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Back to RIVERWALK!

Monday, October 31, 2011

The Riverwalk Athletic Center www.riverwalkac.com/ is BACK in business. They had their grand re-opening today and while it's still a bit rough around the edges it's great to have at all their strength training and cardio equipment!

To their credit they've made a concession of not only freezing our membership during the two months they spent rehabilitating and renovating the facilities but they added another month on TOP of that. Keeping the customer satisfied!

I'm still waiting for Spinning classes as the group exercise room will not be ready for another couple of weeks.

Feeling pretty good after putting myself through the paces of both strength training and cardio for about an hour & half. Hitting numbers that aren't too far off from what they were before. But FEELING it more...a good all-over fatigue of having worked my body...yes!

Haven't had much cycling lately as I've been intimidated by the cold and dark. I DO have to take the plunge SOMETIME though as I DID invest earlier this month in the Light and Motion VIS 360 Helmet Head and Tailight Set www.amazon.com/Light-Motion-Vis-Colo
r-Size/dp/B003YLTUDA
which is supposed to be quite a nice set up which makes a cyclist WAY visible in the dark and because the light is perched on the helmet instead of the bike the light is thrown a much greater distance ahead of the cyclist. Also another advantage is that because it's mounted on the helmet when you turn in the direction of a car your beam of light follows as well, also enhancing visibility. I'm hoping this will give me extra commutes in the fall and spring that I might otherwise not have due to the dark.

Hope everyone makes it through our first volley of Merry Thanksgive-oween with little or no ground lost! ...maybe even stepping on ahead with your SparkPlans...? :-)

Don

  
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REDSHOES2011 11/3/2011 10:16PM

    emoticonkeep up the hard work!

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DAD2GETFIT 11/3/2011 9:07PM

    Spin on. emoticon emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 11/1/2011 6:38PM

    Sounds great!

Do you enjoy spinning? So far, I have avoided it. A spinning class is available at my gym and right before Body Pump. I could get a cardio and then weight lifting in on the same morning. Just looking at all of those stationary bikes in that room intimidates me.

I love the idea of the helmet light and tail light set. That definitely sounds worth the investment!

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Ride on!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/1/2011 2:55PM

    You'll be spinning in no time. emoticon

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ZELLAZM 11/1/2011 9:58AM

    Fun, I love new equipment! Bought myself a reflective vest last winter for running in the dark but a light would also be a good addition to the gear.

WTG on your gym workouts!


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JLITT62 11/1/2011 5:23AM

    So happy for you that you have a place to work out that's safe & warm.

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ANDALEX 10/31/2011 10:04PM

    you've certainly done your cycling equipment homework. so cool! i don't know how drivers are in your area, but in baltimore they are both crazy and oblivious! i'm glad you're taking strides to be super careful.

have fun at the new gym! sounds like you're already putting it to good use. kudos!

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Blowing Through my Clock-Watching

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I admit since returning to the treadmill I've been babying myself with only 35 mins. at a time on the treadmill. I excuse it as I'm usually on the treadmill before going to work and I can't drag my sorry behind onto the 'mill any earlier. BUT: on the weekend my time is a lot more flexible.

I decided tonight I wouldn't look at the clock and just go until I felt tired. I was feeling better on the 'mill than I had been in a while. Well I kept going and going and finally stopped at 52 mins. but even then I really didn't feel tired, just awfully sweaty and couldn't put off the lure of a hot shower any longer...lol! I usually start sweating at 15 mins. by 35 mins. I'm dripping. Tonight I was sopped with all the windows steamed up!

Nice to get out of my own way sometimes!

I had some help with some super tunes that hadn't been served up on my shuffling mp3 player in a while:

10cc had a super album way back in 1974 that never got the recognition it deserved. Here's one oddball tune with a driving "clockwork" beat:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2p2Q-XdPUA

Some oh-so-smooth bossa nova from one of my favs, Celso Fonseca:

youtu.be/gg2jTNU0LTk

And a great movin' along tune from Pat Metheny:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=eejJ0WXFClo

Keep 'er Sparkin' out there everyone!

Don

ps...just adding this WAY COOL video of a 100-year-old man finishing a marathon in Toronto!

www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/10
/17/141414363/video-100-year-old-man-f
inishes-toronto-marathon


...um...wow...how did my blog edit end up DUPLICATING my blog...?

