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Dorky Shorts Rides Again! :-)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Put on the ol' dorky shorts (yep, those padded spandex things are under my regular shorts...lol ) and headed out with a few bike club members for WONDERFUL 42 mile ride from Binghamton to Owego and back today.

It had been too, too long since I'd been out on my bike...guesstimating about a month...! Riding that single-speed beach cruiser in Savannah had me SO appreciating the kind of bonding one develops with one's bike...knowing how it will respond to my pedaling, gear-shifting, etc. Similar to the bond one develops with a musical instrument. I can play any guitar, but it's different when it's MY guitar! I imagine the bond between a horse and rider must be even tighter!

As gloriously sunny as it was I don't believe it ever hit 60. The warmest temp I saw during the ride was 56 and by the time we returned around 4:15 it had already dropped to 49.

So I wondered what to wear...for a teensy bit and then I just said, "Heck you KNOW you're just gonna shed anything that you wear beyond your standard shorts and T-shirt...!" So that's what I wore. And it was just FINE! A little brisk, but I tell ya, those first miles were so sweet and SO pumped up! I zoomed way ahead of the others. Free at last! Woo hoo! Any chill that was noticeable at first was just vaporized!

Felt a little weird shoving this orange-sized (formerly grapefruit-sized) hematoma on my hip into my dorky shorts, but I think it helped to stabilize it...at least for a while. Later it had this irritating tendency to kinda slosh or flop around as I peddled. But it didn't hurt, nor did my right ankle / shin where the cellulitis is. Now as I sit here typing the ankle is saying "okay let's put me up for the night already!"

Owego is a very pleasant little artsy village and today it was just BUZZING with people up & down the street window shopping and soaking up the sunshine. Across the street were some high school band students playing Christmas songs. While I STILL feel this is rushing the season a bit, it was a nice touch:



We walked about town and courtesy of another bike club member I discovered the lovely RiverWalk that had been built a few years ago along the backside of the downtown buildings:



These are the kind of improvements to our cities and villages that inspires people to get out of their homes and walk, jog, bike, skateboard, whatever and enjoy the company of others doing the same. People are more connected to nature, others and themselves! In my opinion there just can't be ENOUGH of these kind of projects!

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All in all it was a perfect day for a ride that was the perfect distance, terrain and company!

Flying HIGH AGAIN! Woo Hoo!

I wish RUNNING could make me feel this good...! Lol!

Everybody enjoy the rest of your weekend, rest, recharge and SPARK anew!

Don

ps...earlier in my cycling resurgence I was bemoaning the need for cycling shorts as I'd never needed them before...well a fellow member gave a good-humored poke by referring to a Dilbert comic where cycling shorts were referred to as "dorky shorts"...to which I heartily agreed! Still do, sorta, but necessary nonetheless...lol!

  
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APPYMORGAN 12/4/2010 11:53PM

    Sounds like a wonderful time. I am currently researching bikes for commute, although it looks like I will be getting a hand-me-down from my mom that is an old style touring bike. It should be great for commuting, but if I get fit enough to do a sprint Triathlon I might be laughed off the course (until I finish in the ribbons, LOL).
I'LL need some donkey shorts too.
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VALERIEMAHA 11/15/2010 9:33AM

    Amazingly wonderful recounting of a terrifically life-affirming experience, Don! Hope your physical ow-ies resolve quickly!
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P.S. Oh, and forgot to mention that You.Look.GREAT!!!

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JESPAH 11/15/2010 8:08AM

    I searched in vain for a Youtube of the scene in Sixteen Candles.

Samantha: Everybody thinks I'm a dork.
Her dad: I don't think you're a dork. Mom doesn't think you're a dork.
Samantha: Mike thinks I'm a dork.
Her dad: Mike IS a dork.

:)

I don't think you're a dork. :)

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DAVEINSEOUL 11/15/2010 12:09AM

    Sounds like a GREAT ride - thanks for pics.

What I learned riding yesterday, is with the right 'gear', even a cold weather ride can be pleasant.

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CARRIE1948 11/14/2010 1:25PM

    Love Owego

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DDHEART 11/14/2010 9:05AM

    Great! Thanks for taking us along!! Oh, and you are so right. Yesterday on our local news they were discussing how one local community here is planning to get started with their riverwalk project even though there has been so much infighting and controversy....husband and I both immediately responded since we have been to many cities that have gotten the message and enjoyed our visits so much more than we might have.

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LADYGWEN25 11/14/2010 9:05AM

    Sounds like an awesome bike ride! glad you were able to get out and enjoy such a beautiful day!

