Tuesday, May 17, 2011
This really felt good:
Yesterday while showering & dressing after my workout at RiverWalk Athletic Center I hung my sweat-soaked t-shirt from the Binghamton Bridge Run on my locker door. A well-built, college-aged fellow pleasantly said:
"Thanks so much for volunteering, man! We all had a great time on our runs yesterday!"
"Volunteering?" I said.
"Yeah, I noticed the t-shirt."
"Oh, I didn't volunteer. I RAN the 5K!" Smiled.
"Wow!" he quickly back-pedaled, "That's Awesome! How'd you do?"
"Well I beat my practice times. I'm pretty happy with that."
Kept chuckling to myself afterward over the surprise I gave him...lol!
Monday, May 16, 2011
All right folks, get on your bikes, get set, and GO! :-)
What's so great about a bicycle ANYHOW...?
National Bike to Work Week: Top Three Reasons to Ride:
The Bottom Line Speaks: The Economics of Urban Cycling:
"Forget, then, all about Global Warming, air pollution, personal health, freedom of choice, or anything else when speaking to conservative-leaning oppositionists: the fact is that supporting bicycling infrastructure in our cities is the most fiscally responsible program for supporting the mobility our economies depend on.
The more you support cycling, the less you'll have to pay in taxes, and the better your business communities will thrive.
The bottom line has spoken."
How bicycling will save the economy (if we let it):
"There aren't very many economic scenarios in this country where everyone wins. But if you had to choose one single thing that could pull our neighborhoods, towns, and cities out of this murky pit of a recession, you'd do well to bet on the humble bicycle."
Weds. is National Bike DAY and our cycling club will observe it through our Ride of Silence:
If any local cyclists care to join us, our ride is open to the public. You must wear your bicycle helmet! We start at Binghamton's Recreation Park at 7 pm!
See you there!
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Binghamton Bridge Run
I have to admit I had my doubts how this run was going to go with all the forecasts of thunderstorms and the steadiness of the rain that kicked in just an hour or so before the 5K was to begin. I had no doubt I was going to DO IT, just wondered how gratifying it might be.
THEN I discovered from some fellow members of SP who were also doing the 5K that mp3 players weren't allowed unless you signed some sort of waiver. Of course I could have read all the details posted about the run, but you know us guys...READ?!?! :-)
So I wore my red SparkPeople shirt and navy shorts, headed out and turned on my "inner radio"...using this tune which did so well for my big Ocean City century ride last year:
And VOILA! The rain dropped off to a light, spotty drizzle which was pretty pleasant and MISSED when it stopped! Fellow Sparker BAM-MA set a good pace for the first stretch down Clinton and we chatted a little bit along the way. Perhaps it was all those old treadmill sessions of yore with the incline set at "10," but for some reason I seemed to want to pick up the pace while heading uphill on Jarvis toward Main St. I THOUGHT I had kicked it up a bit on the last stretch heading down Main St. into the stadium, but somewhere later I thought I saw a time of 40 mins. But then the official time was posted of just over 35 mins., which was a nice surprise after pulling 40s during all my practice jogs.
There is something about an event like this which really makes a person want to do their very best! I was nearly last in my age group, but I'm very pleased with my jog.
We had such a WONDERFUL turnout for the event among our Binghamton Area Losers! Way to SPARK you guys!
Will I be back for more in the future...?
Hmmm...well maybe this catchy oldie I revisited during our Spinning class this past Saturday offers a clue:
Make it a SPARKIN' week everyone!
Friday, May 13, 2011
...and plopped a ball in the sand right in front of me begging to have me join in the fun just like the dog sitting atop VALERIEMAHA's posting of Hafiz's fierce, yet delightful reminder "to experience ever and ever more deeply our divine courage, freedom:"
So out into the sun I went! And into the fitness center as well. Today was a double whammy day as I had a late work day yesterday that totally wiped out any chance of working out. I suppose you really can't "make up" for what you didn't do yesterday but today was my attempt nonetheless...lol! As I had gone to the movies (I saw a movie I never would have DREAMED I would have seen..."Fast Five"...ugh! That'll teach me to have a "Client's Choice" night...lol!) with my clients last night I flexed my time off for this afternoon and had some time to "play!" :-)
Back on the bike for my commute, including a 5K jog at Otsiningo on the way home. Also stopped at Riverwalk Athletic Center for a set of ST, 30 mins. elliptical, another set of ST and 30 mins. rowing machine. Caught up with a private client at my office in the mix as well. Had my pannier CRAMMED with office clothes, notebook, address book and my mp3 player which DIED on me during my RiverWalk workout (forgot to charge it...grr!). Had to do my 5K jog sans music...!
So, time to turn on my internal "radio" and whaddya know but an old Wes Montgomery version of "Tequila" comes to mind. Wes was one of my first jazz guitar inspirations and remains one of my favorites:
Don't ask me why that song came along! But it soon got boring and I needed to shake it loose for something else. Just couldn't seem to do it though! So I tried something else: a failed "project" of mine last year when we got our new cell phones which had an micro SD slot was to put a lot of tunes on my phone so I could listen to them whenever I wanted. Problem? My headphones aren't compatible with my phone and the speaker on the phone really doesn't sound too hot.
But: it was better than nothing! So I played tunes on my phone, which would at least give me some idea of tunes to hear mostly internally through my memory.
First up? Santana's Life Is Anew!
Then Don Henley's Not Enough Love in the World
Lots of others...U2 picked up the pace with Get On Your Boots
All in all a great day to SPARK and soak up that sun before it hibernates as the weather is calling for rain for all but one day during the next two weeks...OOF!
That INCLUDES a forecast for THUNDERSHOWERS on SUNDAY, the day of the Binghamton Bridge Run and my 1st official 5K...this could be interesting...
Monday, May 09, 2011
While rolling on into work today I began to notice something different about today's ride: I wasn't hitting any red lights!
Okay, so let's have a little fun and see how my luck (and a little psyching, timing skill) continues.
Well I counted 13 traffic lights on my way to work (hmm...maybe I want a RECOUNT and see if I get a different total...lol) and took care as I approached each light and VOILA! Didn't snag a single red light! (you don't want to know how many tissues I filled when I finally stopped...lol!)
The sun is out, heading for upper 60's, no traffic lights...hey, it's just GOTTA be one humdinger of a day ahead, right? Maybe I'd better head to Vegas or Atlantic City?
I'll let you know later if I get struck by lightning for tempting the fates...! :-)
And here's your cycling news of the day, continuing our "May Is National Cycling Month" theme:
"As Gas Prices Soar Cycling Gains Speed"
"As gas prices surge beyond $4 a gallon, more Americans are cycling as a way to stay fit, save money, or both."
One of my favorite fellows and causes, Tim Blumenthal, president of www.Peopleforbikes.org is featured in the article.
If you haven't yet done so...it's WAY past time to dust off that bike and zip off for some FUN!
ps...after today's commute of 20 miles this year's cycling totals will be up to 239 miles.
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