the front of my sneaker caught a stone with just enough force to send me sprawling flat on my front-side with my hands flat out beside my face. A sort of reverse-dolphin pose from a standing position.

So I'm jogging instead of cycling because it's less risky? ;-) Ah well, no broken skin, just a little sore in my wrist which cleared up fine.

For the 5K on Sunday I joined with another bike club member who was doing the run also. It was nice to chit-chat and start with her, but it soon became apparent that my pace was going to be faster and I really wanted to see if I could beat my record which I think is 33 mins. around an 11 minute mile.

My theory behind jogging an hour during my preparation was that if I was used to jogging that long a 5K would take considerably LESS time so I would have some gas left in the tank to kick in the "afterburners" and hopefully bump up my speed overall. Not sure yet what my official time was, but I think it will be a new personal record for me...stay tuned!

A couple other bike club members greeted me at the finish...they had been volunteering as marshals for the half-marathon earlier in the day. It was nice to catch up with them.

Next Sat. our bike club will pull a MASSIVE effort together as we celebrate another Bike Giveaway during National Bike Month. Hundreds and hundreds of bicycles have been donated and refurbed to be given away to children and families with limited income. Safety classes will be held and riding demos. Busy, fun and WAY gratifying day for all of us!

The following Saturday we honor one of our bike club members who was tragically killed last year by holding a family event at one of our local state parks. There will be both mountain bike rides and road rides of varying lengths. I'm toying with the idea of camping overnight to test out all my self-supported camping gear which I've accumulated since last September so I'm more familiar with it by the time I use it for any of my self-supported touring rides which I hope to do later this year.

This past Friday I went to a reception a friend of mine and his wife had for their newly married daughter and son-in-law. Meant to get a photo of me all duded up...doesn't happen often! But overlooked it.

It was a wonderful time with fairly healthy food choices available...until I dared to venture into the room filled with a zillion desserts. I foolishly thought I could retrieve some goodies for a family member and firmly maintain my resolve not to indulge. Ugh! This was my first foray into the world of sugar and flour since I stopped it all in January.

But yanno? It was just one night, lesson learned and not too much of a blip on the scale which has been fluctuating between 210-213 over the past few weeks. Now the challenge is, do I want to get serious and keep shedding those pounds to reach my goal of 200 or what?

So THAT'S been what's cookin' in my neck of the woods!

A work in progress, as we all are, learning to be kind, yet firm with myself...iron fist in a velvet glove!



ps.. Oh! Forgot to share this very intriguing article. Yes, I'm a Michael Pollan, "Real Food" fan, but I gotta say my curiosity is so PIQUED by this concept! Who hasn't had at least SOME periods of time in their lives when food just gets in the way. The shopping, the preparation, clean up, storage, not to mention COST, etc.

What if we could just do away with all that muss & fuss? The simplicity of this, the lack of triggers...SO ALLURING! Read on!

Has a tech entrepreneur come up with a product to replace our meals?


PPS...and another cool thing: I've decided to spring for an upgrade to my bicycle saddle and am awaiting delivery on my Brooks Flyer Saddle to replace my old seat. Brooks saddles are renown among distance cyclists and I thought, what better treat for my ride? :-)

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LPRUNWALK 5/6/2014 2:13PM

    I have been having trouble making time for SP these days, but I am really happy I made it all the way to the end of this blog. You sound great. So many things going on in your life right now, all of them leading towards maintaining and improving your own health and connecting with friends new and old. Sorry to hear you had a spill, but it sounds like you escaped mostly unscathed and ready to keep going. How great for you to be done with the anti-coagulants and ready to get back to cycling, even if it is 'safer than jogging'! :)

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KANOE10 5/6/2014 8:15AM

    I agree.. we are works in progress..and learning to be kind yet firm with ourselves. I think the bicycle saddle is a good idea. I enjoyed learning about your activities.

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VALERIEMAHA 5/6/2014 8:03AM

    "Persistent good cheer," "busy and happy," yep, Ellen and Barb nailed your approach -- there it is, the light shines through it all, even a SPLAT!

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WATERMELLEN 5/6/2014 7:44AM

    Great newsy blog -- and which shines through the activities themselves is your persistent good cheer.

(Sorry about that face plant though: irony of ironies, when you're avoiding "risky biking"!)

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/6/2014 7:12AM

    You sound busy and happy! Just as you should be. Spark on! emoticon

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    And of course the saddle was on sale 75% off with free shipping, right???

You've been doing well on your exercise and I'm certain the last 12 lbs will come off sooner than later.

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123ELAINE456 5/6/2014 2:26AM

  Great blog and Article. Never heard of Soylent before. Enjoy your new seat. You deserve it. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care. You are doing Great. Keep It Up.

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_LINDA 5/6/2014 1:47AM

    Sounds like you are ready for bear in that 5 km! You are going to rock it!
That fall painfully reminded me of mine when my big size 11's found a pick of uneven curb.
I had heard of that Soylent but had never read the back story. Thanks for the enlightenment! Was interesting! I enjoy my food too much to go into goop. It could be said my morning power smoothie isn't that much different ;)
Enjoy that new seat, something to look forward to when you are back in the saddle! You deserve a treat!
Have a great week!
PS Would have loved to have seen you all dressed up, probably wouldn't have recognized you lol.

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HILLSLUG98239 5/6/2014 12:27AM

    If running is safer than cycling, it's because you're going slower when you crash. I will never hit the tarmac at 25 mph when running.

Glad to see you're maintaining a positive attitude. I get so crabby when I can't ride I suspect The Hubs would be willing to risk me accidentally killing myself by defying my doctor's orders.

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KRYSTL719 5/5/2014 11:07PM

    Soylent huh? Id try it. Cool article. :)

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DOGLADY13 5/5/2014 10:51PM

    You have been busy. No wonder you haven't blogged. Congrats on the 5k. Hope you get a new PR.

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RAPUNZEL53 5/5/2014 10:42PM

  Good Luck!

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