Sunday, April 04, 2010
Got out to one of our local parks, did a nice ride about town...tried a new route which I created as I went along by traveling a long, "no left turn" loop...hate left turns...as I am super cautious around intersections and invariably stop, get off the bike and walk across the intersection. So no left turns = uninterrupted riding joy!
Then took a water break and picked up the Nordic poles for some NICE stepping, jogging along at times. Couple of stand-out tunes including 4 on 6 by Lee Ritenour, a great tribute to Wes Montgomery, the father of jazz guitar, in my opinion...great MOVIN' song!
Another of my favorites REALLY pumped me up...Springsteen's Rosalita:
Wish I would run into some other folks using Nordic poles...have YET to see this happen...! I get some STRANGE looks at times, some approving "thumbs up" looks at others.
On a more sober note, came across this article about the mythical side of American holidays, talking initially about egg farms and what they are REALLY like, juxtaposed against the White House egg roll. The article later quotes Michael Pollin from "Omnivore's Dilemma" re: the McNugget:
"Of the thirty-eight ingredients it takes to make a McNugget, I counted thirteen that can be derived from corn", starting with the corn-fed chicken itself ... According to the handout, McNuggets also contain several completely synthetic ingredients, quasiedible substances that ultimately come not from a corn or soybean field but from a petroleum refinery or chemical plant ... But perhaps the most alarming ingredient in a Chicken McNugget is tertiary butylhydroquinone, or TBHQ, an antioxidant derived from petroleum that is either sprayed directly on the nugget or the inside of the box it comes in to 'help preserve freshness.' According to A Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives, TBHQ is a form of butane (i.e., lighter fluid) the FDA allows processors to use sparingly in our food: it can comprise no more than 0.02 percent of the oil in a nugget. Which is probably just as well, considering that ingesting a single gram of TBHQ can cause 'nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse.' Ingesting five grams of TBHQ can kill."
The entire article can be found here:
Sobering food for thought...!
Keep Sparking out there everyone!
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Bundled up against the 36 degree, foggy morning, I managed to bike to work in one piece. I was more cautious than usual in some of the high-traffic, intersection areas and hopped off to walk through those. Riding down the one MAJOR hill I discovered that eating ice cream too fast is not the ONLY way to get brain freeze...lol! Although I brought a pocket full of tissue and used them once or twice along the way by the time I arrived at work I'd never SEEN so much stuff running from my eyes, nose, etc. Must've wasted most of a box of tissue restoring myself!
Ah but the ride home...! The PAY-OFF! Nearly 80 degrees, bright sun, nice breeze...woo hoo! Yet one more hill I could tackle with my new bike without having to get off and walk, as I had to with my other bike! The northbound side of this hill has such a narrow shoulder and I wobbled so with my other bike that I landed in the ditch once...always walked it up after that. Not so with this bike! But I have to wonder...is it JUST the bike or am I in that much better shape, fewer pounds, etc...? Oh, and I was able to change into my favorite biking attire...shorts & T...YES! ...covered up those dorky lycra things with regular khaki shorts...lol
And... after being so stubborn (never needed no dorky pants BEFORE...!) I have to admit they really DID help! I'm not out of the woods just yet, but at least after riding almost 20 miles today I don't feel like I'm sitting on a hard APPLE tonight...! Maybe more like a squishy peach...! :-) Now how is it that I can yet STILL dream of multi-day, long distance touring with such humble, feeble beginnings...?!?! But dream I do!
It at least feels manageable, like something I really CAN toughen up!
And after coming home it was just too darned BEAUTIFUL to sit in the house...so went to one of our favorite parks (Dorchester, Whitney Point) and pumped up an hour of Nordic Walking...which I got to thinking is a lot like taking the elliptical out on the open road...pumping those poles!
When all was said and done I felt good and spent and the body part that felt the best "ache"...? Upper arms and shoulders! Nordic pumping of those arms I realized beyond working shoulders and abs also targets those blasted BATWINGS! Great stuff!
Tomorrow: Hit the road to work yet again! At least it will be around 5 degrees warmer...low 40's...!
Thx everyone for following my trials, tribs & VICTORIES! Woo Hoo!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
One of the down sides to biking is being unable to use my mp3 player for tunes while I'm on the road. However a "trick" I've been using at times has been to play my tunes in my mind's "ear" as though I AM wearing an mp3 player. Sometimes it can be a bit garbled, sorta like George Carlin's old skit where he's turning the radio dial through the channels...lol, but other times it helps me to keep on keepin' on, like having a radio in my head.
Makes me wonder about those who go on long distance touring bike rides of hundreds of miles a day as to how they do it and what goes on in one's mind during all those hours of biking.
Haven't had the kind of time I'd like to have for biking just yet...waiting for it to be light enough in the morning for me to be able to safely start biking back and forth to work.
Yesterday's ride convinced me that even though I never needed them before with my other bike, I'm going to HAVE to invest in a pair of biking shorts...YEOUCH! Even after 5 days off the bike, the pain came back in a hurry! Still was great to get out again, even at a nippy 38 degrees!
I've been on a dried bean streak lately and almost ALWAYS cooking up either a soup or making my own hummus...which is so CHEAP compared to the OUTRAGEOUS prices for hummus at the stores! Died garbanzos and other beans are far less expensive than the canned varieties and no BPAs to worry about...yum! Love to spice it up with the cumin, jalapeno, crushed red pepper, LOTS of black pepper, chili powder, etc. Great for dipping my veggies...!
Looking forward to warmer temps this week...everyone keep on SPARKIN'! :-)
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