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Healing Fun!

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Feet are coming right along...got out for another great bike ride today with a friend of the family. Last night we had a rousing time around ye olde campfire playing guitars and singing along. Set off some fireworks later...it's been wonderful catching up with family I haven't seen in over 20 years!

Pics to follow...taking some here & there...no time to upload now...have to shower for the BIG re-union @ 1 pm...this is like a 3 day party! Woo hoo! :-)


ps...oh, feets are healing up enough to not slow me down TOO much today...!

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JESPAH 7/10/2010 12:04PM

    You ain't kiddin' that the economy stinks. Thanks for your support. :)

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ZELLAZM 7/7/2010 7:27AM

    Look forward to hearing more about your trip! I want to say WTG on getting the exercise in even while traveling sometimes, but I know sometimes it's even easier when traveling because you get to change up your routine! You're a good demonstration of that. Hope your tootsies are healing up well!


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FERRETLOVER1 7/5/2010 9:29AM

    Glad to hear you are "heeling" well!

Sounds like you had a great 4th of July with family!!

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SVELTINGTON 7/4/2010 1:01PM

    can't wait to see the pics
glad your dogs are healing

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GETTO140 7/4/2010 11:59AM

    Oh..here you are. For some reason, I could not click on your sparkpage from a message board. Maybe something is wrong on the tech side?

I hope you continue to heal well. Have a great day.

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Lobster Claws...yeouch!

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Just a quickie...had a blast kayaking with sister and her kids yesterday. However when I slathered up with sunscreen I was wearing sneaks / socks...guess what got toasted! Turned my feet into lobster claws...! Although I managed a short bike ride to my aunt's this morning I'm giving my feet and ankles a break now...slathering them with aloe, hoping to be more active tomorrow.

It's been great catching up with family I haven't seen in a long, long time!

Hope everyone's doing well out there! :-)


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SASSYCHRIS1952 7/12/2010 8:15AM

    Oooh you have my sympathy! I'm glad I read this, it's a reminder for ME to put sunscreen on my feet also since I go to the beach

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/7/2010 9:36AM

    Lobster claws, that's a funny way to described it, made me laugh. Hope your claws get better fast. emoticon

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SVELTINGTON 7/3/2010 10:43PM

    You bring new meaning to "hot dogs."

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FERRETLOVER1 7/3/2010 7:55PM

    Ouch - you poor thing! Hope the pain goes away ASAP!

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JEAN_W 7/3/2010 5:51PM

    Ouch. Oh, well, live and learn, eh? It sounds like a lot of fun, otherwise. #:^ )

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MIZZSB 7/3/2010 3:47PM

    oh thats gotta hurt.
I burned my feet once and that hurted i couldnt wear shoes or socks for days ...

Good luck with the Aloe Vera!

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SUNNY238 7/3/2010 3:06PM

    OUCH!! I've burned my feet before so I feel for you!!! Stay healthy and remember to slather those tootsies too!!! The sun reaches to the most surprising places sometimes, lol. Aside from the burned toes, kayaking sounds like so much fun!! I'm not a water person, but I bet that's something I could get into. I might have to look into lessons sometime.

Thanks for the spark!

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    That's a body part that you don't normally think about in terms of sun exposure! Yeow! Hope the aloe escalates the healing...

Ummm... you going to post photos??!!

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1st Flat! & 360 A/C

Sunday, June 27, 2010

I had the GRANDEST PLANS for Friday afternoon!

One of the perks to my job is that once or twice a month I get to spend an evening out with a group of my clients doing something fun: bowling, picnic @ the park, movies, etc. It's enjoyable to have some "down" time with them PLUS I get to take those hours off some other time at my convenience.

So Friday afternoon I was going to play hookie and after riding my bike to work for the morning I was going to scoot @ lunchtime and have the afternoon to hit the wide open roads of my choosing!

Woo Hoo!

Until I went down a street which was under lots of repair and hit one of those big flat slabs of metal which they use to cover holes, etc.

Thought I was in the clear, but a couple blocks later...my first flat struck!