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FRECKS96 11/14/2010 8:42AM

    It really was an amazing day! I'm so glad you were able to enjoy it on your bike.

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FERRETLOVER1 11/14/2010 7:51AM

    Glad to hear that you're out there riding again. I missed your travelogues, Don!!

You have some wonderful areas to ride in.

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UROPA40 11/14/2010 6:27AM

    Sounds like a great day. I bought a new bike this year to cross train but did not ride more than twice a week. I wish riding a bike could make me feel as good as running does. Maybe if I ever get used to the skinny tires, gears and clip on shoes I will relax and have more fun. Suzy

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DAYHIKER 11/14/2010 6:01AM

    How good to hear you finally got out for a nice bike ride after your busy month! Thanks for posting the pictures--it looks like a lovely little village. I quite agree about the improvements that so many places are making to help people get out into nature. That what made my younger son love living in Europe (it sure wasn't the socialism or the high prices).

Happy Sunday!
Cindy

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COLOURFULME 11/14/2010 4:21AM

    Thank you for your sharing your new bike experience. I am really proud of you how you manage regardless of what to do exercise like you mentioned in your previous blog, Then also love the pictures you take and publish. Thanks again and enjoy your Sunday!

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MIZZSB 11/14/2010 4:10AM

    Don, It looks great and you look great!

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L*I*T*A* 11/14/2010 12:03AM

    how awesome is that!!!
thanks for sharing...........
blessings and hugs...........lita

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XENA1956 11/13/2010 11:50PM

    Just beautiful pictures. Sounds like you had a wonderful time and didn't get too sore either. I wish I could of been there with you. Should I tell ya our weather today was in the upper 70's, opps I did. Oh well I have lived in S.CA my whole life, if not for all the people, traffic and tourists I would love it. LOL Teri emoticon

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OUTDOORGIRL69 11/13/2010 10:58PM

    Don.......

It sounds like a perfect day and all the pictures were great. Here it was between 18-32. Much warner where you are. Snowing right now.
You too have a good rest of the weekend.

Ida

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Squeezing in a Workout On the Road

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Checked in and headed down to use the pc in the lobby. Ugh, somone's on it.

Guess "someone" is trying to nudge me about my day on the road without any cardio...so, I start walking / jogging round the perimeter of the hotel for a few rounds until they get off the pc. But I can see this person is a lot like me...still at it after a few loops. It's a chilly 40 degrees (welcome back to the North...lol!) so I figure to really rev myself up I might as well grab my Nordic poles & walkman. Although I felt a bit lame with my lumps & bumps at first, as I limber up I feel better and can move with greater ease. Worked up a nice sweat by the time the pc was free 90 mins. later...lol!

Good to not let a day slip by without my cardio! :-)

Hope everyone is doing well!

Don

  
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COLOURFULME 11/14/2010 4:05AM

    Posted in the wrong blog!

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 11/8/2010 8:02PM

    Don, I want you to know that you were an inspiration to me while I was on vacation for the last several days. While I didn't get in workouts for all the days I was gone, I did get in a workout (even though it was late, even though it would take me from friends) just because I have watched you make your goals a priority even while away.

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EEOSKI 11/8/2010 3:17PM

    Just goes to show "When a door closes, a window opens!" Taking advantage of those "windows" of opportunity are what seem to make all of this work! I have really learned a great deal about filling those "voids" with productive and active options...my house is getting MUCH more organized and now that the cooler weather has FINALLY decided to make itself known again here, in Florida, my garden is looking pretty chipper as well!
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ZELLAZM 11/7/2010 12:37PM

    AMEN!

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L*I*T*A* 11/5/2010 11:19AM

    what a great adventure!!!
safe travels to you..........
blessings and hugs.......lita

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CHANGE4FIT 11/5/2010 10:19AM

    What a great reminder about answering opportunities' knock instead of using it as an excuse! Thanks for sharing and being a great example!
PJ

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DAYHIKER 11/5/2010 8:44AM

    Now aren't you glad that the other fellow was "hogging" the PC? You did a great job of working out while you were waiting! emoticon I agree with Jespah...learning to use waiting time well lends contentment to our lives.

Have a great day!
Cindy

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RAINBOWFALLS 11/5/2010 7:50AM

    Great Job Don! Travel safe.

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CARRIE1948 11/5/2010 7:50AM

    Good for you!

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JESPAH 11/5/2010 6:25AM

    Making use of waiting time is one of the secrets of a happy life, I feel.

