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Back For More Punishment...! :-)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Yep, before checking out I went back to the fitness room today and nailed 35 mins on ye olde Evil E! MUCH less wobbly today! Did another round of ST and some more stationary biking with some cooling down and stretching in the pool.

Nice start to yet another scorching day. I think they broke their record yesterday in Phillie...probably around 100. It was still 90 at 10 pm! Yowzers!

My mentor for the MS Bike tour this September was in a double century ride here in the PA area yesterday & today...100 miles each day! In this heat, I just could NEVER imagine such a feat! Looking forward to hearing from him on how he did...!

Don

  
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L*I*T*A* 7/30/2010 12:36AM

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JCORYCMA 7/26/2010 11:38PM

    Wow - you are an inspiration as usual! I thought about you today as the recumbent bikes were taken at the gym and I had to ride an upright stationary bike. Ouch! I persevered though and used muscles I hadn't felt in a long time. Maybe the next stop is a real outdoor bike (sticking to the trails though...)
Stay cool!
Joanne

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LADYGWEN25 7/26/2010 10:23AM

    wow.. that much mileage in this heat... i'd fall off the bike.... Kudo's for you for keeping up the workouts while you're away! emoticon

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GRACEFULIFE 7/25/2010 11:48PM

    Nice, a few more fitness minutes on something new. Keep rocking it out, Don!

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SASSYCHRIS1952 7/25/2010 10:51AM

    Yes, Don, Philly had record-breaking temps, ugh. I called my dad and stepmom (they live there) to make sure they are ok (they are). I hope your mentor did ok and has plenty of H2O. Sounds like you had a very good workout in spite of this heat! Keep up the good work emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Elliptical Wobbly & Thoughts on a Hot Summer's Day

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Staying over in Philadelphia tonight and while my DW is at our future daughter-in-law's wedding shower I'm taking advantage of the fitness facilities here at the hotel. Originally I was going to bring my bike and Nordic Poles and check out PennyPack Trail, which sounds very nice, BUT record-breaking heat sorta changed my mind and has me indoors sweating like crazy nonetheless in the fitness center, but at least I know it's by choice and I can shower off and be cool again.

I started with the elliptical or my nickname (borrowed from my 100+ team) the "Evil E!" I really enjoy using the elliptical whenever I stay anywhere that has one as I don't have any steady access to it and it feels like it works a whole different set of muscles from the treadmill or cycling.

But THIS elliptical was QUITE merciless and although I had intended to put in 30 minutes on it I almost CRAWLED off of it at 28 mins. as my legs were so wobbly! Took all I had to stay on my two feet to get to a bench to sit and stretch! Whew! I've been on ellipticals for 60 mins. before, but there was something about the positioning of the feet on this one that REALLY got my quads!

After a break I did my ST with dumb bells...one set, then a fast & furious stationary bike for 12 mins. then the 2nd set of ST and then 45 mins. on the treadmill.

Nice workout that had me totally dripping wet as if I had been out in the 100 degree weather!

Speaking of which I can't help on such a terribly hot summer's day to give pause to think about the vast quantities of carbon we all consume simply to keep cool on a day like this. Burning up the coal to keep us cool, yet sending the ash and gases up into the air that will trap yet even more heat and cause us to burn even more as the A/C use continues.

One would think with ALL the technological wizardry us humans have demonstrated that there would be SOME way to provide a sustainable, renewable means of energy...? In the meantime I like to try my best to minimize my carbon footprint whenever I can.

There's just not enough Earth to go around...!

Take care everyone and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

For some Saturday night fun, here's a little dancin' music to move your feet like they did mine on my way back to my room from the fitness center!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CrHXnnyBrg

(Paul Simon - All Around the World)

Don

  
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HAPPYMOM8 7/25/2010 7:17PM

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FERRETLOVER1 7/25/2010 7:58AM

    I simply don't know how you do it, Don!!