I phoned home for a rescue and while waiting continued to walk my bike while waiting for a pick up and trip to the bike shop. My DW reminded ever-green conscious-me later on: hey, you know you could have just walked to the bike shop and not had to use the car at all... DOH! Moment #4,984,507! :-)

I am the world's LEAST handiest fellow...so I parlayed this into a lesson in fixing flats...the bike shop (Chenango Point...great fellows there!) was VERY patient in slowly going through the steps involved. It dawned on me that in all my travels thus far I have been ABSOLUTELY unprepared for this...! So I bought a spare tube, pump to hook on my bike and tire change tools. Doubt I can do this in a pain-free manner but at least I'm not TOTALLY clueless...!

Had a SUPER ride today up through Whitney Point into a little town to the north, Lisle...hot, muggy mid-80's but you know I really don't feel the heat too much until I stop. When I took a water break in Lisle I was sweating BUCKETS! Kinda takes the enjoyment out of a rest stop! So I got back on my bike, taking advantage of 360 A/C and stopped sweating almost immediately!

Anybody who knows me knows I am no fan of air conditioning. In the car I always use 460 A/C: four windows down going 60 mph! :-) On my BIKE I call it 360 A/C as I've got wind coming at me from all directions: 360 degrees...lol!

On the way home I took a gorgeous detour through Dorchester Park (our own little piece of paradise!)...all the hills, banks and homes a-blazin' in the summer sun with swaths of firey tiger lilies almost everywhere you look. It always does my heart a happy, happy dance when I see people walking, biking along the paths. The beach had some families wading & swimming in the water. And the canoe / kayak building was all set up and open for rental business! Can't wait to get out on a kayak this summer...sheesh...gotta do that SOON before this summer wastes away!

Here's a few pics of Dorchester...from another time:

A few boats out on the water:

Walking / biking path:

The open lake:

One of my SparkFriends (ACIMPEGGY) shared this lovely thought which I wanted to pass along to others...be sure to watch this a little bit...as it gets SO much better as it plays along. And be sure to PAY IT FORWARD! :-)


Hoping everyone had a special weekend and is prepared to have an even BETTER WEEK AHEAD! :-)


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FRECKS96 7/5/2010 9:15PM

    Sounds like a great ride and some good info to have. Next time you ride up to Lisle, don't forget to fill your water bottle at the natural spring. Always cold and delicious water!!

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USARUNNERGIRL 6/28/2010 2:59PM

    See your mishap of a flat tire has just helped you to prepare for the future. I count that as a blessing in disguise. That area is so lovely, I wish I was walking there now. Thank you!

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ZELLAZM 6/28/2010 11:19AM

    Don, glad to see you're more road-ready as a result of your experience. Thanks for sharing the great photos and your ENERGY! Yes, it's going to be a good week!

..back to Sparking as of today. :)

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LADYGWEN25 6/28/2010 9:53AM

    i watched the video.. awesome! thanks for posting it!

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LADYGWEN25 6/28/2010 9:48AM

    a lesson in tire changing is always good.. Now you have be on the fence for what i want for my anniversary.. a new bike(as i don't HAVE one) or a canoe... OY! glad your ride had a happy ending :)

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RAINBOWFALLS 6/28/2010 7:35AM

    Wow, that is a long haul. I like bike riding, but not to the extent that you do. I do love the lakes and parks we have around here and have been hoping to get out in a boat soon. I on the other hand need the air conditioning for brething reasons and some of these humid days are spent exercising on my indoor recumbent bike.

Keep up the great job you do!

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GRACEFULIFE 6/27/2010 9:22PM

    Very nice. You are gaining the skills and equipment to be self-sufficient on the road! Out of a PITA In the situation, you are now a better cyclist. Congratulations!

And the video... very cool. Thanks!

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GR8CATSBY 6/27/2010 7:07PM

    Congratulations on your flat tire initiation - you've now joined the club. :-) I ALWAYS carry supplies with me when I ride, and more than once I've used them along the side of the road... Why can't there be a AAA for cyclists?
I'm glad your ride today was so pleasant. I love riding when it's hot - today was perfect!

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 6/27/2010 6:23PM

    Thanks for sharing some of the beauty with the rest of us!

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LUREAH21 6/27/2010 6:08PM

    What a weekend!! Glad you weren't far from home/help when your tire went.

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SASSYCHRIS1952 6/27/2010 4:34PM

    You are so lucky to live in beautiful upstate NY! Thanks for posting the pics. Glad you're ok from that mishap

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Konquering Keuka!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

There were around 330 of us at our Great Finger Lakes Bike Tour this year...which marked its THIRTIETH (WOW!) anniversary!

