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Why I'm Doubting I'll Ever Be A "Runner"

Thursday, May 05, 2011

I don't dislike running, but I don't really LIKE it either. Today while outside on this gloriously sunny day jogging a 5K at Otsiningo Park, the thought occurred to me: "Wouldn't this day be even BETTER YET if I was out on my BIKE?!?"

That's the bottom line: If a nice day comes along the odds of me enjoying that day by getting out and running are WAY LONG against the odds of me getting out on my BIKE! If I'm ever to learn to enjoy running I need to DO IT and do it a LOT!

Just don't think that's ever going to happen. Cycling is always going to trump it.

I always say "never say never," but those odds on me really getting into a running groove are pretty slim. Gotta say though, I AM looking forward to joining my fellow local SparkTeam members of the Binghamton Area Losers in the Binghamton Bridge Run on May 15th!

www.facebook.com/pages/Greater-Bingh
amton-Bridge-Run/136598159726149


I was TERRIBLY jealous of TEAMAEGIS this morning when I saw her cycling to work as I made the tough, regrettable decision that 37 degrees was just too darned cold to do the same myself. This has been such a FINE day with BOATLOADS of sunshine & blue sky to lure me to the bike. I'm hoping for a repeat performance tomorrow with a warmer morning of 45 degrees so I can make up for lost time and get out TOMORROW!

Here is a link to some more pics from the 5 Boro Ride (they want me to cough up some $$ for prints...lol):

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Not sure it'll work for folks other than me, but you can give it a whirl.

And hey, a thought I should have tacked onto my 5 Boro blog: I hope everyone out there has hopes and dreams that you are working toward making a reality! That is the most wonderful reward for transforming ourselves and living a SPARKED LIFE! Give yourself room to breathe, LIVE and DREAM and then?

Make it HAPPEN!

I'll wrap up with a great pumped up song from the Who which moved me right along on my 5K today: Can You See the Real Me?

youtu.be/o9Or4QGI80Y

Looks like we may actually have several days of no rain ahead...woo hoo!

Have a SPARKIN' GREAT Weekend!!

Don

  
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WOLFKITTY 5/8/2011 3:43AM

    It's awesome to have something (cycling) that you enjoy so much!! :D
Jocelyn

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NIKANN7493 5/7/2011 5:56AM

    Thank you for trying out the "running" thing, you never know if you will like it or not until you try it! Looking forward to seeing you at the Bingo 5K next week! You will be great!

I used to LOVE riding my bike, I haven't riden in about a year now. Gotta get the tire fixed so I can get out and ride more often. And add a better seat... LOL

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LADYGWEN25 5/6/2011 11:32PM

    great job on your 5K run Don! looking forward to running with you and our fellow sparkers and the Bingo 5k!

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MISS_VIV 5/6/2011 3:14PM

    When I see your pictures 'on the road'.. and look again at your BEFORE. It is absolutely friggin' amazing that it is the same person. I'll bet you have people you work with that say that every day. PRETTY AMAZING.

CONGRATULATIONS

YOU ARE A TRUE INSPIRATION.



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KINSBAILE 5/6/2011 1:52PM

    You gotta do what's right for you!

Cycling is not my thing and running is, cycling is your thing and running is not!

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OLDERDANDRT 5/6/2011 11:13AM

    Hey, guy! It's ok if you are not a runner, you know! You're a fabulous bike rider!!! It's fun for you and you know you get fantastic workouts with doing it, so, if you really feel like running, go run! If not, hey.......just get on your bike and ride!!! How do you feel about plain, old walking? Still an option! Do your thing and have a great time in the process. Life is too short not to, right? Have a great day! emoticon emoticon

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IMIN2GENES 5/6/2011 9:03AM

    Who cares if you're ever a runner? You are on HECK of a cycler! Keep up the great work my friend! You're an inspiration!
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CATTIANN 5/6/2011 6:48AM

    I agree with everyone..do what you love. I love to walk and most days I feel like I could walk for miles and miles and miles.