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RAINBOWFALLS 7/25/2010 7:07AM

    Great workout and great idea to change things up a bit. I hope your quads are kind to you today.

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FRECKS96 7/24/2010 9:40PM

    Good (and timely) reminder Don. Something we could probably all stand to think more about. Glad you enjoyed your workout, even if you will be feeling it in the morning! I'll probably give the machines another chance someday, but for now I'll stick with my DVDs and the great outdoors!

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God's Country and Beyond!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Today's ride was through some of the most BEAUTIFUL country! We started in the Cannonsville Reservoir, which for those who may not know, is one of several reservoirs in upstate NY which has been set up to gather water to meet the needs of the residents of New York City. Like a giant water cooler, only Nature's version, with a helping hand from people who designed and shaped it.

Here is a pic of the reservoir:


Here is a link to my saved Fitness Map of the ride:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
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Supposedly someone's Garmin clocked this ride @ 66 miles...some difference with Fitness Maps tallying up 47 miles! Go figure! I'm going with the upper number because it SURE FELT LIKE IT!

Beers Brook Road

Sounds like such a harmless enough name, eh?

5 miles of solid uphill climbing and YES, I WALKED! :-)

There was no way I would kill myself going up this hill only to have the majority of the ride yet still ahead of me...WHEW! It was challenging enough on it's own!

The fun part was riding down the hills into Downsville on Route 206...didn't reach the upper 50 mph as they had before, but we were around 48 mph...yee hah! No brakes, just fast and furious FUN! For once gravity was my FRIEND instead of FOE!

In Downsville we ate at the Old Schoolhouse Restaurant, a very nicely done-up place in the hunter-woodsman motif with stuffed, mounted animals EVERYWHERE!


I had a spinach salad with grilled chicken on top...yum!

This is the view out the back side of the restaurant looking WAY up the mountainside from down in the valley where we were...awfully pleased not to climb THAT ONE!:


Here are a few of us outside the restaurant with our bikes:


A pic of the road ahead:


I have to admit toward the end of our trek mightily feeling the fatigue and worse, my dorkey shorts weren't doing the best in protecting my backside...yeouch! I began standing on the pedals so much my legs were getting wobbly! A couple of the bike club members were kind enough to wait for me to straggle along...hadn't even realized it as I was busy snapping pics near the end of the ride realizing, "hey, I don't have but hardly ANY pics!" I was pleased to find out that they don't let anyone bike alone on these rides...make sure we all come home to roost! :-)

Wrapped up feeling pleasantly exhausted and treated myself to a soak in the tub tonight...something I do only a handful of times a year!

Hope everyone had a WONDERFUL weekend and here's to a SPARKIN' week ahead!

Don




  
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AZIMAT 7/24/2010 5:18PM

    Wow! Good for you. Those hills on a bike are a huge challenge. You should be proud of yourself.

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JESPAH 7/22/2010 12:44PM

    Wow Don you are a hero for doing all that.

What an amazing time it sounds like. And I get the feeling you're gonna do it again.

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SATYAGRAHA 7/20/2010 6:22AM

    Woohoo! Looks like a great time!

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JEAN_W 7/20/2010 5:01AM

    Aren't your dorky shorts padded on the backside? I know I've seen padded bike shorts. What a beautiful and long ride.

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TEAMAEGIS 7/19/2010 10:08PM

    What a challenging ride we had! HILLY, headwinds, heat, distance, and speed over BEAUTIFUL terrain!

Don... as I mentioned to you earlier, you are a great rider. The "fast kids" showed up for this ride, and you stayed with them for most of the 66 hilly hilly miles. Sweet... As usual, I led from the rear, finishing up (no doubt) at least 1/2 hour behind everyone else. But finish I did...

GREAT ride, and glad you came along. Imagine... just a few years ago was this even a possibility?

Ride on Don!

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LUREAH21 7/19/2010 10:13AM

    Awesome and Beautiful!! emoticon

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LADYGWEN25 7/19/2010 9:10AM

    looks like a beautiful place to ride! i can't wait until i can get to that point both fitness wise and with confidence on the bike... Keep Sparking Don! you motivate me to move forward and conquer my fears!

