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Beware Your Chair!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Sharing a GREAT blog from the NY Times here...basically enlightened me to the dangers of sitting for long periods of time, which persist EVEN IF YOU WORKOUT!

Check this out:

Stand Up While You Read This!


"Your chair is your enemy.

It doesn’t matter if you go running every morning, or you’re a regular at the gym. If you spend most of the rest of the day sitting — in your car, your office chair, on your sofa at home — you are putting yourself at increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, a variety of cancers and an early death. In other words, irrespective of whether you exercise vigorously, sitting for long periods is bad for you."

One of the things I've noticed since losing weight is that I get restless when I sit for very long and am often fidgeting...drives my DW CRAZY! Uh oh...looks like I've found valid justification... :-)


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XENA1956 3/20/2010 11:02PM

    If I don't move around every 15 mins or so my toes go to sleep. I know you should get up and mover around no less than every 30 mins. Thanks for the get info.

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JWBRIGHTEYES 3/20/2010 6:12PM

    I try to get up and move every so often, whenever I am stuck needing to sit for long periods i.e. job, driving, etc. I just get so stiff and achy if I dont.

I think if I had a desk job in an office and I was a boss, I would institute "dance breaks" and every so often during the day just fire up the music and get everyone up to dance!

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SVELTINGTON 3/20/2010 6:00PM

    I also am a fidgety sitter. I must stand up and walk in place every little while.

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USARUNNERGIRL 3/20/2010 10:34AM

    Yeah I have to sit, and sit, and sit some more at my job. I am always trying to find ways to get up and move about. Hate sitting. In fact most days I stand in my kitchen and spark standing up. LOL.

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FRANNIEDID 3/20/2010 9:15AM

    I try to get up and move during the day, fortunately my job requires me to do a certain amount of running around!

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MADTOWNBUDDHA 3/20/2010 9:14AM

    no question...since I moved away from working on my feet as a chef about 15 years ago and into office/desk work...there is no question my body has taken the biggest hit of it's life. More walking, less Sitting....new mantra...Thanks Don! Ryan

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FERRETLOVER1 3/20/2010 8:50AM

    I have read something about this before. It has made me aware that I need to get up from that chair more often.

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COLOURFULME 3/20/2010 3:50AM

    Yep I recognize that too....restless that's why I take the stairs when going to another colleague on a different floor and have put my water cooker in the kitchen in stead of at my desk. That way I have to get up.

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JCORYCMA 3/20/2010 1:06AM

    Rather than be discouraged because I sit a lot at work, I'm going to take the attitude that we do what we can where we can and that's all we can do. In my list of priorities, sitting on my stool at the end of the exam table at work or talking on the phone with patients is pretty important. So I try to make up for it by exercising, taking the stairs, and parking further away. I'm not going to worry about it because isn't excessive worry bad for you??? I guess I could always take up gum chewing...

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Join Me On My RiverWalk...!

Friday, March 19, 2010

I took time today to take a few snapshots along the way during my noon hour Nordic Walking along our RiverWalk. We are blessed with yet MORE stupendous weather with tomorrow promising yet another day...time to get my motor revving and head out on my BIKE...woo HOO!

I've put the pics together into a slideshow here:


The really cool thing about Nordic Walking is the duo focus on walking and simultaneously working one's arms, shoulders and abs while thrusting the poles. It's like cross country skiing without the skis (or the slips and flopping around on the ground if you're ME...lol!). After an hour of this I can really feel it in my arms and shoulders.

I love discovering how much of our beautiful city I can take in during our noon hour! Far too often I am guilty of not thinking of places to go, things to do which keep me moving & keep me LIVING! Cars, work, daily grind...before one knows it the day is over and there hasn't been any time to SPARK!

Hope you all find ways to get off the beaten path and savor the beauty that's around you every day!