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COLOURFULME 11/5/2010 2:28AM

    That is called dedication, persistance, consistency and so on. Good for you!!! emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 11/5/2010 2:12AM

    Rub it in!
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P.S. You're an addict (in a good way, of course)!

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Tybee: Take Two!

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Well I suppose most of you could have predicted that tethering myself to stop-n-go downtown traffic was something I wouldn't tolerate without SOME time out on the open road!

So I set out this morning for Tybee Island!

It was great to see the Savannah Lowlands up close and personal...long stretches of waterways and marshy tall grass from which the herons leap and take flight! It was a gray, overcast morning, but no rain as had been predicted.

Pedaling 20+ miles on this single speed wonder had my legs just a-whizzing...lol! I felt a teensy bit foolish for tackling such a thing, but O the RELIEF of getting my Open Road FIX! :-)

Although it hadn't rained overnight there were a few large puddles here and there which put a nice, fenderless black stripe up my back...but heck when you're biking the breeze dries you off pretty quickly!

An annoyance: found a LARGE puddle, however beside it was a sidewalk which was high enough to be dry. Cool! Just hop up on the sidewalk...cruising along when a big SEMI comes along and WHOOSH! Douses me a good one! Back to the mobile clothes-drying business...! :-)

I made the mistake of taking a diversion down to River Street to see the ferries and tugboats. Mistake because of the cobblestone / brick streets rattling my brains out. Double mistake as I had attempted to move to a paved portion of the street but made the poor decision to cross the old-time trolley tracks which had other plans for my tires and promptly dumped me on the street...oof! Lumps, bumps, road rash and damaged pride, but otherwise no worse for wear. Got back on the bike later today and had to smile as although I'm a bit sore walking, getting in & out of cars...on the bike? No pain whatsoever...lol! Anyhow...this is only my 2nd tumble since reclaiming bicycling over the past few years...not TOO shabby considering the miles I must be racking up! Cruised a bit around town taking in all the old historic homes, church's and establishments...really quite the amazing city, Savannah, just filled with parks and squares and dripping, oozing history everywhere one turns!

Tomorrow we set sail and are northward bound!

Catch up with pics when I can!

Don

PS...belatedly adding this neat video shared on YouTube:

Thoughts On My Bike

www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDqUKj1GwJY

  
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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/5/2010 12:33PM

    oh man. They had single speed bikes available at the condo I rented on Hilton Head one year with my sister and her husband. I hated those bikes.

I honestly think the worst part was the pedal brakes. It felt just so unsafe to me. And the fact that I didn't have a helmet on because they didn't come with them.

Stuff like that is enough to make me consider investing in a folding bike!

LOL

Glad to hear you're enjoying yourself. I've read about Tybee Island. The culture etc. in that area is fascinating.

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CHANGE4FIT 11/4/2010 11:22PM

    Safe travels and hope your bike adventure injuries heal quickly. Sounds like you won't let them hold you back!

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JCORYCMA 11/4/2010 2:51PM

    My sister used to live on Tybee Island back in the 70's. I visited her and found it beautiful as was Savannah! I bet if I went there now, I would recognize it. Thanks as always for a wonderful blog!

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JESPAH 11/4/2010 6:48AM

    Ouch, my padding hurts just thinkin' about it.

Yer a bike-ridin' foo'!

Which is verra lovable. :)

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L*I*T*A* 11/3/2010 11:27PM

    love your adventures on your bike!!!
thanks for sharing...........
blessings and hugs..........lita

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VALERIEMAHA 11/3/2010 9:35PM

    Like we say here, Don...you're too much for JEEEEEEEEE-sus! And that's the gospel truth!!!
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DAYHIKER 11/3/2010 8:52PM

    Oh, wow! What an adventure! I had to laugh at the truck splash after your careful avoidance of the giant puddle! Isn't that always the way it goes! Glad you were able to get your open road fix!!

Happy trails SparkFriend!
Cindy

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OUTDOORGIRL69 11/3/2010 8:42PM

    Don

Sure sounds like you had a great time even with all the mishaps. Love reading your Blogs every day.

Ida

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Life is Simple...

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Had fun riding around Savannah today on one of the trolley tours. Rented a bike from one of the shops today and realized how SPOILED I've been with my own bicycle: they would only rent single-speed clunkers with HUGE tires and handlebars spreading out so far I felt like I was riding a BOAT down the avenues...! I had hoped to be able to take it out on trails, etc. however the bike shop was very cautious and advised me against taking the bike anywhere but downtown: pedal pedal STOP, pedal pedal STOP, pedal pedal STOP! Ah well, at least it's a bike and can stave off total withdrawal conniption fits...lol!