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BAM-MA 5/6/2011 6:40AM

    Ditto to all those that commented before me. If you don't prefer to run... Then DON"T (except for the Bridge Run :-) )

If there has been one thing that I have seen as a common thread throughout the Sparkpeople community, is that we are only successful when we find something that we LOVE and stick with it. Otherwise it is WORK.

You have been VERY successful without running! Why make yourself WORK?

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JLITT62 5/6/2011 5:27AM

    Our day yesterday was gray, windy & chilly. And drizzly. Today looks to be much nicer!

Do what you love! No one says you have to be a runner. Altho I don't often enjoy it during - I like how I feel afterwards.

Cycling is great exercise, it's good for the environmemt & it's easy on the joints. Sounds pretty good to me (except for the fact that bikes kind of scare me).

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MINNA72 5/6/2011 2:38AM

    Don, you should do what you LOVE! I love running, so my idea of fun is a 10 mile run on Sundays, but I am finding a love for riding as well, and now Saturdays are reserved for that. Best of both worlds! :)

Great pics!

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LMLOPEZ 5/5/2011 11:49PM

    Hey, if you are running and wishing the entire time that you would be on your bike, you are in the wrong outfit!!! loL!!! I say life is too short to do things you don't love if you don't need to-get on your wheels and GO!!!
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BOBBYD31 5/5/2011 11:25PM

    you don't have to run a lot to enjoy it. just go out for maybe a once a week jog and use the bike the rest of time, you may never like it but it will become ok. do intervals with the bike and running jog a mile ride a mile do that 2 or 3 time a great work out. who knows may lead to duo or a tri or a cyclocross.



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TOPAHI 5/5/2011 11:15PM

    Don,

I'm right there with you... that is exactly how I feel!
Somehow running seems more like work, but Cycling is fun.

Thanks,

Tom
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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 5/5/2011 11:06PM

    That's how I feel about whitewater kayaking. The only thing that is going to make me more of a cyclist this season is my shoulder injury...

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FRECKS96 5/5/2011 10:12PM

    Great pics Don! It's all about doing what you love. I can't imagine 5 miles on a bike, but I can't wait to run it tomorrow morning. Enjoy your ride int work!

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We ROCKED This City!

Monday, May 02, 2011

A little music for my blog...a twist of a word in the song title to suit my needs...! :-)

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Had a TERRIFIC time 'round the Big Apple over the weekend! Stayed in Staten Island and to prepare for the big ride on Sunday we rode the ferry over to Battery Park on the southern tip of Manhattan on Saturday. The weather couldn't have been more PERFECT!



I couldn't believe the ferry ride has been a FREEBIE since 1987! It was such fun to get out on the water and while I've been to mid-town Manhattan a few times there isn't ANYTHING like cruisin' into south Manhattan on the ferry to see New York City sprawled out in all its splendor! Although I was looking forward to the bike ride on Sunday, taking it all in on Saturday on the ferry ride and walking about southern Manhattan REALLY PSYCHED me up for the ride!



The SIZE of those ferries is incredible! They must hold HUNDREDS of people on each of their three levels! I tried to get a pic to show the size of the ferry but none really could do it justice. We rode outside so that we could enjoy the view both coming and going from Manhattan. Here's an inside shot to give you an idea of the seating capacity:



And another thing we discovered: from experience we already knew parking in Manhattan, even while staying at a hotel, runs $40-50 a day. Price of parking at the St. George terminal of the Staten Island ferry? $5.50 for the day! So if one is heading to Manhattan for some serious shopping and you're coming in from out of town? Seems to me it would make sense to park there and ferry over to Manhattan! The ferry ride is around 30 mins.

Some more pics:





Some folks had donned some really creative Lady Liberty costumes and were hamming it up with folks who took pics with them.





All right! On to Ride Day!

I began to get a sense of the ENORMITY of this feat, pulling 32,000 cyclists together at the same time when I arrived at the ferry again the next morning around 6:30. I had already been up since 5 getting a little breakfast and catching up with the shuttle service to take me from the hotel to the ferry. I REALLY would have preferred just riding to the ferry myself as it was only 8 miles away. But one thing I discovered by having driven this route the day before was that the road was filled with potholes, very narrow, with frequent buses that sped along in ways that belied little mercy to others on the road. Too risky for someone totally new to the route as I was.