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FRECKS96 7/19/2010 7:11AM

    So glad you got to enjoy your ride. Sounds like it was a success, even if you are a bit sore today. Don't forget to rest yourself and you'll be ready for that 100 miler in no time!

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FERRETLOVER1 7/19/2010 6:52AM

    Wow - what a beautiful place to ride!

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GRACEFULIFE 7/19/2010 6:40AM

    Wow, yeah beautiful areas to ride and great job for pulling through such a ride! emoticon

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SASSYCHRIS1952 7/19/2010 2:15AM

    Beautiful scenery!

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 7/18/2010 11:53PM

    Great fun to read about your latest biking adventure, and whether it was 47 or 66 miles, you ROCK!

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Back In The Saddle Again...!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Hey, blame LUCYSUNFLOWER for my groaner blog title...lol!

I FINALLY was able to slow down enough to speed up on my bike today to / from work! And I was pleased with how good my legs felt pedaling. My right knee, shin is still a tad sore, but only when I bend it 90 degrees or more, which I tend not to do when biking due to the degree of my leg extension. Or when I bump it getting in / out of the car...argh!

Got home from work and figured if I'm gonna be cruisin' through the Catskill Mountains this weekend I'd better get the lawn done tonight. Pulled out the ol' hand-powered reel mower, put on my mp3 player and whizzed through 90 minutes of mowing in what felt like 90 degrees, 90% humidity with swarms of little bugs buzzing about my head. What a drippy mess I was when I finished!

But it was DONE!

Now: Let the weekend BEGIN! Look out Bear Spring Mountain, here I come!

Hoping to get out for a little more biking tomorrow to prepare for the BIG ride on Sunday when the weather promises to be a balmy 87 degrees with lots of sunshine! Yee hah! :-)

I'm psyching myself up for whatever comes my way. Lots of walking, maybe even giving up and not completing the whole ride. But I'm planning to give this 64 mile ride my very BEST!

Don

  
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GR8CATSBY 7/17/2010 7:20PM

    Have a wonderful time!!!! (Stay cool - ha ha ha...)

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PKTREKGIRL 7/17/2010 4:06PM

    Well, after that lawn mowing experience, the weekend can only go up from there!

Hope you are enjoying the day right now...and that you have a great long ride tomorrow!

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FATROCKSTAR 7/17/2010 10:36AM

    You are awesome-keep up the good work! Normandy

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OUTDOORGIRL69 7/17/2010 10:15AM

    emoticon Have fun.

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BEARDMUSIC 7/17/2010 10:08AM

    Enjoy yourself tomorrow. You've worked hard to get to this point!

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FERRETLOVER1 7/17/2010 8:12AM

    I know you wouldn't be down for long, Don!!

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CARRIE1948 7/17/2010 7:09AM

    Good luck.

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RAINBOWFALLS 7/17/2010 7:06AM

    Best of luck to you. I'm sure you will do amazing!

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JESPAH 7/17/2010 5:58AM

    Have the greatest time! :)

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XENA1956 7/17/2010 1:08AM

    Best of luck on your ride. I hope you make it the whole way, wait I know you can do it. Your one tough cookie. emoticon
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Bike Fixed, Body Needs A Little Time...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Off to the bike shop at lunchtime...one of the Shimano gear-shifters got jammed pretty hard with dirt & grit getting into it and boogering it up some. They worked it out so that it's pretty close to 100% fine. Straightened out the wheel and fender. Some chunks of the rubberized handlebars got scraped out. But all appears well and running smoothly. No charge either! One of the perks of paying for a higher-priced bike from your friendly neighborhood bike shop! :-)

Just wish the same could be said for Yours Truly! Right leg is very stiff at the knee and there's another goose-egg on my hip as well.