  
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REDSHOES2011 10/31/2011 12:49AM

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ZELLAZM 10/30/2011 8:45AM

    Great way to break out of a rut! Need to implement this! Thanks!

...I guess SP thought this blog needed to be seen twice! emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 10/29/2011 7:07AM

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I try not to look at the clock unless I have a deadline. I listen to my iPod and just go. The distraction helps - a lot!





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WATERMELLEN 10/28/2011 8:11PM

    I'm always dripping on the elliptical as well . . . and the music really helps me keep on moving. My "deal" is minimum 400 calories, minimum 30 minutes: i.e. if I've done 30 minutes but haven't hit 400 calories, gotta keep on till I do . . . so that's generally about 34 minutes total at my weight, level 8 and about 58 RPM.

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SASSYCHRIS1952 10/25/2011 1:08PM

    A 100 year "young" marathon man----amazing! And a great inspiration emoticon That gives us young whippersnappers incentive huh! Keep up the good work, Don emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/24/2011 3:17PM

    Good job on getting on the 'mill. I watch TV while I walk on the treadmill, killing two birds with one stone. Tonight I have a date with the treadmill and Two and One Half Men, keeps me front wanting to sneak a bite of hubby's milk and cookie TV snack, none for me.

I too saw the 100 year old marathoner - WOW !!!!

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VARMINT3 10/23/2011 2:11PM

    Good job on finding a distraction! I usually cover the time on my treadmill & just read while I run - I know many people can't read on the 'mill, but I manage it somehow...

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ANDALEX 10/23/2011 3:18AM

    sometimes the time passes faster if you can get your mind off the numbers and onto something more interesting. music is a great choice! i love putting my ipod on random and just seeing what turns up. glad you found your way to a good workout!

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Blowing Through my Clock-Watching

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I admit since returning to the treadmill I've been babying myself with only 35 mins. at a time on the treadmill. I excuse it as I'm usually on the treadmill before going to work and I can't drag my sorry behind onto the 'mill any earlier. BUT: on the weekend my time is a lot more flexible.

I decided tonight I wouldn't look at the clock and just go until I felt tired. I was feeling better on the 'mill than I had been in a while. Well I kept going and going and finally stopped at 52 mins. but even then I really didn't feel tired, just awfully sweaty and couldn't put off the lure of a hot shower any longer...lol! I usually start sweating at 15 mins. by 35 mins. I'm dripping. Tonight I was sopped with all the windows steamed up!

Nice to get out of my own way sometimes!

I had some help with some super tunes that hadn't been served up on my shuffling mp3 player in a while:

10cc had a super album way back in 1974 that never got the recognition it deserved. Here's one oddball tune with a driving "clockwork" beat:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2p2Q-XdPUA

Some oh-so-smooth bossa nova from one of my favs, Celso Fonseca:

youtu.be/gg2jTNU0LTk

And a great movin' along tune from Pat Metheny:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=eejJ0WXFClo

Keep 'er Sparkin' out there everyone!

Don

ps...adding this WAY COOL video of a 100-year-old man finishing the Toronto Marathon! What an inspiration!

www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/10
/17/141414363/video-100-year-old-man-f
inishes-toronto-marathon

  
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VALERIEMAHA 10/23/2011 11:30AM

    Way to go, Don!

Love the music you shared, ESPECIALLY that Pat Metheny piece. Dang, they were musical geniuses. Lyle Mays on keyboards gets me every time! Each ONE of them is so damned talented, and then there's the further genius of Metheny who brought the sound together. The core group has been together since 1977!!!

Interesting comment on there, "Global top flight musicians that ran beside the better strategy architects of staying to what they were as individuals. Smart, saavy, and intelligent blends of so many modes of the multiple ways to be happy´╗┐ without lyrics; the music equates to lyrics according to Einstein..."
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Maha

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MEGA_MILES 10/23/2011 9:18AM

    Well done sir!!

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Return to Butternut Valley

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Eleven of us bike club members cut loose today after being denied our Skaneateles Lake ride yesterday due to the weather. Today was questionable too, although you wouldn't know it by the beautiful blue skies when we set sail at 10 a.m.!