So here I am stuck in a line with who-knows-HOW many others!



And I'm thinking: These are only the cyclists coming via the Staten Island Ferry! We've got folks already IN Manhattan and POURING into Manhattan from EVERYWHERE!

Although I realized I was going to have to be patient during the course of the day, I later found out I had to REALLY CRANK up the dial on my Patience-O-Meter...! There were moments of irritability on my part, but I quelled them by reminding myself of the phenomenal feat of organizing an event of this size!

One of the greatest challenges of the ride were the slow and crowded sections of the ride. How could I be sure not to zig when I should zag and avoid running into anyone? Soon I learned the best way, when it got slow, was to simply keep one foot on the pedal and push off the ground with the other until the press of bodies lightened up enough and the movement picked up sufficient pace to begin to pedal again. Miraculously, clumsy old me had not a single problem colliding with anyone.

The ferry ride back over to Manhattan that morning was cccccOLD!! With a bike, one has to go down into the hold of the ferry where there is simply a hole on one end of the boat and one on the other end. We had wall to iron wall bodies & bikes with the gust of the ride billowing up through. No lights other than what the openings offered. I had a 30 min. glimmer of what it must have been like for our forefathers crammed into vessels riding over the oceans under what were horrible conditions. But I struck up conversation with some, did stretches, jumped up & down and kept moving to avoid chilling TOO much.

Rode a little way up into Manhattan when everything ground to a halt. The press of bodies and bikes just totally jammed the streets of Manhattan as far as the eye could see. This was most definitely the Day of the Bike!





Finally around 8:30 the ride kicked off!

Here we are approaching the official starting line:



As we crossed we could hear the announcer calling out all the countries that were represented in today's ride. Amazing places such as Japan! Australia!



Once we got underway there was a bit of stop & go getting through Manhattan. Not because of car traffic, as roads were shut down for the event, but again that amazing press of bodies and bikes! Central Park was a little tricky too as the path was somewhat narrow for all the cyclists involved and we had to share the road with our buddies the Runners! :-)

I wasn't able to get pictures of many stretches mostly because 1) I didn't dare stop and cause a multi-bike pile up! 2) I was too busy staying out of collisions with others and 3) I was having too much of a BLAST whizzing down highways and expressways which were shut down just for us bikes!

I couldn't believe we had the FDR expressway all to ourselves! After the stop & go nervousness of Manhattan I was ready to cut loose and ripped right along...woo hoo! Throughout the more open and speedy sections of the ride I hooked up with others who were looking to challenge themselves with some speed and followed the paths that they wove in & out of the slower cyclists. While in general, just like with cars the far right was open for the faster riders, sometimes groups would block the way and it got tricky to wind my way through. But that was sorta fun too. Loved it when I found some young serious cyclists, mostly men, but sometimes there were some wicked fast gals too!, I would tail them and take advantage of the trail they would blaze. And sometimes *I* did the blazin' for others too! :-)

The day's cycling wasn't too challenging from an elevation perspective. I could tell as I never had to shift my left gears below the third and highest gear. I would just adjust on the right to suit my needs. Even going up the bridges like the Queensboro or the Verrazano Narrows I managed to get up them at the bottom of my third gear. Now HEADWIND? There was some WICKED headwind on the Brooklyn-Queens expressway heading toward the Verrazano Narrows bridge...but I liked the challenge of PUSHING myself to see what kind of speed I could maintain despite the wind.

Here's some pics on the Queensboro bridge...shut down just for us cyclists like everything else that day! I never failed to appreciate having all this pavement under our wheels throughout the day! AMAZING!





It was cool riding up through Brooklyn seeing folks of all sorts out and cheering us on. A girl held her hand out to slap cyclists hands as we went by. A traditional Hasidic Jewish fellow with the tall stovepipe hat and long beard was clapping and cheering, another was taking pictures of us.

