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How To Ride To A 100...!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I've been SO enjoying a book I got a few weeks ago:

Bike For Life: How To Ride To A 100 (meaning How to Bike a 100 miles when you're 100 years old!)

It's filled with some AMAZING stories and best of all filled with the sheer & unmitigated JOY of biking! The two galoots who wrote it clearly are into biking as a life experience. Not so much for the SPEED but for the feeling of freedom and excitement that goes with being out on the open road!

Their companion website has a photo gallery of their travels which is just FILLED with LIFE and SMILES, check out the slideshow from 1979 to the present:


There are many interviews with big names in the cycling sport and industry. I found it so fascinating that Johnny G, the originator of Spinning, who approaches Spinning with an almost mystical, spiritual DJ routine as the Spinning Coach, sharing that after a number of years he discovered that he stuggles with BiPolar Manic disorder...no WONDER he could push himself to a state of deliuium...!

One of the authors shared a harrowing story of a continuous biking expedition through the mountains of 24+ hours nonstop biking in which they're hurtling down the mountainside and the one discovers that the other is dozing off while on his cycle and screaming at him so that he stays awake: "Wake up! Wake up or you're gonna DIE!"

Crazy antics that while fascinating to read, have absolutely NO appeal to me...! :-)

So I've found my new WAY long term goal:

To Bike 100 miles when I'm 100 years old!

Woo hoo! :-)


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RHYNIC 4/8/2011 5:01PM

    Hehe - I don't think I can take on that goal. I don't expect I will live that long. But if I do live that long I just might go watch you complete your goal. What date do I pencil you in? Hehe

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_VALEO_ 9/23/2010 4:08AM

    Thanks for sharing the slideshow, I love it!

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MSAGER2 9/22/2010 4:17PM

    Go You. So far this week I have biked 30 miles on the exercise bike at the gym.

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SIRIRADHA 9/22/2010 10:10AM

    I really am going to have to look for that book! I don't think I'll ever be one of those long-distance riders, but I am so impressed with people who keep on keeping on as they age.

I'm about to write a small blog about my new biking buddy. It sort of fits with that idea.

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CARRIE1948 9/22/2010 6:43AM

    Great goal

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ZELLAZM 9/22/2010 5:59AM

    Crazy but in a good way - love the long, long term goal idea. You've got me thinking now...

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L*I*T*A* 9/21/2010 11:30PM

    awesome progress!!!
way to go.........
blessings and hugs...........lita

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DARK_CINDERELLA 9/21/2010 10:36PM

    Every time I read your blogs, I am always reminded of a friend of mine up in Newark Valley....... Anyways, I am so encouraged and inspired by your progress! Keep it up!

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Not much time for blogging these days, as have been preoccupied and focused on preparations for my first century+ bike ride this upcoming weekend.

I hope to complete the City to Shore Ride for Multiple Sclerosis and with my Team Captain we're planning to ride 100 miles on Sat. from Cherry Hill, NJ to Ocean City, NJ and another 75 miles on Sun. returning to Cherry Hill.

We had our crash course in changing flat tires yesterday...courtesy of a wonderful fellow from our local bike club. He patiently provided guidance as we'd deflate, disassemble, reassemble, re-inflate bike tires over & over again. Feeling like I can handle that if it comes up...might fumble a bit, but I think I'd get the job done! Bringing my bike into the shop for a good look-over, tune-up on Weds.

These are total miles I have yet to see myself accomplish within such a time frame. While I *think* I can do this and I'm setting out to give it my best shot, I'm very nervous, anxious, excited over balancing "giving it my best" yet not overstepping my capabilities or beating myself up if I fall short of doing the WHOLE thing.

Going to do my best to keep my bike legs under me throughout the week by riding to work and other places every day if I can.

I got a carrier for the back rack on my bike and plan to take a camera along for pics.

Leaving Friday to settle in for the EARLY start on Sat. morning. Departure is at 6 a.m. We'll have 10 hours to complete the 100 miles. It all sounds "do-able" but I can be all-too-good in worrying and driving myself crazy...lol!

Once I hit the road I think my bike will be my best medicine!

Stay tuned!


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_VALEO_ 9/23/2010 4:11AM

    It sounds crazy, but how exciting!

I'm sure you can do it... and after this crash course, you're all set! :)

Good luck, and enjoy your ride!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/21/2010 9:31PM

    Wow. 175 miles in 2 days. My legs hurt just thinking about it...

(Yes, they have their own little brains and they think. They TALK, too, when I'm using them too much. On the AIDS ride they were yelling at me so loudly near the end I wished I had earplugs. LOL)

Go, Don!