We were tucked away in the Hidden Valley Campgrouds within Watkins Glen State Park. As many may know, Watkins Glen is known for its racing and NASCAR events. You could hear them going it throughout the day over the hill...sounding like a swarm of angry hornets! Some of the roads we biked were part of the first Watkins Glen International Speedway...hard to believe these roads which were either twisting up / down valleys or straightaways through open fields could have been the scene of such mayhem! It was all so serene and peaceful (away from the track!).

The first day I biked up and down the east side of Seneca Lake from Watkins Glen along past MANY different wineries and vineyards. During a couple of stops I had a chance to chat with some pleasant cyclists who had come all the way from Windsor, Ontario! Total miles for Saturday were 38.

Vineyards overlooking Seneca Lake north of Watkins Glen

Hector Falls north of Watkins Glen

Hector Falls emptying into Seneca Lake

That afternoon a fellow member of SparkPeople (TEAMAEGIS) who is ALSO a member of the bike club was giving another walking tour of Watkins Glen. I have walked the glen in the past, but it had been a while and I appreciated the opportunity to share our stories while re-visiting such beautiful sites of nature!

Watkins Glen

Saturday had been HOT and increasingly MUGGY...the bank thermometer in Watkins Glen put the temp @ 86! But it felt SO NICE to catch up with some SUNSHINE!

That night I think I had the longest sleep I'd seen in many moons...! There was a raffle @ 8 pm...finished dinner @ 7 pm. Back at the cabin the sleepies struck. I thought, hey, I'll just rest a bit until it's time for the raffle. Didn't wake up until the next morning 6 pm! Whew WEE was that ever GREAT!

Sunday's weather was a whole different story! By the time we had breakfast, packed and left the campgrounds for Hammondsport the rains had begun! It was like being back in Georgia again! TORRENTIAL rains, nearly forcing us to pull over to the side of the road at times!

It was still raining steadily when we arrived at Keuka Lake and I was like...don't think I'm up for biking in THIS! So we killed some time by driving around the lake to see the route I would bike IF the rain let up!

That was when we saw multiple washouts of mud & stone strewn across the road in a number of spots. UGH! But I was like...well, maybe by the time we circle round the lake...? The rain DID let up and there was only a light, off & on drizzle:

Misty, foggy, post-torrential Keuka Lake

I just KNEW there would be no LIVING with myself if I didn't get out there and NAIL that route 'round the lake! So off I went! Keuka Lake is shaped like a large "Y" with Hammondsport at the bottom of the stem, Branchport at the left tip of the "Y" and Penn Yan at the right tip. The route was 44 miles IF one travels directly from Branchport to Penn Yan, 57 miles if one undertook the bluff route traveling down and up the inside of the "Y"...and this route has a notorious hill to negotiate. Our bike club president says: "I never met a hill I couldn't...walk up!" :-)

Because the time was running tight and I didn't want to stay TOO late I vetoed the bluff run...saving that for another day!

One of the special joys of the ride up the west side of the lake was the run-off of the rains which had just pounded down. On my right was Keuka and on my left were rocky embankments through which every 100 yards or so a mini-waterfall cut through the stone...a treat for my eyes and ears!

This weekend reminded me yet one more time how blessed we are to have such beauty in our backyard here in rural upstate New York!

Hope everyone in our SparkFamily is doing well and alive & thriving on into the wonderful summer months!


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    My daughter graduated from Ithaca College and reading your blog post made me remember how much fun it was hiking at all the State Parks!
The Finger Lakes area is fantastic for camping (Tremain) hiking (Buttermilk) and paddling (Keuka).

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GOANNA2 6/24/2010 4:47PM

    What amazing scenery. Thanks for sharing.
Glad you got some sleep.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/22/2010 12:06PM

    What a great accomplishment and beautiful scenery to add to it. Thanks for sharing your experience and pics. You are so inspiring, keep up the fantastic work.

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JEAN_W 6/22/2010 7:12AM

    I've walked at Watkins Glen! Beautiful scenery. I think I swam there, too, but that might have been another glen.

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    That sounds like a really great ride. I am glad you enjoyed it.

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USARUNNERGIRL 6/21/2010 1:50PM

    How awesome Don. Those pictures were so beautiful. I am glad that you came, you saw, and you conquered!!! Woot.