There was some pretty cool jazz going down at one of the rest stops:



And BANANAS! Holy MOLY there were enough bananas being given away and chowed down on it's a wonder everybody didn't start scratching at their armpits and start dragging their knuckles on the ground! :-)





One of the most frustrating portions of the ride was along the Brooklyn - Queens expressway when EVERYTHING ground to a halt. Nobody was going NOWHERE! Wall-to-wall bodies and bikes lining the expressway. I didn't clock it, but it felt like an awfully long time. The only thing I could figure was that perhaps they were in the process of closing down and clearing out the Verrazano Narrows Bridge before we could proceed. I tried to be as patient as I could and waited it out.

Expressway Traffic Jam:



Approaching Verrazano Narrows:





View from the top of Verrazano Narrows:





It was too dark to take pics of the riders as we were in the bottom / covered portion of the bridge.

Another bottle-neck occurred at the end of the ride as I was to meet DW at the ferry parking. ALL riders had to wait in line for the ferry, whether or not one needed to RIDE the ferry didn't matter. I just sighed and caught up with some conversation with some other cyclists. One from Maine, another from NJ who had a really cool looking Specialized, a model I didn't recognize the "Tarmac"...but it looked every bit the road bike on par with the Roubaix. A gal approached me and said "I like your bike!" Turned out she had the spitting image of my Specialized Tricross! She was from Boston.

Do I feel the ride was worthwhile? You bet! Will I return to do it again? Doubtful. Once you've done it, you've done it. On to bigger and better things! Would I recommend this ride to others? Depends on how much patience one has as this ride really puts one's patience to the test! I was able to appreciate the feat of pulling together SO many cyclists from 'round the globe that I could muster the patience...and I usually struggle with waiting in lines...! The close quarters cycling is a bit nerve-wracking also...but hey even *I* could manage without a mishap...so I'm betting most folks can.

One oversight: forgot the sunscreen! I'm toasted and glowing all over...yeouch!

Hoping everyone is off to a SPARKIN' week and that you can all cook up some wonderful schemes & dreams for yourselves to share with us here!

Don

  
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MRDPOLING 5/5/2011 2:56PM

    Having never been, does Manhattan make you feel small like I've heard?

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CBERGMAN4 5/5/2011 8:57AM

    That is awesome!!! My claustrophobia was starting to peak look ing at your pics, but they are wonderful!!! :) You did it!!!

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LADYGWEN25 5/5/2011 8:09AM

    WOW WOW WOW! is all i gotta say.. I will admidt to NOT reading all your blog totally because i had to just JUMP to the end here to comment..WOWZA!!! i want to do something like that!!!! Once i get my biking skills up to some hill levels.. I've been looking for bike rides like that to "conquer" to add to my running list on my sparkpage... running ones are easy to figure out what to do.. but bike rides..I'm finding are hard to find...Great work on a ride like that! :)

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NIKANN7493 5/5/2011 7:58AM

    What an amazing experience! Sounds like you had alot of fun! Last time visited NYC was in 1999, got to see the Statue of Liberty, Battery Park, WTC, went to a Sea Port Mall (forget the name) and took a Ferry to Liberty Park. Thank you for sharing your experience with us!

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DMGABBETT 5/3/2011 12:43PM

    Wow, Don - that was quite the experience...XLNT blog and report too!

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MEGA_MILES 5/3/2011 11:24AM

    Looks like a memorable experience, not one I'd like to have, but memorable none the less. Have I ever mentioned I hate crowds. I can't imagine those crowds on bikes. On the other hand I have learned to never say never. I have done more things in the past 10 months that I thought I'd never do. So maybe one day I'll try the 5 Boro tour. For now, I'll stick to the backwoods of central MA.

Thanks for the blog Don. Even if I never do it, I at least know about it. emoticon

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BAM-MA 5/3/2011 8:41AM

    What a GREAT EXPERIENCE! Kudos to our patience! Thanks SO MUCH for the pics. You do such a great job of filling us in! You really bring us along for the ride. Thank !

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JLITT62 5/3/2011 5:42AM

    What a picture perfect day for your ride - glad you shared it with us. Good job on no spills with that huge crowd!

We rode the ferry for our first time last May - cause DH can't get up early & didn't have the patience to wait in line for the Ellis island ferry (also never been there - yet).