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L*I*T*A* 3/20/2010 12:11PM

    loved your great pictures made me feel like i was right there !!!
have a wonderful weekend............
blessings and hugs................lita

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SOULCOLLAGESUE 3/20/2010 12:02PM

    It felt like I was walking with you. I love hearing your experience Nordic Walking (new to me). What a beautiful city. I wanted to be sitting on that bench on the path right before the picture of the bridge. Great photos - an amateur photographer, to boot? Have a great weekend, Don. Thanks for taking the time to share your day in photos.

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DAYHIKER 3/20/2010 9:48AM

    Loved the slide show--thanks!!

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FERRETLOVER1 3/20/2010 8:53AM

    Sounds to me like you won't ever have to worry about sitting in your chair too long, huh?

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SVELTINGTON 3/20/2010 8:39AM

    Great pictures! We have a riverwalk in CT I am inspired to check it out.

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JCORYCMA 3/20/2010 12:06AM

    Great photos, Don! You've inspired me to get out as soon as our snow clears -- Iowa weather's hopefully last hurrah -- and take some pictures of our pretty local scenery! Your nordic poles remind me of why I like the elliptical!

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Very Peculiar Pattern...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

I start the day croopy, but fairly quickly clear up and am good to go throughout the day...had another glorious Nordic walk along our downtown Riverwalk today for about an hour. Feel like a million bucks!

Get out of work, come home, take care of some things, settle into SP, etc. and back comes the crud and hacking, coughing yuck-stuff to nag at me through the night.

Some have suggested the Neti-Pot, which I've resisted mightily as it just sounds so unpleasant to use...but I think this crud is even MORE unpleasant!


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LADYGWEN25 3/19/2010 9:09PM

    Don... the Neti pot Is SO GOOD for rinsing the pollen out of your nose... I used mine tonight..as i've been outside all day and noticed i'm stuffy...so better not have caught a cold from my hubby. :(

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_VALEO_ 3/19/2010 3:03PM

    Is it an allergy to pollen?

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AMETHYST0809 3/19/2010 12:30PM

    Sorry you are not feeling well Don! I have thought about using a Neti-pot, since I do get sinus congestion quite a bit, but have not yet taken the plunge, so to speak. I hear they do work well, so maybe I'll get one and try it also. Hope you feel better soon! The sun beckons... emoticon

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USARUNNERGIRL 3/19/2010 10:56AM

    Ahhhh I am so sorry you are not feeling the bestest. Mine always hits me hard too.

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SVELTINGTON 3/19/2010 10:32AM

    Please feel better soon!
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Youtube has a few good neti pot demonstrations.

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AMABILE75 3/19/2010 7:57AM

    I hope you get to feeling better very soon!!! emoticon

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FERRETLOVER1 3/19/2010 7:51AM

    My former boss used to really talk up the benefits of a Neti-Pot. I think it really sounds extremely gross, but she swore by it.

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MADTOWNBUDDHA 3/19/2010 5:49AM


I was really reluctant to use a Neti up until about a year ago. So as needed when I'm really stuffed up, I'll do it and it's absolutely amazing...really clears out your sinus' and just makes you feel better. It's the real deal, and with spring allergens in the air...thanks for the reminder, I'm gonna dig mine out this weekend! Ryan

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GRACEFULIFE 3/19/2010 2:24AM

    I personally dig the neti pot whenever I feel sick or stuffed up. It doesn't necessarily help with lung congestion but it helps a lot with stuffy nose and sinus congestion. I've long had the neti pot from Whole Foods: http://graphics8.nytimes.com/
but I also recently acquired the NeilMed squirt bottle version: http://www.neilmed.com/usa/si
and I found it genius to do the squirt bottle then the neti pot right after when I was sick two weeks ago. I've long used the fine sea salt they sell at Whole Foods, but I've also tried the NeilMed packets and I don't think I feel a functional difference. All it really seems to do for me is to clean EVERYTHING out of my nose and sinuses which lets me breathe pretty easily for a period of time. And yes, the feeling is a bit strange at first - just DON'T do it without the salt in the water, and experiment a bit to get the right head angle forward/back. It's unpleasant if it pours down the throat, but that doesn't happen with the slightly forward head angle I use so that the water won't run down my chin.