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JCORYCMA 6/20/2010 11:16PM

    Thanks so much for sharing the beautiful pictures, Don! It makes me long for the days that we lived in your beautiful state! Biking was an awesome way to enjoy the scenery.

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GR8CATSBY 6/20/2010 9:28PM

    Great pictures, Don!!!!
Last year I biked in the Watkins Glen area - starting off with the steep hill on the east side of Seneca Lake (79 into 414). And a few years ago I did the inside of the Y of Keuka Lake, including going up to Garrett Chapel (THAT was a nasty hill!). The hills are worth every drop of sweat, since the scenery is so nice once you get to the top.

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L*I*T*A* 6/19/2010 7:17PM

    what an awesome adventure!!!
thanks for sharing these great pictures...........
blessings and hugs.............lita

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HEARTOLOVE 6/19/2010 2:40PM

    Wow!! You sound like you really enjoyed your bike ride in the countryside!! I'm glad to see you are doing good. We miss you on Health Professionals! Take Care and enjoy your summer!

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SVELTINGTON 6/19/2010 9:33AM

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures; sounds like you had a great time.

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DAYHIKER 6/19/2010 8:43AM

    Welcome back, Don! What a great trip and a great blog and pictures!! Congratulations on sticking with that ride even in the pouring rain! Glad you got a good sleep and glad you are back blogging--missed ya!!


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LUREAH21 6/19/2010 8:42AM

    Sounds like it was wonderful!

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DINGALLSTOO 6/19/2010 8:31AM

    there's not many places prettier or more diverse than NYS!! Great pics.

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FERRETLOVER1 6/19/2010 8:29AM

    Wow - thank you for sharing those amazing photos! Especially loved the Watkins Glen one. You really are lucky to have this beautiful location right in your backyard!

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FRECKS96 6/19/2010 7:38AM

    Sounds amazing!! I can't wait to get up that way this summer.

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CARRIE1948 6/19/2010 7:35AM

    Quite an adventure

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SUZANNERN 6/19/2010 4:17AM

    thanks for posting! the pics are beautiful... made me miss home! emoticon

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COLOURFULME 6/19/2010 3:08AM

    I love nature wish I had it closer. Every time I visit my page I feel relaxed looking at the green and greens.
Could I copy that huge waterfall from in your blog Hector's falls? Would like to add it to my photogalary. If it is not possible no problem.....:)
Enjoy your weekend.

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MIZZSB 6/19/2010 1:44AM

    WOW it looks gorgeous!

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Necessity is the Mother of...

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Well, I may have forgotten to bring a 2nd pair of tips for my Nordic poles, which I discovered I wore out during yesterday's outing on those Georgia country roads...got around 45 mins. from my son's home when I realized that *scrape-scrape* those rubber tipped poles weren't quite sounding right as I was traveling along...sure enough looked at the bottom of the pole and the rubber had been worn right down to the metal pole...sheesh!

What to do now? Well, walk, dummy! Yeah, but walking just didn't cut it for me...just didn't satisfy my urge to MOVE! So I started jogging! I had ventured around 45 mins. from home when I had decided to return just carrying my poles while jogging along...at first thinking I'd just jog a bit and get back to walking...but you know...? It felt kinda all right! So I jogged the whole way back in 30 mins.! Now I know my Nordic walking tends to vary between 4-5 mph. So how fast was I jogging...? Dunno...

BUT: Tonight on our way traveling home after 12 hours on the road we checked in at a low-budget hotel...you know, for one night why spend any more than necessary...? Did they have a pool...? Yep: opens in two days. Did they have wireless internet? Yep: except not in our room. Did they have a fitness center? Yep: except they just keyed the room and the manager couldn't find any key that would open it.

Batting a thousand, eh....? Well, I always have my two feet AND I brought along my jump rope as a back up plan...

Anyhow, after fiddling with their internet service for a half hour trying to get the wireless working I gave up and lo & behold the manager gets the fitness center (such as it was...) open. Ugh: no elliptical! I SO like to do elliptical when I'm away from home. There was a stair climber...tried it for 10 mins. ugh...still don't like those things...too clunky, awkward, can't get any RHYTHM going on one of those.

All right how about the stationary bike? I've been away from my bicycle for around 2 weeks now...would be good to at least limber up on a stationary bike! Yep, if it worked! No power...pedals whizzed around with no resistance whatsoever...