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FRECKS96 5/2/2011 10:34PM

    Wow! What an amazing experience. So glad you were able to enjoy most of it and really see the positive. Thanks for a wonderful story!

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WATERMELLEN 5/2/2011 9:31PM

    Great blog with great pics -- you make it possible to imagine being there!! And: you get the prize for patience, that's for sure!! Sounds like a real adventure but like you say: once might be enough!!

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CRAVINGLIFE 5/2/2011 9:16PM

    It's just cool to say you did it! Glad you made it through without any incidents. Thanks for the recap and pictures.

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OUTDOORGIRL70 5/2/2011 8:47PM

    Don.....

Thank you for your blog. It almost made me feel like I was riding right their with you. The pictures were great also.

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DAVEINSEOUL 5/2/2011 8:14PM

    This seems to almost be a bucket list item.

Don't know if I have the patience to ride with 32,000 cyclists however.

Great blog! Loved the pics!

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MISS_VIV 5/2/2011 8:11PM

    Excellent blog, super photog and OUT OF THIS WORLD PATIENCE.

You are a winner in the patience department.

Rock on.

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DAD2GETFIT 5/2/2011 7:40PM

    It sounds like a great time. You got at sky some really nice pictures too! That sky was really BLUE!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 5/2/2011 7:34PM

    Wish I was there riding with you :-)

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IMIN2GENES 5/2/2011 7:23PM

    Thanks for sharing your awesome pics! It looks like you had fantastic time.

Way to go!
Chris
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TRAVELGRRL 5/2/2011 7:09PM

    YOU ROCK~! What a great experience!!! Thanks for sharing your AWESOME PHOTOS!

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ZELLAZM 5/2/2011 6:59PM

    Fantastic report, Don! Almost felt like I was there myself. I continue to be amazed at your growing list of accomplishments!

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DAISYBELL6 5/2/2011 6:49PM

    What a really neat experience!

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VEEJAY3 5/2/2011 6:45PM

    I'm trying to imagine empty pavement ANYwhere in NYC. Amazing.

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REYVE01 5/2/2011 6:45PM

    Great Picture Blog... I bet the locals hated all the traffic.... Looks so fun. A healthy lifestyle looks like a lot of fun. emoticon

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STARLIGHT615 5/2/2011 6:39PM

    WOW looks like an amazing time you had.. Love the pictures!

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The Bounce-Back Continues!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Thank you everyone for your concerns re: yesterday's mishap. Just gotta love our SparkFamily! A little Bacitracin and all this SparkLove goes a long way to making fellow keeping on tickin' when he takes a lickin'!

Went back at it today for 4 hours, kicking off with an hour of Spinning, 1/2 hr. elliptical, 1/2 hr. stationary bike, alternating with sets of upper body strength training and wrapping up with a 1/2 hour in the pool and hot tub. One of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday morning!

Had a different leader for Spinning today, neat to check out another person's "style"...dimmed the lights which I liked, could tune into the music and the rhythm of the ride better. She warned that the fitness center would have limited hours tomorrow due to the holiday. And followed that by saying the hotel (which runs the fitness center) is having an awesome Easter buffet and have absolutely jam-packed their ballroom with 500 seats which are sold out for the day with a 200 people waiting list. So parking might be a pain. Not if one is cycling...heh heh! Not that I plan to go tomorrow. I chimed in after she said this: Yeah you guys are in cahoots! Fatten 'em up at the buffet so they gotta come here to burn it off! :-)

Had a chance to chat up SparkPeople with one of the staff who also works on the side as a personal trainer...encouraged her to recommend SP to her clients!

Knee is still stiff, but it could be worse...! Swimming and hot tub was heavenly!

The only disappointment? No pellets! The demand has been so great that they won't have 'em until mid-May. At least I could lock in on the lower April pricing ($199 a ton). My knee is probably smiling over the delay.