I did this ride with the club last October on a much more pleasant day with pictures that turned out much better than today:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3704697
...includes a fun "re-take" on an old Cole Porter song.

However today's ride was still a great 47 miler with over 2,200 feet of climb peaking just outside Morris.

ridewithgps.com/trips/423557

I enjoyed catching up with a club member who had me green with envy earlier this summer as she told me of her plans to travel to Washington State on a supported cycling tour. What surprised me, however, was her feedback that although it was great to have a change of pace she has YET to find a place in all her travels that can beat the beauty and variety of upstate New York. We are so truly blessed to be cyclists in our back yard!

The clouds were gathering quickly and although rain was predicted for 3 pm it looked like it would come sooner. I was part of a group of four at the front of the group and we all shared the same opinion: no lunch for us in Morris! Just a quick stop and get buzzing back to Sidney and beat the rain!

Most of my pics were too dark to bother including, but here's a couple re-takes (you see 'em in last year's blog too):


The falls at Route 51 & Dimmock Hollow Road


Stone Bridge in Gilbertsville

On our return trip we had unexpected company: a huge Husky came darting out of the trees heading toward us! But unlike the usual cyclist's dilemma of hostile dogs we had a whole new problem on our hands:

This dog was in LOVE with our bikes and speed! He was having a BLAST running alongside us and the faster we rode the better he liked it! It was sorta fun for a few hundred feet, I'll have to admit...however soon we pulled over. This dog was liable to join us all the way to Sidney! And THEN what? The dog was happily bouncing back and forth between us, eager to win our approval. He seemed to be a loveable type that would insist on being a "lap dog," leaving one struggling to come up for air underneath.

We met up with a boy and his father riding back toward where we came and we asked them to hang onto the dog while we scurried off...!

No go...soon the dog was cheerfully loping along beside us!

What next? A young fellow came along in his car and pulled over when we got his attention. He could see that the dog was harmless. We asked if he would take the dog back to where we originally saw him. The kid said "Sure!"

Next problem: the dog wouldn't get into the car! After dragging him a bit one of our riders had a great idea. She had been chewing on a granola bar. Once it was wafted in front of the dog he was putty in our hands and happily hopped into the car chomping on the granola bar!

Whew!

Off we went and before long a little, light drizzle started coming down, goosing my pedaling speed up with each drop!

We beat any significant rain, fortunately and although I car-pooled with someone who would not come along for another 45 mins. I spent the time in McDonald's unwinding with a couple tall, hot coffees.

All in all a wonderful way to spend my 55th birthday!

I logged into RealAge for another dose of feedback and unfortunately my RealAge jumped up from last year, but is still two years younger than my chronological age. RealAge keeps adding more and more complexity to its questions and calculations. It's an interesting tradition I'll keep up for birthdays to come.

Hey everyone keep it SPARKIN' this week!

Don

ps...yearly total of 1859 miles...hoping to add to this!

  
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TSANC01 10/20/2011 9:18AM

  Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had a nice ride and wow..1859 miles so far, fantastic!

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HEARTOLOVE 10/19/2011 1:17PM

    WOW!! That's alot of yearly miles you've logged!!
Happy birthday!
Sounds like a fun fall ride!

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ZELLAZM 10/19/2011 6:59AM

    Happy Birthday - thanks for sharing your experience with us! I just watched the movie "Marley and Me" on TV the other night (in German) and your dog friend sounds like he was a Marley-type. Hope he found his way home again after all the fun.

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SASSYCHRIS1952 10/17/2011 2:21PM

    What a great and scenic way to spend your birthday! And I'm amazed at the total mileage! emoticon

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JLITT62 10/17/2011 2:00PM

    There are many lovely areas of upstate NY, I'll grant you, but there are definitely areas more beautiful IMHO & WA is definitely one of them!

Happy birthday!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/17/2011 1:44PM

    Happy belated Birthday - sounds like another great ride. Isn't it great to feel so healthy and physically fit on your birthday. You have truly made the lifestyle change. emoticon

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TOOTHFUL99 10/17/2011 8:46AM

    Spending your birthday on your bicycle is the best! I'm so glad the weather cooperated for you.
I had a dog follow me for 3 miles once. I rode back and made her "stay" where I found her. Then, I went on my way. A couple hours later, when I was coming home, I found her laying in the shade waiting for me. Luckily she didn't follow me home or she'd be sleeping on my bed right now!

