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Beware the numbers game!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Beware the numbers game!

YES, the numbers can be our best ally as we watch calories and bump up our workouts and watch the scale...

BUT: these ARE only numbers and we have to not lose sight of the forest for the trees.

We're all here working on building a new & healthy LIFESTYLE! Don't forget to stop and smell those new roses we've all been growing for ourselves as we pursue better and better "numbers."

After all, think about this:

When one reaches your goal what numbers will you be watching then? One of the difficult aspects of maintenance once you've reached your goals is that the "numbers" on the scale don't keep dropping. The "numbers" on the tape measure don't keep dropping. The "numbers" on our blood pressure readings, triglycerides & cholesterol...they'll stop dropping too! The "numbers" on the weights we lift or the reps we do don't keep increasing...at least not by the leaps and bounds to which we've grown accustomed. How will you measure your progress and satisfaction then?

I think that illness and injury can help us in preparing for those days by forcing us to take stock of our accomplishments and to savor the SPARKED way of life that we've created for ourselves. With rare exceptions, we all will bounce back from such hurdles. And if we don't quite bounce back to the level we might have previously enjoyed? We can appreciate how our healthy lifestyle has helped us to avoid even MORE serious repercussions and value the skills and abilities we have.

Most of us are giving our workouts the best we can. And just as we tell our children, we need to tell ourselves as well: our best is MORE than good enough!

Don

  
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RANDOMKINDNESS 12/6/2010 6:37PM

  Great blog - so true.

Yet, I must say that after looking at your 'numbers' on your weight tracker ... YOU ROCK dude! emoticon WTG

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FLOWINGWATER 11/26/2010 11:55AM

    As someone who is on maintenance, I have to say that, personally, I still watch the numbers. I still weigh myself daily, and I still log my food and exercise. I know me, and I know that daily weigh-ins and logging my food keeps me accountable. If I don't do those things, THAT'S when I start to gain.

However, the numbers are no longer a source of motivation for me. They are just check-in points. As you so rightly point out, at goal, we have to find other sources of motivation - fitness goals, contentment with how we look and how our clothes fit, recognition of all the benefits of our healthier lifestyle! Everyone is different, so the sources of motivation at goal will vary, but we must find other things that keep us motivated to maintain.

Great blog! Thanks for the reminder!

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GIRANIMAL 11/23/2010 11:38AM

    Thank you for this! I have an injury from long before I started Sparking and working out. I've been through the gamut of pain and ability levels with it, so I know exactly what you mean about what they can teach us about accomplishment. And yet I still needed this reminder right now! I am struggling with not being able to do more so that I can push forward just 10 or so pounds to my goal, and I am losing sight of the fact that I have made huge (65 pounds!) strides already despite the chronic pain of an injury and must remember to be proud of myself!

I am also getting really hung up with the numbers game - mostly the darn scale - and need to hear that I should get back to focusing on my new healthier lifestyle, not just barely staying ahead of that stinkin' number.

Thanks!

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SMILEYBABS 11/21/2010 10:07PM

    Maintenance means working to keep the line flat! That is not quite as reinforcing as a steady decline in in weight nor as reinforcing as the compliments made by friends and colleagues about how weight loss is showing.

At Weight Watchers there is now monthly recognition for those at goal which is way more than ever done for lifetime members at goal in previous years. This recognition has helped my meeting friends keep their weight steady. I suggest a monthly reward for keeping your weight off could be just the ticket for reinforcing continued weight maintenance.

Barbara

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JCORYCMA 11/21/2010 9:43PM

    Great insights, Don! I have to watch myself all the time, because I can get too hung up on what the numbers are saying.

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BARBARA_BOO 11/19/2010 1:38PM

    This subject is SO important. I tried to comment a couple of nights ago, but SP was doing maintenance on the site. I appreciate your discussion and the input from your other friends.

I've been thinking a lot about this, since I am determined not to repeat my history of losing significant amounts of weight and regaining. Continuing to change the thinking and behavior that you speak of, to stabilize the lower weight permanently, is such a magnificent accomplishment that I will be forever proud of my efforts, regardless of what my future holds.

Instead of thinking about what food I'll eat at my "goal met" party (or, in the old days, afterwards, when the guests have left, LOL), I'm thinking ahead to the excitement of seeing how the other half lives.

Trying out my smaller, stronger body and "getting used to it" sounds thrilling. Being happy and continuing to grow and enrich my life in ways that my larger body and habitual thought patterns believed I couldn't is the goal. The measurement of success will be "how comfortable and happy I am at the lower weight." Another measurement will be "how well I deal with the reactions of others to my being smaller". That can open a huge can of worms.

When I settle on what appears to be my lowest maintainable weight, I will continue to pay attention to "becoming SATISFIED with the weight that I have worked to achieve". I'll be getting old someday (almost 69 now), and I want to do it with a twinkle in my eye. As you have made clear, it's not about the food or the numbers as much as it is about the happiness and the growth. We will all decay soon enough.