Gotta heal up for the 5 Borough ride throughout NYC next week www.bikenewyork.org/rides/fbbt/index
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Only 42 miles, but I figure it'll be an awesome way to get more familiar with the Big Apple as I've only been to mid-town Manhattan a few times (such as last Feb. when I was on Dr. Oz with a few other members of SparkPeople!). They shut down the roads that we bike on...good thing as there are 32 THOUSAND cyclists converging for the event! I'm hoping to catch up with fellow Sparker RSILVERSEA who is also going to be cycling this event!

2BMYOWN sent me an Easter SparkGoodie and warned me to not eat too many peeps...I sent the 2 Eggs SparkGoodie and said: this is as close as I get to a peep allowed in this house...lol!

Have a wonderful Easter holiday everybody!

Don

  
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ZELLAZM 5/1/2011 7:44AM

    Never could understand the fascination with peeps myself. Looking forward to hearing about your NYC adventure!

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REYVE01 4/28/2011 6:07PM

    Wow... that bike ride sounds great... I wish I could go. Have a good time.

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GIRANIMAL 4/27/2011 11:55AM

    You are one amazing cyclist, Don! I hope your knee is better.

Thanks for providing such inspiration! At this point my 5-mile ride to work seems rough enough, after having been off it for CONSTANT RAIN for nearly two weeks!

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BAM-MA 4/26/2011 8:29AM

    You are an inspiration as always! The NYC ride sounds awesome. If they do that every year, I will have to try it sometime. Of course I would have to get a bike first... lol

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KINSBAILE 4/25/2011 9:23AM

    I hurt my knee last week, hope we both get better!

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KAZINMICH 4/24/2011 10:00PM

    That NYC ride sounds awesome, I hope to see pics!! :) :)

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L*I*T*A* 4/24/2011 10:56AM

   

Happy Easter to you and yours...
blessings and hugs.........lita

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LADYGWEN25 4/24/2011 8:37AM

    DOn you're going to have to recommed some bike rides for me to accomplish along with the running goals i listed. Will have to try the hot tub for my leg.. never thought of that! :)

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JLITT62 4/24/2011 5:41AM

    The pellets might've been overdoing it - I think God's looking out for you. Your bike ride thru NYC sounds fab.

I grew up in Poughkeepsie, and we went to Manhattan frequently. But safpdly, I've only vpbeen about 3 times in the 25 yrs since we've been married. Just a little too far for a day trip - comfortably - from here.

Enjoy your Easter!

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2BMYOWN 4/23/2011 9:41PM

    LOL! Yes, Maha, I was referring to those sugary confections that NOW come in ALL different colors, who knew......?? But unfortunately, Don, I have grandkids who LOVE those things...but not to eat, to play with. So I am still finding rock-hard peeps tucked away every time I go to pack up more toys for my daughter to take to her new place.....from LAST EASTER, for cripe's sake.....OMG They'd make excellent hockey pucks. ***shudder***

It tires me out just reading your blogs, Mr. Machine. Spinning, cycling....I gotta get crackin' here---- and I thought I was doing pretty good doing my walking with Leslie routine! LMAO ****siiiiigh**** Yes, it's so true, I am such a slug, what can I say! You are a true inspiration, keep up the tremendous work!!!

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VALERIEMAHA 4/23/2011 8:10PM

    Damn! that 5 Borough ride sounds intense. C'mon Don, "ONLY" 42 miles??? Now that you've done the century ride, you're incorrigible. HAHAHA But...but...THIRTY TWO THOUSAND cyclists?????? More hot tub soaks to get all healed up and ready for the exciting weekend, huh.

Is the diff between stationary bike and spinning that the latter is a class using the former?

I'm sooooo slow, but I don't get Gail's (2BMYOWN) joke??? Could it be something about baby chickies who go "peep peep, peep peep?" Don't have a clue!

In your activity and motivation you're at the OPPOSITE end of the spectrum of where I'm at these days, unhappy to say. I'm sure this too shall pass....

Keep up your amazing output my friend!
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Earth Day: On the Road Again...!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Well it wasn't the most INSPIRING of days to get out on my bike, BUT: it was finally DRY! And another dry day doesn't appear to be on our horizon for another week or so...ugh!