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BILL60 10/17/2011 8:33AM

    Super ride and a happy b'day to you. May you enjoy many more.

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CARRIE1948 10/17/2011 7:28AM

    Way to go

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NIKKILEEG 10/16/2011 10:17PM

    Sounds like you had a great ride. I'm glad the dog didn't cause any problems. My meetings have not been so fortunate but I did have a kitten try to follow us once. We out ran it but then I saw a car coming and was concerned for the kitten. Turned out it was one of the SAG drivers and they'd stopped and picked up the kitten. Not knowing where it belonged, they brought it to the next rest stop. I don't know what happened from there but I hope it found a good home.

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MYLADY4 10/16/2011 10:16PM

    What an AWESOME was to celebrate your birthday.

The dog thing was kinda funny but they just scare me when riding. Even if they are friendly and just want to run with you, it would be so easy for them to run in front of you and down you go.

What a great day.

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ANDALEX 10/16/2011 9:46PM

    happy birthday! glad you were able to get in yet another awesome ride! kudos!

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VALERIEMAHA 10/16/2011 9:36PM

    You cycled through another rotation of the Sun in Libra -- emoticon

If you didn't have birthdays, you wouldn't be you.
If you'd never been born, what would you do?
If you'd never been born, what would you be?
You might be a fish or a toad in a tree.
You might be a doorknob or three baked potatoes.
You might be a bag full of hard green tomatoes.

But worse than all that: you might be a Wasn't!
A Wasn't has no fun at all. No he doesn't!
A Wasn't just isn't. He just isn't present.
But hey! You are you! And isn't that pleasant?
So we'll go to the top of the tallest blue space.
The official SPARK PEOPLE sounding-off place.

Go on: Open your mouth and roar loud at the sky!
Roar loud at the top of your voice:
I am I!
I am I!
And I may not know why. But I know that I like it!
Three cheers! I am I, I am I, I am I!!!!!

Today is your birthday, that's truer than true.
There's no one on earth who is youer than you!
Shout loud: I am lucky to be what I am!
Thank goodness I'm not just a ham or a clam
or a dusty old jar of sour gooseberry jam.
I am what I am and that's a great thing, yes m'am!
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Dr Suess...and Maha!

And for YOU Don, of course, a musical greeting as well:

http://www.youtube.com
/watch?v=40K2S0-5Xo0




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Travels with Willie: Willie Weir, Adventure Cyclist

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Just had to share my latest "find"...One of the recent issues of Adventure Cycling www.adventurecycling.org/mag/ featured an article by Willie Weir titled "Uncomfortable." It was very inspirational in sharing the message that there is much GOLD to be mined when one pushes outside one's comfort zone and is willing to risk some discomfort.

Unfortunately his article is not available online and my copy of it has disappeared.

BUT: I e-mailed Willie and he scanned the article and e-mailed it to me! If anyone is interested in receiving a copy, SparkMail me your e-mail address and I'd be happy to send it your way.

Other really cool info on Willie:

He has his own web site which features his autobiography:

Home Page:

www.willieweir.com/index.shtml

Travels With Willie (entire autobiographical book in PDF format)

www.willieweir.com/download/travels-
with-willie.pdf


A compendium of his blogs:

www.yellowtentadventures.com/2011/10
/


Definitely worth a look!

Don

  
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ZELLAZM 10/16/2011 9:55AM

    Love the blog - lots of cool posts for when the wanderlust gets ahold of you and you can't travel yourself. I can see how you get inspiration from him!

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JESPAH 10/13/2011 8:56AM

    Dazzlingly beautiful photographs on that site .... Wow!

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BILL60 10/13/2011 8:08AM

    Great stuff. Thanks

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OUTDOORGIRL69 10/12/2011 7:49PM

    Thanks for sharing

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WATERMELLEN 10/12/2011 7:42PM

    Comfort is highly over-rated, right??

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L*I*T*A* 10/12/2011 2:42PM

    thanks for sharing....
great information....
blessings and hugs......lita

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VALERIEMAHA 10/12/2011 1:45PM

    Love to see the article. If you'd like, please post the antelope encounter to the cycle team.

You're the best!
Maha

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