I agree with 4A, though, it does sound like there is an allergen in your home. How long since a furnace filter change, or switch to a better one? Perhaps turn the furnace fan to "on" to continuously filter the air. That helps my brother and GF a lot during high-allergen periods.

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COLOURFULME 3/19/2010 2:12AM

    I thought the same as 4A-HEALTHY-BMI !? Get well anyway!

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PUDDLE_JUMPER 3/19/2010 1:00AM

    I have one. I use it occasionally. I had a doctor say to use it when coming in from being out and about town just to wipe out irritants. I haven't gone that far. I get a lot of nasal and sinus irritation though. I am finally clearing up a bit more today. Though, not if I don't get to bed soon. LOL. Take care Don and feel better reallly soon. Fresh air was good for me today, too. Hugs, Karen

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 3/19/2010 12:42AM

    Any chance you might be allergic to something at home?

Any dampness there? Or anything different about the air quality?

Just a thought...

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OUTDOORGIRL70 3/18/2010 11:15PM

    Hope you get feeling better. My DR recommended it I really didn't want to use it . I just can't bring myself to having something going through my nose.

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JCORYCMA 3/18/2010 10:21PM

    I love the neti- pot! I use the squirt bottle version. My husband refers to it as my "waterboarding", but it's not unpleasant at all. My ENT dr. says that we all culture mold in our sinuses (a creepy thought!) and some people react worse to it than others.It help to flush out the mold spores. I hope you get it cleared up. Respiratory/sinus crud can sure sap your energy!

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Trying to Keep Moving...!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Over the past several days I've had this insidious creeping ENT crud getting just a bit worse each day, nagging cough, runny nose and off & on ears acting up. I remembered my ENT doc's advice to spritz some white vinegar in the ears to keep them clear, which appears to be working, but the N & T keep pestering me. Have been feeling blah & run down so some days have blown off working out.

Today, I thought I'd try the opposite: maybe if I get myself MOVING I can rev up my circulation to just blow this crud out of my system...?

So...nailed treadmill this a.m. for 35 mins., got out for a walk & talk with a client for 45 mins. and later this evening did some Nordic walking into our local downtown 30 mins. each way.

It all felt great at the time...especially being out in the glorious sunshine which ALWAYS feels like a cure-all for ANYTHING to me... :-)

But here I am tonight hacking, coughing and sneezing away...yuck! Want to clear this up so I can get out on my bike this weekend...! And the weather is SO BEAUTIFUL, just going to HAVE to keep getting outside for my sunshine fix!

Stay tuned...


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TRAINOF4 3/18/2010 1:27PM

    As you say to me, RATS! Allergies maybe?? As always plenty of fluids to help wash the junk out. I hope whatever the gunk is is moves through soon so you can get back to enjoying Springtime. A few others have mentioned rest - not just blowing off workouts, but rest from everything. 24 hrs under the covers can do wonders emoticon for the psyche.

Just 48 hours until the weekend emoticon I hope you're back on your feet by then!!

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L*I*T*A* 3/18/2010 9:58AM

    i just got over similar symptoms................rest and take it easy...........wishing you well soon............blessings and hugs................lita

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RAINBOWFALLS 3/18/2010 9:40AM

    I had a similar thing happen to me right after buying my recumbent bike. I got Bronchitis and I knew I needed to exercise to get results with SP. So I forced myself to ride the bike or walk at lunch and I would cough a lot while doing both. This is the first week I haven't had those coughing attacks. My lungs are still not up to par, but much better.

I figured you be out there in the evenings riding. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon.