Plus, hey it's Earth Day! What better way to celebrate than to ride on down to the fitness center, over to the office to see a few clients and then head toward home and pick up a few groceries along the way! Nice to put one of my new panniers to use: www.axiomgear.com/products/gear/bags
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Unfortunately a mishap along the way to the fitness center resulted in Fall #2 on my bike. I wasn't paying quite the attention I should have been paying considering I was traveling along a very busy upper Front St. Otherwise I would have been able to have stopped before this car I was riding along-side turned into me with the intentions of pulling into a strip mall. It wasn't really a big deal...I just sort of bounced off and tumbled onto the street, still somewhat astride my bike albeit sprawled on the ground instead of upright. No tears in my clothes, even though I could already feel the joys of road rash radiating from my left knee & left elbow. The driver was mortified and so worried about me. I think I was even MORE mortified and ashamed and just scooted on my way, waving aside all of her worries.

Afterward I kicked myself as it could have been a bit of a teaching moment for both of us to talk and acknowledge our errors and need to be more observant in the future. Hopefully she'll connect the dots without my input...lol!

In this rabidly litigious society I try my best to be as accepting of these minor mishaps as possible. The same goes for dings in the car, etc. I'm not going to have a meltdown and report to insurance companies every little thing. Although I realize the odds are against me, but I just hope others can be the same way.

So I went my merry way, worked out my "kinks" on the elliptical...nice hot shower felt good!

Question is, I have "plans" for tomorrow:

Since the weather is going to be inhospitable yet again I have been looking forward to savoring one of my fitness center Sat. mornings, kicking off with Spinning, then strength training and other cardio fun...including swimming which I think would feel OH so nice! After a few hours of that? Pick up a couple tons of wood pellets, load 'em up and stack 'em up at home: all 100 forty pound bags!

Let's see how I feel in the morning... :-)

Everyone have a healthy, happy Easter holiday!!

Don

ps...trying to keep a running tally of my cycling miles as I rack 'em up this year...135 miles so far, wish it could be DOUBLE that, but I'll take what I can get!

  
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MRDPOLING 4/29/2011 1:59AM

    I bet you made Homer Simpsons, "DOH!" on that one! Ouch dude!

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LADYGWEN25 4/24/2011 8:38AM

    Ouch on the fall.. take care of yourself! :)

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KIMMARIE11 4/23/2011 10:37AM

    I too am glad that you were not injured in the accident. I also wanted to say that I admire that you 1) Didn't get angry and accusatory and cause it to become something so much more; 2) Didn't immediately seek to gain something out of the accident (as some would); and 3) Thought of it as a possible teaching/learning experience for both you and the driver. That is a somewhat unusual and refreshing response to something that could happen to anyone because we are so distracted by whatever shiny thing happens to catch our attention today. Your post was a nice way to start my first day back at sharing the road.

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L*I*T*A* 4/23/2011 8:49AM

    great you weren't badly injured....
hope you are feeling better today...
blessings and hugs............lita

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TOOTHFUL99 4/23/2011 8:00AM

    Glad you weren't hurt too badly in your accident, but here's the big question...."How's your bike?!" lol That's always the first question I ask after I fall!

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JLITT62 4/23/2011 7:42AM

    Hope the spill doesn't interfere with your plans this morning!

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FRECKS96 4/23/2011 7:28AM

    Ugh, Sorry you had such a rough ride in. I occasionally get "reminders" about needing to be more attentive in my running, so I know the feeling. Hope today goes a little more smoothly for you.

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DAISYBELL6 4/23/2011 7:14AM

    Sorry about your mishap and glad you weren't hurt. Love your panniers!

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ZELLAZM 4/23/2011 5:53AM

    Ouch! Glad you're OK! Must be great to be out and biking to work again. Still haven't got mine out of the cellar - too many other projects going on. Sounds like a killer Saturday! Enjoy!

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LMLOPEZ 4/22/2011 11:45PM

    Don, so glad you are not majorly injured. Thanks for helping out on Earth day and for being so dedicated to your own health!! Hopefully you won't be too sore for you fun filled day tomorrow!!