That left the 3rd and last gadget...a treadmill.

I've gotta tell ya, my treadmill at home has been gathering LOTS of dust since I've been able to get out cycling and/or Nordic walking. I have to admit to even feeling a bit...ugh, not the TREADMILL...these days...so SPOILED by the outdoors!

I was THIS close to opting to just getting outside and walking / running around the building when I realized: hey...there is an *air conditioner* in here! I can max out the A/C while on the treadmill!

Okay, so I decide...it's been a LONG day and although I'm weary in a way, I feel a lot of pent up energy from sittting and driving all day. Let's give it a good effort: I set it for 60 mins. Was surprised to find that 60 was the max time setting! Incline? Well I use a "10" on my treadmill at home so I'll start with that. Speed? Let's start at 4 for warm up.

Soon I bumped it up to 4.5. Then 5...and noticed something: I usually have a slow jog going at 5 mph, but I was still taking rapid long strides. Hmmm...maybe I need more incline...bumped it up to "15"...the max setting on the incline, which STILL didn't feel like the incline on my home treadmill. What is it with these treadmill manufacturers...can't they kick out more incline...?lol

Good song...okay let's get running...5.5...ooh GREAT SONG...how about 6 mph...? You know...6 is what I used to do for a short song now and again. But tonight? I just held it at 6 or MORE for the majority of my hour on the treadmill! On MAX incline! A couple of songs really pushed me...my personal "Rocky" song, which is Emerson Lake & Palmer's rocked out version of Aaron Copeland's Fanfare for the Common Man...AWESOME track! Even if World Wide Sports DID use it for their theme song once upon a time! www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN5ap9AseQc

Kinda makes me feel like I'm at my own personal Olympics or something...! :-) Pushed it to 6.5 mph!

And THEN came Jefferson Airplane's live version of 3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds, which pushed me to 6.7 mph!


I finished my hour on the 'mill racking up 5.9 miles...woo hoo!

Part of me still wonders if this 'mill (Life Fitness) is defective and these numbers aren't valid...? But although I can't say I have the "running bug" just yet, I can certainly feel something percolating that hasn't been there quite to this degree in the past...!

Well, it's late, must crash so I can get up and hit the road for the final home stretch!

Hope everyone's Sparkin' Plenty out there...!


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ZESTYLADY 6/13/2010 6:13PM

    And away you go again! Always good to see your motivation. Helps me get mine geared up!

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ZIRCADIA 6/11/2010 8:25PM

    WOW you are turning into quite the runner over here!!!!!!!!! :D WOOHOO!!!!!

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SHOSHANADP 6/9/2010 11:41PM

    Good for you for finding ways around the issues that were thrown at you. I am amazed at what you are able to do. I consider myself to be able to do fairly well on physical stuff (casually walking I'm going at least 3.5 mph) and I don't think I could have done your treadmill workout.

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JCORYCMA 6/9/2010 11:21PM

    I've been out of the loop and missed a few blogs lately. This one was a great one for me to jump back in. Your positive attitude shines! AND I got out my i-pod and listened to the ELP Hoedown Fanfare for the Common Man track that I have on it - right before Kansas doing Song for America and right after Yes doing Roundabout! Gotta love the 70's :)

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_VALEO_ 6/8/2010 12:00PM

    I love your attitude, you always see the silver lining in everything, and push yourself and your limits.


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L*I*T*A* 6/7/2010 11:14AM

    you are an inspiration to many!!!
blessings and hugs............lita
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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/7/2010 9:21AM

    You are so awesome with all your workouts. Keep up the good work. You totally inspired me today.

Hope you have a safe journey home.

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SVELTINGTON 6/7/2010 9:03AM

    You are the definition of never giving up and never giving in!
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Thank you for the tune recommendations. I was hooked on the same playlist for a few months; but now I am changing it at least once a week.

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DAYHIKER 6/7/2010 6:40AM

    How great that you let one thing lead to another instead of sitting down and feeling sorry for yourself! Way to go, Don! No wonder you have been so successful with that kind of drive and passion pushing you forward! emoticon

Thanks for the tip on the songs!! emoticon


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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/6/2010 11:36PM

    WTG, Don!

My knee hurts just thinking about all that running, but my muscles and cardio system are thrilled for ya!

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