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SONGBUDDHA 9/21/2010 8:29PM

    To quote Yoda, "there is no try".
To quote me, "have fun!"

it is an amazing challenge to yourself. way to go!


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DLPHNLVR97 9/21/2010 7:59PM

    Good luck Don!

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ZELLAZM 9/21/2010 3:40PM

    I for one have no doubt that you can do the full 100 in 10 hours! Rock it!

Michelle...who is just thinking about/amazed at how far you've come in the past three years!

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LADYGWEN25 9/21/2010 9:05AM

    Hope you have a great time! the ride is an impressive one. Looking forward to the pics you'll have.

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FERRETLOVER1 9/21/2010 7:16AM

    Have a great time - you will do great!!!!!!!

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FRECKS96 9/21/2010 6:24AM

    Good Luck Don!!! I'll be thinking about you this weekend. You'll have a blast!

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CARRIE1948 9/21/2010 6:01AM

    Best of luck. You'll be exhausted and exhilarated when you finish.

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GRACEFULIFE 9/21/2010 1:13AM

    That'll be a great weekend, and if you are getting your bike emergency skills down that's excellent. Go knock the miles down!

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XENA1956 9/20/2010 11:23PM

    I know UR going to do a fantastic job. Can't wait to see some pictures of the adventure. You R emoticon. Peace and safe trip.

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SUZIAND 9/20/2010 11:15PM

    Oh man....Don...of COURSE you can do it!!! You are one of the most determined, strongest people I know!!!

175 miles aint got nothing on you!!!

Best of luck!!

Suz : )

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VALERIEMAHA 9/20/2010 11:00PM

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SO EXCITING! With you in spirit, Don! May the Force be with you!!!
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Slipping Off the Interstate Into Quieter Times Gone By...

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Many people live nearby a road such as the one I cycled today...Route 7 used to be a major highway between Binghamton and Albany. However years ago Interstate 88 was put in to be a speedier major spoke for our travel through the Northeast.

Today I had the pleasure of traveling up Route 7 from Binghamton to Oneonta and discovered that:

---I had the road almost ALL to myself! Everyone was traveling the Interstate! Woo Hoo!

---Route 7 was somtimes like a parallel universe, traveling back into time where diners are the rule and fast food is the exception. I discovered the little burg of Unadilla has a live, functioning drive-in theater! A place where Nooks were what lovers found in each other and Kindled flames of romance, rather than to get lost in a myriad of yet more gadgets. Produce stands filled with fresh fruits and veggies grown in back yards with a trusting coffee can for customers to drop their payment. Backyard barbeques wafted out to the road for me to enjoy the aroma of family gatherings...

---There were pleasant surprises such as innovative manufacturers of solar powered equipment and biomass pellets for pellet stoves.

---The towns that used to have a bar or tavern every other block have replaced them with Ice Cream Shops...ugh! Trading one vice for another...lol! and can someone explain why was it during our travels down in the HOT SOUTH of this country other than the occasional DQ, there were next to NO ice cream shops...? Is this a northern phenomenon...?

Although a little cloudy at times and a cool high-60's, it was SUCH a pleasant day for a 56 mile road trip on my bike!

The weather taking such a turn during Labor Day weekend really makes it feel like summer is all but over...which I plan to fight tooth and nail...! Some Labor Days feel like just a teensy speed bump to a summer which still has a lot of life left...sadly this year it just doesn't have that feeling. I hope I'm SO WRONG! :-)

So hey, if you live nearby a road like Route 7 and haven't traveled it in a while take a break and walk, jog, bike or even a ride in your car and surprise yourself with a little time travel down the memory lane in YOUR neighborhood!

Have a super Labor Day weekend everyone!


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_VALEO_ 9/23/2010 4:20AM

    Oh, it is funny that you mention Route 7. Seems like every country has its "Route 7."

We have our "Nationale 7," --not so many take it anymore because we now have a highway to go the south of France. Nationale 7 is as you describe your Route 7: "a parallel universe, traveling back into time." There is even an old song about this road.

Glad you enjoyed it! Now I want to take our Nationale 7, and head for the South!

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WXNESS 9/13/2010 11:21PM

    Ooo I'll have to check that out. I'm not up for that long of a ride yet, but maybe someday in the car. As for the ice cream shops...I've wondered the same thing. My doctor said that ice cream tends to be the number one comfort food, and people tend to go for it when they're depressed...and the winter tends to make people depressed. Who knows if that is right but its a thought.

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JCORYCMA 9/8/2010 11:09PM

    Great blog, Don! Im off tomorrow and think I'll go exploring!!

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VALERIEMAHA 9/8/2010 10:26PM

    That sounds absolutely heavenly. Did you do it alone? I love the "blue highways" for biking or road-tripping!