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VALERIEMAHA 4/22/2011 11:42PM

    ICK! ICK!! ICK!!! Sorry 'bout that mishap. I HOPE you're not all ache-y in the morning! Sounds like you have a VERY productive time mapped out for the gym...and then ONE HUNDRED 40 lb. bags??? WOW!

You are my hero in SO many ways, my friend.
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1st Cycling Commute!

Friday, April 15, 2011

FINALLY! A day when I'm not working late and it isn't raining!

Chilly 30 degree morning, but cycling always keeps me warm. Sunny blue skies keeping me company...woo hoo!

I was a bit too intent in scrutinizing the road for flat-making debris so I didn't realize quickly enough that fellow Sparker TEAMAEGIS was cycling northbound on Front St. as I was heading southbound...didn't get a "wave" hello in! Caught up later via e-mail....lol.

It's always great to see other cyclists out on the road, but a fellow Sparker and bike club member commuting to work the same time I am...how cool is THAT? :-)

Don

  
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GIRANIMAL 4/21/2011 9:54PM

    Awesome! I'm so glad you enjoyed a chilly but otherwise nice ride. Hasn't it been the longest winter ever in the history of ... ever? Hope to be joining you again soon. When I go back to work next week its finally supposed to be a bit warmer but wet. Ick.



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KINSBAILE 4/19/2011 1:04PM

    That's awesome, glad you could get out there!

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ZELLAZM 4/19/2011 7:19AM

    Very cool! I'm going to get my bike out of the cellar this week, too! Maybe even today! emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 4/17/2011 12:47AM

    AWESOME!!! AWESOME!!! AWESOME!!!!!! You SO deserve this after the long, snow-bound winter! You're quite an inspiration, Don.
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VEEJAY3 4/16/2011 8:22PM

    can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait,

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OUTDOORGIRL70 4/16/2011 8:10PM

    Don....

I am so glad that your weather is where you can get out. Can you send me some of that blue sky & some warm temps so my snow will stop and the 4 feet that I still have will melt.

Really glad that you could get out & ride.

Ida

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GROEDER 4/15/2011 10:04PM

    I'm anxious to start riding my bike to work. The only problem is that we got another 5 inches of snow today. It won't last long, so I hope to be out riding soon.
Keep on peddling.

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WATERMELLEN 4/15/2011 9:37PM

    I'm thinking I should get my bike out . . . yeah!! Sounds like fun!!

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DAD2GETFIT 4/15/2011 9:00PM

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FRECKS96 4/15/2011 4:39PM

    Awesome! Glad you've finally gotten that first bike commute in.

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SCOTTK3000 4/15/2011 3:27PM

    nice!
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FERRETLOVER1 4/15/2011 3:04PM

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LMLOPEZ 4/15/2011 2:00PM

    YEAH!!!!!
Finally, a great day to get out and ride your commute. Isn't it a good feeling as if Spring is ACTUALLY starting?? LOL!
Glad you got there. And funny with the lack of run-in with your fellow Sparker. There's always Monday!!!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/15/2011 12:46PM

    Nice. I want to start doing that too.

It's an easy way to get 30 miles in for the day...

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MIZZSB 4/15/2011 12:11PM

    how awesome that you could FINALLY go out to ride your bike!!

enjoy more of those days!!

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KA_JUN 4/15/2011 12:06PM

    Bike commuting rules, well done! emoticon Many days, the best part of the work day!

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LADYGWEN25 4/15/2011 12:05PM

    that is awesome! I will say i've seen ALOT more commuter bikers the last week ride by as i'm sipping coffee on the front porch. :)

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JLITT62 4/15/2011 11:24AM

    Great job powering into work! Lord, I thought my fingers were going to drop off with frostbite whrpen I walked the dogs at 10 am! But iypt's warming up & the skies are a beautiful blue.

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L*I*T*A* 4/15/2011 11:14AM

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MRDPOLING 4/15/2011 10:41AM

    I love that idea! biking to work!

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MEGA_MILES 4/15/2011 10:17AM

    That's too funny!! emoticon

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MISS_VIV 4/15/2011 9:58AM

    UBERKOOL DUDE emoticon

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