Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Our bike club just posted their ride schedule for April and May...21 rides planned...woo hoo! I'm like a kid looking through the catalog for stuff I want for Christmas...only WAY BETTER! :-)
Here's a link to our latest newsletter and even if you're from outside our area if you want to consider joining us on any of the rides membership is only $3 a year and $30 for a lifetime membership...can't beat it with a stick!
Monday, March 21, 2011
I was going to ride my bike to our bike repair workshop yesterday...would've been a 50 mile round trip to Hallstead, PA on a gloriously sunshiney day...
BUT: 1st bike emergency of the year (at least it happened at home...lol) no pump for my tires which had grown slack over the winter! My frame pump wasn't working and neither was the floor pump I bought @ Dick's...taking it back and sticking with my bike shop, Chenango Point, for my supplies. Sometimes pinching pennies doesn't pay!
And as it turned out I learned enough at the repair workshop that it was probably for the best that I HADN'T ridden my bike as all those miles I racked up last year had stretched my chain to a limit I wouldn't have wanted to push PLUS there's a possible problem with wheel bearings that need attention.
Although I didn't learn enough to actually DO these things at least I learn enough to know when they need to be DONE! Ounce of prevention and all that...
On Saturday I had fun Spreading the Spark by bringing a fistful of Spark flyers to the Riverwalk Athletic Center. They were fine allowing me to leave them there...on their counter, in the magazine rack, etc.
Then it was off to our local mall where they were having a Health Fair. Unfortunately we did not know about it in advance so we didn't have a table reserved for SparkPeople, but another fistful of flyers were scattered about by yours truly on benches, nestled into the faux shrubbery, etc...lol! I saw a number of folks picking them up and reading...we can hope! :-)
I also had the pleasure of touching base with a couple of our revved and SPARKING members NIKANN7493 & LADYGWEN25!
So no, I DIDN'T pull the covers up over the head and go back to sleep on this snowy, spring Monday morning in March...just really, REALLY wanted to...lol!
ps...and YES bringing my bike in for a "tune-up" today!
Saturday, March 12, 2011
I'm still trying to get a rhythm to my workouts. Mornings just aren't doing it for me...just can't seem to drag my sorry behind outta bed on a regular basis. I experimented this week and managed to slip over to the fitness center (less than a mile from where I work...one of the reasons I signed up there) during my lunch time and had a decent, speedy 30 mins on the elliptical and 30 mins. on the stationary bike. My absolute FAVORITE time to go, however is Saturday mornings.
I kick start things with an hour of Spinning with a friend who is also a social worker running the show. Then I switch to a set of upper body ST. Then 30 mins. elliptical, Another set of upper body ST, 30 mins. on stationary bike, another set of upper body ST, 30 mins. in the swimming pool and then off to the whirlpool and sauna...ah...! Best spent 4 hours of the whole week! :-)
I had the pleasure of being surprised by fellow member NIKKICLINK joining me as we pumped along on our Octane 3700 ellipticals and switched to a set of upper body ST. I had my eye on a fellow who used the rowing machine, which I haven't yet used. He later sat next to me on another stationary bike and when I asked he spoke highly of rowing. Might have to switch up my cardio next time and give it a whirl. Variety...just LOVE variety!
A troubling thing I noticed throughout my morning was the PRECIOUS LITTLE STRETCHING that just WASN'T being done by very many folks. Perhaps the younger college-aged kids can get away with this, but there are many older folks there who just don't seem to bother. I hate to think of the aches and pains and general disservice to their bodies that these people are bringing on themselves!
Time flies and I really hadn't been paying attention until receiving a friendly SparkMail from ZELLAZM, my Class Team Leader from way back in 2007, that my 4th year SparkVersary is drawing near! It's great to take note & celebrate yet another year with our SparkFamily!
ps...I came THIS CLOSE (see that itsy-bitsy space between my thumb and forefinger?!?) to getting out on the road for the 1st time on my bike today. BUT: tires were soft, time was short and just couldn't pump 'em up and go. Daylight savings will be bringing me OH-SO-MUCH-CLOSER to getting ready to resume my commutes to work...woo HOO! :-)
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