Thanks for the fabulous descriptions!

Blessed be!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/7/2010 3:20PM

    I had a good weekend too...

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LUCYSUNFLOWER 9/6/2010 11:15PM

    That sounds like such an appealing and interesting ride! I share your concerns about summer from the other side of the country... soggy and gray here! I'm having summer withdrawals!

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L*I*T*A* 9/6/2010 3:09PM

    back at you with your wishes..........
great to hear about your bike trips...
blessings and hugs............lita

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ZELLAZM 9/6/2010 1:53PM

    Same to you, Don! and a good new week to follow!

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MPONTERIO 9/6/2010 12:58PM

    I have traveled that route by car many times...it is a beautiful trip. Glad you enjoyed the splendor!

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DARK_CINDERELLA 9/6/2010 10:00AM

    Sounds wonderful, Don! So nice to see the trip through your eyes. Thanks for the reminder of simpler days gone by.

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ZESTYLADY 9/6/2010 8:20AM

    I love to hear of your trips. They remind me that there can be another world off the hamster wheel.

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CARRIE1948 9/6/2010 7:35AM

    Sounds like you're really enjoying your bike this year

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FERRETLOVER1 9/6/2010 7:14AM

    It sounds to me like you time-traveled back to when life was so much simpler. I miss those days!

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Wonderful Weekend Outdoors!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The weather this weekend was just PERFECT! Both yesterday and today were so sunny and pleasantly warm!

Yesterday my biking partner (who'll be doing the MS City to Shore ride with me in September) and I headed south into Pennsylvania to Montrose. It was the 2nd time for me, first time for her. We biked down the way that I had previously biked north from Montrose. For some reason the hills REALLY knocked our socks off and by the time we got to Montrose we were shaky about the ride back.

Some cyclists thrive on the challenge of hills.

Maybe in my next lifetime...lol!

Not that I avoid them altogether, and not that I can't become enthralled with the SWOOPING downhill payoff for climbing some hills. But Pennsylvania just threw one too many hills at us on this ride!

But we made it! I had an inspiration along the way which helped tremendously. Southbound we came up to a "Road Closed" detour. On our way home I thought, I wonder if we could shave off some of those terrible hills by NOT taking this detour? If the road is closed, we could always walk the bikes across a little rough road.

So we took a chance and went for it!

As I approached the road work I got nervous: what if it was a bridge that was out and there was no way across...? The road crew had done their level best to block the way with their heavy machinery so you couldn't see whether or not the way was passable. The road was totally removed with just a bed of very coarse gravel. As we began to walk our bikes over the gravel a car pulled up to the edge behind us and a couple got out. I was expecting them to say: "you can't cross that, the bridge is out!"

But, HOORAY! They said, "Hey, should be no problem!"

Either side of the road dropped off sharply into forested canyons and at a few points the machinery stuck right out into the very edge. We stepped through the claws & clutches of these gigantic road machines, hoisting our bikes along. However this only lasted a few hundred feet and we were in the clear.

We couldn't BELIEVE the point to which this road brought us! It was like we stepped through a time warp! Kicked our heels together and had Scottie beam us through! Bypassed the KILLER HILLS! Woo HOO! It's an awesome feeling when taking a risk pays off! :-)

It was a terrific ride home from there! However the miles did wear us down some...totaled 62 miles on this ride! We took in mile after mile of beautiful sights of nature: red-tailed hawks circling overhead, a little hog-nosed snake creeping out onto the shoulder of the road during a water stop. He listened to me and thought better of crossing the road and did an about face, scurrying off into the grassy ditch. Here and there among the high hills and mountains you could see the beginning of fall colors coming to the trees.

Today was a light day...had too much to do at home...big cookathon to get ready for the week ahead!

But I had fun biking to our local MAJOR cycling / running event:



I visited with some fellow bike club members as they had a tent set up at the event and also met up with one of our local SparkPeople members FRECKS96 who had just finished her FASTEST 5K run YET! Unfortunately I was too late to have seen the race.

Then I joined with others as we saw the men's final bike race. Funny thing, in all the years I've lived here I've NEVER seen the Thater bike races!

It is an AMAZING thing to behold, a thicket of 50 or so cyclists whizzing down the street at an incredible speed with only inches between them and the other cyclists around and THEN banking around tight corners and somehow managing not to bump into another cyclist and bringing the whole lot of them down like so many dominoes...!

It's certainly more of a challenge than *I* would ever want to tackle! I'm not into speed records when I cycle...just looking to pack away the miles!

At one point today I pulled up next to a fellow on a motorcycle at an intersection. He said: "Wanna race?"