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SVELTINGTON 3/18/2010 9:11AM

    Sending you good thoughts for a speedy recovery!
Have you ever tried a neti pot? Works great for my N problems before the develop into E&T problems.
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DAISES2 3/18/2010 9:00AM

    i'm sorry your not feeling good,and i know you love your exercise,but you need rest as well.get some rest and then give that new (i'm jealous) bike some wellie emoticon

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USARUNNERGIRL 3/18/2010 8:34AM

    Sorry you aren't feeling very good. I have one of those colds too. Ugh. I made myself do my run last night too. I am still coughing but I do feel a little less congested. Hope you get to feeling much better soon.

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FERRETLOVER1 3/18/2010 8:21AM

    I am sorry to hear that you are still sick. Sounds to me like you need to pamper yourself a bit. Take it easy & feel better soon.
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AMABILE75 3/18/2010 7:48AM

    I really hope you get over it soon!! I'm fighting that myself right now!! Some days it is just so hard to push through it when your body is revolting against you!! Hang in there and don't push too hard!


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COLOURFULME 3/18/2010 3:54AM

    It's better to get it all out of your system!! Your body sends you signals!! Take care!

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    So sorry to hear you're fighting off some illness. Something's going around; DG's just getting over it himself. It runs you down! Gotta give you big props for all that movement, Don. Take care.

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 3/18/2010 2:23AM

    Oh, poor you, I'm sending out healthy thoughts your way. emoticon

emoticon I hope this is you by the weekend!

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JCORYCMA 3/17/2010 11:17PM

    I'm having sinus surgery in April, so I can sympathize. My rule of thumb is exercise if I don't have a fever, but I keep it less intense. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate and go to bed early!!
I hope you feel better soon!!
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SIRCATNIP1 3/17/2010 10:58PM

    Feel better, Don

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LADYGWEN25 3/17/2010 10:58PM

    I've done the garlic with honey on a spoon..works AWESOME... and if you don't have a Neti Pot.. get one.. helps keeps the sinuses rinsed out.. i totally swear by them shortening the cold.. and sounds like you're on day 3-5 of the cold.. it's all uphill from there! But i do feel your pain.. had the same issue this past weekend.. and even though it was raining some.. i got out and walked(when it wasn't) and it really did help .. Hope you feel better soon!

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FRECKS96 3/17/2010 10:38PM

    Aw, man. Spring colds stinks. I know a few people that swear by Zicam. If you prefer all natural stuff...honey for the throat (I like it stirred into hot water with a splash of lemon) and garlic. Take a clove, chop it up into 5-6 pieces and swallow the pieces like a pill. Do this 2x/day. Sounds crazy, but it works. You can take them together if you dare (A spoonful of honey with a clove of garlic.)

Feel Better soon!

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First Spin! :-)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Hustled home to get about an hour out & about on my new wheels before it just got too dark to be safe on the road.

I was a little wobbly as it was my first ride of the season, but how it felt so FINE whizzing along on my Tricross! Lot's of gears for easy climbing of the hills, lightweight body that's so responsive!

Coincidentally I get my bike as Google Maps comes out with a new feature: you can route your bike trip from point A to B and it will select the most bike-friendly route for you!

Here's more about it: www.treehugger.com/files/2010/03/woo

Hey, only three days of biking will get me to my relatives in Michigan! Four days to other folks in Georgia!

I can dream, can't I...? :-)

Looks like our extraordinary run of outstanding weather is coming to a halt this weekend...but it's only rain...at least the warmth will still be sticking around!

Have a SPARKIN' weekend everyone!


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JMSURPRENANT 5/4/2010 8:38AM

    Great Bike - thanks for posting on my blog about my new bike - the Commuter 2 by Jamis last week.
Keep on pedaling!
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AMBULATOR 3/17/2010 11:20PM

    My reward for getting to 200 is going to be a bike. This post is motivating me.

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BOTZZZ 3/16/2010 2:36PM

    Bike looks good Don, if you enjoy it half as much as I enjoy mine you will want to ride it everywhere ;)

As Ever

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TRAINOF4 3/16/2010 10:54AM

    Yaaay!! New bike! I'm so happy to see you on your new bike after all the choices to be made & the near delay on getting it. SOO happy you got the bike & are having weather to enjoy it!! HaPPY dAy emoticon

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KATRINA333 3/16/2010 9:07AM

    Very nice bike! Well done! Have fun!