While on the trolley tour I saw a logo on a hotel's billboard (not the one where we stayed) and realized I checked into the wrong hotel! It read:

Life is simple:

Eat.

Sleep.

Cycle!

My new motto! :-)

Keep on Sparkin' everyone!

Don

ps...can't upload pics while away from home...will fill you all in later!

  
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CHANGE4FIT 11/3/2010 10:50AM

    Ah, a beach cruiser. Savannah, what a beautiful place! Can't wait to see your pics. emoticon
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COLOURFULME 11/3/2010 1:42AM

    Yes those are the tyipical rental bikes.....
Well you did get your daily minutes in although probably not at the pace/spead you are used.
Have a nice day!

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DAYHIKER 11/2/2010 10:45PM

    Ouch on the clunker bike! Glad you were able to stave off the withdrawal a bit at least. LOVE your new motto!! emoticon

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Cindy in Indiana

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XENA1956 11/2/2010 10:37PM

    Yeah you are having a great time. Too bad you didn't know about that other place b/4 you visited. Next time you can bring you own bike?? Looking forward to seeing the pictures too. DH and I leave to Las Vegas tomorrow for 3 nights, should be fun!

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OUTDOORGIRL69 11/2/2010 9:16PM

    Don....

Glad that you are having fun. I know that you can't wait till you get home to get back on your own bike.

Have fun till you get back.

Ida

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L*I*T*A* 11/2/2010 8:58PM

    love your new motto.........
can't wait to see your pictures......
safe home.....
blessings and hugs...........lita

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Midnight Workout...?!?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Today was a soggy day to visit Atlanta. As I'd been to the Aquarium earlier this year and I wasn't about to PAY good money to tour the Coca Cola building, I had hoped to get some serious Nordic Walking in around the Olympic Square in Atlanta...site of the former summer Olympics. However it poured and poured! Finally it let up enough for me to get out for a while, but started raining again.

By the time we picked up our family friend at the airport and returned to the hotel it was heading for midnight and after I got things settled in for the night it was after midnight.

But I just COULDN'T let a day pass in which I didn't at least make SOME use of the exercise equipment...! :-)

So I head down to do a shorter workout, 30 mins. each on the eilliptical and the recumbent stationary bike.

I was alone when I started but pleasantly surprised to have a couple other fellows join the fun during my workouts. Guess I'm not the ONLY one to run out of time for a workout at a decent time of day...lol!

Onward for more wedding preparations and visiting with folks as they arrive!

Sending out wishes for a SPARKIN' week to EVERYONE!

Don

  
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OUTDOORGIRL69 11/1/2010 11:03PM

    Glad that you got your exercising in. That is something I would do.

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ZELLAZM 10/29/2010 11:26AM

    BTDT with the midnight workouts! Just gotta get my 30 minutes minimum a day! But I don't usually have company...glad you did. Enjoy the weekend and the big event!

Michelle

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CHANGE4FIT 10/29/2010 10:15AM

    That is what I call commitment! Have fun in Hotlanta! Great town.
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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 10/28/2010 11:05AM

    Don, this really reminds me of myself in the past. I'd get to the end of the day, not having worked out and would refuse to let myself go to bed until I'd done something. Of course, you know how it goes, once you start, you get into it. Still, those REALLY late workouts felt kind of silly, but I was always glad I didn't let myself lose sight of my goal. Good for you for getting it done! I hope it dries up for you.

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FRECKS96 10/28/2010 9:10AM

    Wow! Glad you enjoyed your late night workout. I would do that-IF I knew I could sleep in the next day. Otherwise I like to have it in by 9pm.

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L*I*T*A* 10/28/2010 8:59AM

    way to go...........
enjoy the wedding and all it entails....
blessings and hugs...........lita

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DAYHIKER 10/28/2010 8:17AM

    Congratulations on your dedication! It's great to be "addicted" to exercise!! I hope to get back to that one of these days and it's already better! Enjoy your family--what a great time of blessing for you all!

Cindy

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FERRETLOVER1 10/28/2010 7:25AM

    Wow - you are one dedicated man!!

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CARRIE1948 10/28/2010 7:12AM

    Not quite sure how you sleep after that, but you know your body better than anyone.

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JESPAH 10/28/2010 7:06AM

    Yep, you can't leave it alone either.

Good on ya. :)

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COLOURFULME 10/28/2010 3:27AM

    Now that is called determination!
Way to go!

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