I said, "Not yet. How about next year?"

He chuckled, gave a hearty thumbs up:

"That's the spirit!"

Have a great week everybody!


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VALERIEMAHA 9/8/2010 10:30PM

    DAMN! You're doing some SERIOUS cycling!!!!!! SIXTY TWO miles is awesome. You must be feeling so strong and content and confident! BTW, what is the wallpaper river?


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WILDCATBUCKEYE 8/31/2010 12:05PM

    That sounds like a great weekend..

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JCORYCMA 8/30/2010 11:14PM

    I came to the right spot for a dose of motivation! Thanks for sharing!

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MPONTERIO 8/30/2010 10:17PM

    Yay for you!! This is so inspiring. I am seriously considering biking...but I am leaning towards the off road kind...like through the trails and state land that surround my home. I am surrounded by scads and scads of state land waiting for me to explore.

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    We have bike races here each year, too. "Thicket" is an apt description. So glad you enjoyed the day and was nourished with humor!

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ZELLAZM 8/30/2010 5:15PM

    I wish you would be a little more enthusiastic, Don.

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JESPAH 8/30/2010 8:47AM

    Wonderful! Maybe next year. ;)

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FRECKS96 8/30/2010 8:26AM

    Thanks for the shout-out!! I really was a lovely weekend and I'm glad you got to take some time to enjoy it. You should definitely consider the recreational ride next year, it's slower paced and no pressure. I'm looking forward to next year's races!

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CARRIE1948 8/30/2010 8:02AM

    Sounds like a lot of fun

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'Millin' the Drearies Away...!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

I have an unfortunate knack for turning good things into bad.

Take cycling. Love it! Can't get enough of it! But: for a variety of reasons, weather, timing, etc. I cannot guarantee myself time on my bike every day of the week.

As a result there are often 3-4 days a week I just don't get on my bike. So what do I do for cardio on those days...?

Earlier in the summer I had been doing well to get out for walks, jogs and Nordic walking. But gradually I'd been letting my cardio go on days when I couldn't bike. Bad news!

And all the while my trusty treadmill has been there right along as my solution for those busy and / or rainy days! All the outdoor outlets, however, have me spoiled and I grew to dread the idea on getting on the treadmill.

Today I decided my 'mill truly HADN'T grown fangs and claws over the summer and got back on it for a nice hour long session of walk / jogging at 4-5 mph on a 10 incline. Worked up a good old sweat and loved re-connecting with my tunes as they take on a whole new life of their own when I hear them while working out.

With the big cycling event coming up in Sept. and my son's wedding in Oct. I have EVERY reason to be psyched up to work out my best abilities...yet I have to admit to having allowed myself to slide this past summer. I'm planning to make the most of the time between now and these oh-SO-important events that lie ahead!

Have a GREAT week ahead everyone!


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ACTIVE_AT_60 8/23/2010 8:05PM

    Like Bobby, I will do anything to avoid my treadmonster. I hate it. I will run outside in all sorts of weather - except when there is ice on the road and pavement. Safety first. In 2007 the baseball home opener was cancelled here - who ran in a foot of snow? No excuse for the cardio - besides - we are hoping to see you in Pittsburgh in March ...

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    You're so insightful to notice those tendencies that I think many of us feel. Still, you're my hero for both honesty and persistence! I'm with you, turn on those tunes and my body almost comes alive despite itself (body memory from easier times?). Congratulations on your son's wedding! That is just the best.


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FERRETLOVER1 8/23/2010 7:06AM

    I cannot accept your comment that you have been slacking off. You are amazing, Don!

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CARRIE1948 8/23/2010 7:02AM

    Keep up the good work

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GRACEFULIFE 8/23/2010 6:43AM

    Slacking? You? Say it isn't so! Anyway, you know what's going on. You know how to fix it. So no problem! It's handled!

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ZELLAZM 8/23/2010 5:54AM

    Summer is good time to change things up...but it's good that you recognized the slight slack-off and have identified some goals to work toward.

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_VALEO_ 8/23/2010 5:13AM

    You're doing great, Don. You have a plan B, and even C here.
You have two big and important landmarks to keep you focus!

Wish you optimimal weather conditions, and good timing to get on your bike!

Biking won't be for me this summer. Yet I have hope to rejoin my Nordic Walking group in September. My physical therapist told me this morning, I should be able to restart slowly mid-september.

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BOBBYD31 8/22/2010 11:38PM

    i give you credit, rain, heat, snow i avoid the dreadmill at all costs. i would rather deal with the elements, i am good between 10-95 so there are not too many conditions that keep me in. not sure how long i will bike in that weather...... but run/walk i am good. more power to you, now get out there and get ready for these big events

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