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_VALEO_ 3/16/2010 7:52AM

    Hope you could ride this weekend.

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 3/16/2010 1:33AM

    You know, Don, I read this line: "lightweight body that's so responsive" and thought, "hey, is he talking about the bike or himself?!" emoticon

Love the new wheels! Have fun and be safe!

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AMABILE75 3/15/2010 3:19PM

    emoticon So happy you got your bike!!!!

I know you're going to have tons of fun now!! :)

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ZIRCADIA 3/15/2010 12:45PM

    ... of straight biking? Through the night? :D hehehehe or does that account for stopovers for sleeping and whatnot? :D

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PISTL67 3/14/2010 4:45PM

    cool bike. you were smart getting fenders, your back will stay dryer on wet days. not sure why they stopped putting them on. i have fender envy! happy pedaling!!! emoticon emoticon

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XENA1956 3/13/2010 1:38AM

    Wow you are looking hot and so is the bike. I wish I could do a week walk to somewhere. Where I live it is not too easy to bike without the danger of cars everywhere except on bike paths. Thats what I get for living in the city, I guess. I have lived in S.CA all my life so I am sort of use to it.
I will till my friend who rides a lot about the new google maps feature.

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FRECKS96 3/12/2010 4:44PM

    Awesome!! Enjoy it.

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SVELTINGTON 3/12/2010 2:53PM

    Nice wheels!

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DAYHIKER 3/12/2010 2:39PM

    Nice bike, Don!! You will have a great time with it! emoticon Thought about you this morning as I took off at daybreak with my Leki's and a small lumbar pack. emoticon emoticon

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AMETHYST0809 3/12/2010 12:00PM

    This should add some spice to the ol' workout routine! Congrats on the new wheels, and on maintaining your weight loss! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 3/12/2010 10:47AM

    what a great new picture.....looking awesome!!!
thanks for the link great new feature.............thanks for sharing...............keep on keeping on.......blessings and hugs..............lita

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USARUNNERGIRL 3/12/2010 9:45AM

    Nice looking bike Don. Sounds like you had a great ride. The new map feature sounds awesome to me.

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Yeah we are rainy here too, supposed to be tomorrow. But I am going to still run outside in it tomorrow. I have an 8 miler run for tomorrow and I am not gonna let a little rain stand in my way.

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JESPAH 3/12/2010 9:16AM

    That whistling sound behind you that you hear is me.

Good goin'!

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JCORYCMA 3/12/2010 8:23AM

    Great looking bike! Enjoy it along with the warmer weather!

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FERRETLOVER1 3/12/2010 7:28AM

    You look fantastic (and the bike ain't bad either!!)

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JO11YMON 3/12/2010 2:16AM

    Nice looking ride. Glad to hear that you were able to get out and put some miles under the rubber. keep looking forward to getting many more in one day.

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SOULCOLLAGESUE 3/12/2010 12:23AM

    How cool about the bike map! You look great, Don. I'm so glad to hear you're continuing to have fun. Love the red shirt, too. Nothin' nicer than new wheels. emoticon

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SUZIAND 3/11/2010 10:52PM

    Enjoy your biking time, Don! You should bike to Nebraska! : )


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PUDDLE_JUMPER 3/11/2010 10:43PM

    So psyched for you. I love my bike but it is an old classic refurbished one speed, one of a kind. But, it is flat in town and my knees don't do trails and I make an average speed and don't go far. I enjoy what I do and hope to get a newer one in the future but meanwhile old daisy's holding out. I am glad you have new wheels and hope you have a lot of fun and get great exercise. Enjoy!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PKTREKGIRL 3/11/2010 10:06PM

    I know you've been looking forward to riding! Glad that you are having such a great time on your bike! I'm so happy for you! emoticon

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