Saturday, February 27, 2010
After getting totally DUMPED on over the past couple of days we could finally get out and do some cross country skiing!
I and a couple of folks from our neighboring Ithaca / Finger Lakes SparkTeam, CARRIE1948 & 4A-HEALTHY-BMI got together at one of our local parks, Greenwood Park, which rents skis, boots and poles.
I felt pretty shaky at first...managing to fall three times before even leaving the lodge area...! But after a while on level territory I began to get the hang of it and gain some confidence. One improvement over last year's attempt was that for good level stretch's, even with slight downhill slopes I was able to glide along and power myself entirely by gravity and pushing off with the poles. Even used that double pole technique I all those Olympic skiers used...except on a much more feeble level...lol! Last year there was no WAY I could do this!
Still have TONS to learn re: controlling the skis and the direction of the glide. I could feel my feet wandering about with ideas of their own which way they were going...didn't matter to THEM if I sprawled with my legs akimbo! :-)
After four hours of this, on top of all my snow shoveling yesterday, my arms and shoulders were definitely *feeling it!* But for all my sprawls and falls I'm holding up pretty well...!
I think the Nordic walking has been helpful, along with messing around on the balance board...and probably the MOST helpful factor being that I'm about 25 pounds LIGHTER than I was during last year's attempts! I'm beginning to think that there is enough promise to consider OWNING cross country ski equipment rather than renting...!
Here's a pic of the three of us after our snowy adventures:
Have a SPARKTASTIC weekend everyone!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Loving my snow shoveling during our likely last blast of winter here in upstate New York! Listening to my mp3 player and buzzing back and forth over our driveway, whirling on the turnarounds...getting it done even more quickly than our neighbor with the snow blower!
Had fun with "Hot Fun In The Summertime"...like a beach party in the snow...lol! This was Manhattan Transfer's version with Chaka Khan guesting and steaming it up...nice nod to Sly Stone...which is also tucked away on ye olde mp3 player also.
Loving Spoonful's "Do You Believe In Magic" was another. One of my VERY favorite songs by Brasilian artist Ivan Lins, "She Walks This Earth" with all the energizing percussion and driving beat...WONDERFUL song!
Unfortunately YouTube doesn't have Lin's version but a very respectable one performed by Sting on a tribute album to Lins:
Another great tune from Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine, "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You"
How can one NOT dance...? :-)
Great day for being on the MOVE! An hour each for both rounds of shoveling, 35 mins. on treadmill 5 mph, 10 incline, 2.9 miles, an hour of Wii bowling while messing around with the balance board in between bowls and a 30 min. strength training with dumb bells and resistance bands.
Not bad for a grown up snow day, eh...?
ps...dreaming of yet one MORE snow day tomorrow...please...?!?!
pps...did anyone catch the Nordic Combined event...? I was EXHAUSTED just WATCHING them going it! Such a FULL BODY sport! Whew!
Monday, February 22, 2010
This morning my mp3 player served up Jimi Hendrix' Voodoo Chile - Slight Return. While this song may not be an obvious choice for a workout tune, I realized this morning why I put it there.
No fast beat, no catchy rhythms, just RAW POWER, STRENGTH and INTENSITY that just FILLS me with SUCH an awareness of my POTENTIAL!
"Well, I stand up next to a mountain
And I chop it down with the edge of my hand.
Well, I stand up next to a mountain,
Chop it down with the edge of my hand.
Well, I pick up all the pieces and make an island,
Might even raise just a little sand.
Cause Im a voodoo chile,
Lord knows Im a voodoo chile, baby."
True, it could just be another trippin' time for Jimi...but the way I hear it, the way I FEEL it reads:
We all have within ourselves INCREDIBLE STRENGTH and POWER to accomplish things BEYOND our imagination!
Whatever you believe you can do, this is just the beginning:
You are capable of yet SO much MORE!
Check it out:
Keep the SPARK! :-)
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Nailed another 5 miles in 60 mins. this morning, then headed out to our local bike club's ( www.southerntierbicycleclub.org/ ) annual meeting and signed up to be a member. Lifetime membership for old coots like me runs a whopping $30! Can't beat that, eh...?
While there I ran into another member of our Binghamton Area Losers, MAZUR157 and enjoyed catching up with her. I'm SO hoping to begin to get some opinions from others in the bike club about my upcoming new bicycle upgrade and features to be looking for. Also getting PSYCHED about taking road trips of greater length and variety. Another member of SparkPeople alerted me to a special 42 mile bicycle tour throughout all 5 boroughs of New York City, which is SO tempting, however my schedule is already filling up quickly for the months ahead. However they do this every year, so it will DEFINITELY be on my calendar during years to come!
THIS YEAR, however, the bike club is sponsoring their annual Great Finger Lakes Bicycle Tour which features "A full century ride! Excursions to Seneca Falls and Cayuga Lake State Park! Hikes to Watkins Glen State Park gorge from camp!"
A full century ride...100 miles! That would be so AWESOME to accomplish! There is no question in my mind that I WILL do at LEAST a century ride in my future...just not sure if June would be too premature to consider a realistic goal...
After the meeting it was such a GLORIOUSLY SUNNY DAY I just HAD to get out a grab a piece of it and went Nordic Walking for another 5 miles from Town Square up & down the Rail to Trail. Although I did a smidgen of jogging I chose to stick with the walking but focused on really THRUSTING the poles and working the arms, shoulders and back.
Has anyone watched the Olympic Cross Country Skiers...? Just INCREDIBLE what a FULL BODY sport that is! Perhaps it was the Olympic-scale of their efforts, but I'd never noticed before how much the entire body SPRINGS with every thrust of their poles...especially when they're double-poling it! This, along with the weather, inspired me to put more OOMPH into my pole work during today's walk.
At the end of my walk a couple of great tunes wrapped it up for me:
Acoustic Alchemy - Homecoming (unfortunately couldn't find one by A A, but a respectable version by a father & son team)
Here's another tune by A A which is more mellow, not exactly a workout tune, but one of my favorites by them: Augustrasse (just LOVE that repetitive, off-sounding keyboard riff! Has me HOOKED!)
and lastly, things got a little funky to my step with Michael Jackson's P.Y.T.!
So after my double dip of cardio today I am REALLY ready for an early and long night's sleep!
Let's all have a GREAT week ahead!
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