All of this makes me a little nervous about the big ride I want to nail on Sunday. Whenever I push myself to the next level there's always a degree of self-questioning: Am I REALLY up for this...? There was even a little of that on Sunday when I clocked all those miles. Pushing through the envelope and proving myself capable is part of the thrill of moving forward.

But there is always a part of me that has a little niggling doubt. These aches & pains aren't doing much for my confidence!

Going to do a lot of stretching to work this out because I really REALLY want to nail this ride!!

I want to balance the following thoughts:

We are all capable of much more than we think we are.

vs.

Pushing myself to a point of doing harm to my body.

Don

  
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CCKELLY3 7/16/2010 11:45PM

    I wish I had better advice to give you, but this is my current lesson to work on as well. I tend to push to hard & not listen well enough to hear the subtle signals...so for years the universe responded by hitting me over the head with signals as subtle as a freight train derailment. Sigh.

All I can say is that it's really a major accomplishment that you recognize where you are and that you're honest and doing your best to address it. You're going to err on either side, probably often and probably for a lot longer than you, or anyone in our boat, would accept if we really knew it. So I suppose that's the grace in not knowing, but trusting yourself, and all the new skills you've developed on this journey, to ultimately get you there. So trust the process, trust yourself, and it will come.

Until then, as long as you don't do yourself major damage or injury, try to accept that the progress you are making is amazing, and many, many people will never have the strength you already do. Good job!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/15/2010 11:10AM

    You will certainly NAIL your upcoming bike ride, listen to your body. Enjoy. emoticon

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LUREAH21 7/15/2010 9:22AM

    OUCH! Sorry to hear about your spill, glad you're okay though. Hope all your aches and pains disappear before the big day.

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LADYGWEN25 7/15/2010 8:46AM

    hope you're feeling better soon Don.. i agree with Julie... my thought always run towards more the what if??? I don't want to ever think.. WHat if i HAD tried to push more... Sometimes the risk does outweigh and danger.... keep up the good work! Maybe we'll be biking together soon... :)

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KMATIS 7/15/2010 8:14AM

    Your stamina is amazing--a true testament to what we can accomplish if we work hard. Keep up the good work! Good luck with the knee.

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RAINBOWFALLS 7/14/2010 11:21AM

    I know you can do it, you have that determiniation that so many don't have! emoticon

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GRACEFULIFE 7/14/2010 7:48AM

    Definitely don't hurt yourself! But don't be afraid to push. I ran SAG for a large biking event quite a while ago and it was one of the most boring things ever. No one needed help at all. It would have been much more interesting had someone actually used our services.


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FERRETLOVER1 7/14/2010 7:15AM

    Hopefully, by the time you do your ride, you will feel better. I know what you mean about aches & pains - seems like they happen more and more, doesn't it?

Do what feels right to you - if you are still really hurting, shorten your ride.

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JEAN_W 7/13/2010 10:51PM

    I know what you mean about balancing those thoughts. My husband loved to run. He can't anymore because of his knees and shredded achilles tendons. It occurred to me he might have avoided these injuries if he'd consulted a sports medicine specialist. Had you thought about doing that? I'm not sure what it's called, but someone who could look at how you move, see where your body is now in terms of damage already done, and suggest stretches and exercises that might help you avoid injuries.

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GR8CATSBY 7/13/2010 9:26PM

    Be careful not to push too hard... You don't want to wear out your knees or other body parts by not giving your muscles enough time to adjust to increased mileage, etc. Then biking won't be fun anymore. :-(
But do SOME pushing, absolutely!!!!
And I hope your body heals soon from the fall. Ouch!
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LUCYSUNFLOWER 7/13/2010 9:19PM

    I'm glad to hear the bike has healed - I hope you do as quickly!

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FRECKS96 7/13/2010 9:12PM

    Glad to hear the bike is back. Hope you feel recovered enough to tackle your big ride on Sunday. I know what you mean about weighing the risk/benefit ratio-I do it often with my running. Hope you go for it!

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