Sorry about nattering on, but you got me on a roll.
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ZELLAZM 11/19/2010 12:39PM

    Good insights, especially as one approaches maintenance, you have to start changing your thinking and goal-orientation. Thanks for the reminder, Don!

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BOBCATRN 11/19/2010 8:08AM

    I have to admit I am such a numbers person, from the number on the scale to the number that is my jeans size.. My name is Kelly and I am a numbers addict. LOL I am not sure what I will do once i hit that goal, but I think it will be the enjoyment of the fact that I accomplished something great, and not everyone can commit to do.

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VEGGIEHIPPIE89 11/18/2010 11:50PM

    Thank you.
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GRACEFULIFE 11/18/2010 2:30PM

    I've gone off the numbers for a while myself. Didn't weigh for nearly a week. Haven't been tracking intake. Had a week or two off of workouts even, so no mileage, weight, reps, whatever.

Oh, I so dig the numbers, and will be back to them (already am since I did a workout yesterday). But it's been an interesting reminder of what it was like to be "normal" and live life without tracking all those numbers all the time.

Isn't the idea of Spark to do better at the diet and fitness portion of your life, then move on to challenge yourself in other areas as well? With that in mind, I think satisfaction at maintenance will come not only from enjoying how much better I feel and look, but how many things I get done in working toward hopes and dreams. Plus, hopefully, how many fun sporting activities that I can take part in with skill and grace. Wait, that's the best one I came up with yet... fun! That one is REALLY the point of all this... fun. That's a good thing to keep in mind, I think.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/18/2010 12:56PM

    Like Carrie, I'm a numbers person.

I need numbers as an objective measure of how I'm doing. It's too easy to talk myself into believing that a gain is OK or minimal if I don't have a number to back it up.

If I don't track my food and weight and body fat daily I tend to gain weight very rapidly. So I track them. Just in an effort to keep the numbers down.

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JESPAH 11/18/2010 6:11AM

    Words to live by. The road dips, rises and meanders. Get used to it. :)

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CARRIE1948 11/17/2010 9:42AM

    Interesting. I need to think about this. I'm a numbers person; I need something to monitor, even if that's a straight line

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TERRYMEMPHIS 11/17/2010 6:29AM

    Great Blog. Keep up the hard work.

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MOM2AEROKI 11/17/2010 1:11AM

    don -- i followed suzi's blog to yours. like suzi, i'm experiencing some health issues that have stalled my progress. it's been frustrating and i've been disheartened, but reading your blog forces me to remember where i've been and how i got to the place i am today. i have to believe i will recover more quickly because of my efforts to become healthy before i became injured; that this could be so much worse. i may not be able to exercise, but all i've learned to this point will not fall out of my head. i can control my eating and i can control my attitude. i can still be sparkalicious. 'tis but a hiccup.....

thank you for the insightful (and timely) blog.

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KIRSTEN 11/16/2010 9:16PM

    Great blog, very helpful. I need this shift in thinking right now! emoticon

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RAINBOWFALLS 11/16/2010 8:32AM

    Great point. I personally have been working at being happy with the accomplishments I have already made and at not being perfect. I have stalled, but I know that I will make more progress and I weigh much less then I did at the beginning of this year. The numbers I will strive for is healthy numbers.

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MIZZSB 11/16/2010 3:40AM

    this is what i needed this morning, it brought a tear to my eyes!

Thank you Don!

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OUTDOORGIRL70 11/15/2010 9:49PM

    Don....

Thank you for this Blog. It is helping me a lot at this time.

Thanks good friend for the reminder.

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LADYGWEN25 11/15/2010 8:15PM

    emoticon I've printed this blog so i can remember your wise words.

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SLIMTHICK2 11/15/2010 7:37PM

    I agree with you, well said. All the best. emoticon

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CHANGE4FIT 11/15/2010 7:32PM

    Wow, Don, this is timely. While I am not at the end of my journey, I am already having a battle with the numbers. The scale won't budge and I am not far enough in to be experiencing a plateau. I think it is more like I am building muscle. The scale is not moving, but I am getting more trim. I only do measurements, besides weight, monthly so it's not time for that. I have been thinking if I am this frustrated this early what DO I have to look forward to and HOW will I define the maintenance phase when I arrive. Thank you for such an insightful blog!
PJ

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DAYHIKER 11/15/2010 7:24PM

    Wise words indeed, Don! One of the hard things about maintenance is that there is not that dramatic feedback from scale or tape measure and if you don't change your goal strategy it's easy to regain!

Cindy

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GR8CATSBY 11/15/2010 7:15PM

    I especially want to be reminded of this line: "We can appreciate how our healthy lifestyle has helped us to avoid even MORE serious repercussions... " I get so focused on NOW that I forget that the good choices I currently make will likely make a difference years from now. (I'm thinking lately about the converse to that, how the bad habits I got into years ago still plague me today.)

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AGASSIFAN 11/15/2010 7:08PM

    Very well said...I use my numbers to help train myself to head for healthier selections...but they don't possess me....

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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!

A few other pics:





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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Kristi
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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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OUTDOORGIRL70 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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OUTDOORGIRL70 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
PJ

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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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OUTDOORGIRL70 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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