Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Most people think that 2012 began back on Jan. 1st.
But for me? Today being my 1st day back on the road with my bike? I can now truly say that I've kicked off 2012 with a BLAST! :-)
It just doesn't get any better than today: loads of sunshine, wispy clouds and a jaw-dropping 68-72 degrees on the various bank thermometers I saw!
I was so excited looking forward to hitting the roads this afternoon! I couldn't make up my mind where I wanted to GO! So many routes crossed my mind. My first thought was: okay, first ride of the season. I know I've checked my bike over real well. Pumped up the tires, holding air fine, lubed the chain, dusted it off. Everything LOOKS to be in working order. However I remember toward the end of the last riding season despite having a new chain on the bike there was still some slipping in some of the gears. So before I light out for some rural ride I'd better tool around town to be sure all is okay.
And it was! Smooth as silk! Up through Cheri Lindsay Park along the Riverwalk and then back downtown via State & Water St. Along the way I had settled on my decision:
Let's break for the border! The New York / Pennsylvania border, that is! Off I went, heading for Hallstead via Conklin Road / Route 7. Bumped into a few bike club members who were doing their solo rides out today too. Quick break in Hallstead and then back up into NY looping up Route 11. It was the strangest thing, the excitement that overtook me. Over the winter I'd forgotten what it was about cycling that lights me up. Even began wondering to myself: What the heck do you see in this stuff anyway? And you know I can't find the words. Can't pin it down...I just get in the bike and move and am overtaken by this overflowing feeling of good will, that everything is right with my world!
This was the perfect route. Just enough miles to challenge me (33 miles), to begin breaking in my butt (have to restore those buns of STEEL...lol!) and relatively flat so I could just savor the ride, soak up gorgeous outdoors and cruise along.
I had my "radio" tuned into this smooth Larry Carlton tune:
No flats, no falls...just Miles of Smiles!
Sunday, February 05, 2012
Most folks who know me know that I can be a bit of of music snob. I love music and a wide range of music, but: if it doesn't grab me I make no bones about music that leaves me, well..."meh." There is music around that people can be raving about and I can listen to it and even appreciate what has gone into it, the musicianship, the heart & soul of the writer, performer...but in the end if it doesn't grab me I cannot react with anything but..."meh." A few artists out there I can really appreciate for their performances and how much they put themselves into their music would be Lady GaGa and Adele. But try as I may to listen to their music it just hasn't grabbed me.
So being the fussbudget I am it's tough for me to admit to these songs which are on my mp3 player. I mean...what is a song with lyrics like THESE doing pumping up my workout?
"Cuz we're gonna boogie oogie oogie
Till you just can't boogie no more" ....?!?!
But you know? Disco has left it's stamp and there are a few traces of it in me which, when I discovered health & wellness and working out my musical tastes began to morph and make room for music I once upon a time shook my head at. This is MOVING music! Time get up and BOOGIE!
A Taste of Honey: Boogie No More
Wild Cherry: Play That Funky Music
(most "white boys" have NO business trying to be funky, but these guys really do NAIL IT!)
Bee Gees: All that Saturday Night Fever stuff...You Should Be Dancin'
Lipps, Inc.: FunkyTown
And for the occasional chuckle I enjoy this one by Dr. John, not a workout tune...just fun travelin' down Nawlins way and hearing his creole soaked voice and clever, wise-cracking threats at the end of this honky-tonk tune:
How Come My Dog Don't Bark When You Come Around?
Anyone out there have some fun, silly music you like to listen to?
In other humdrum news, got the wood pellets moved to the porch...probably not a ton left after all, but a bunch. The nice part is that the two tons I got at the beginning of the heating season in October is STILL lasting...! Usually by December / January we've burned 'em up and have to go get more! So it's a pleasure to be still burning 'em and not need more just yet. Guess climate change has a few perks. Cross country skiing isn't one of them!
Sun was shining, still too cold for hopping on the bike (30 degrees) so I pulled out the poles and had a great walk / jog up through town & back. Nice to get my outdoor fix on this pretty decently laid back day!
SuperBowl's looking pretty close! I'm not for one or the other team really, just enjoy a close game!
PS...there is more of my particular mix of jazz, world, folk & new age music here:
Saturday, February 04, 2012
Great day today! Up & at 'em, off to the fitness center, there by 9 a.m. and got my 1/2 hour of strength training in before my hour-long Spinning Class.
Spinning was even MORE awesome than usual as it seemed the instructor's playlist of songs were lifted right from my own mp3 player! At least from the classic rock portion of my mp3 player. Great tunes from Queen, Led Zeppelin, the Doors, others and Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run which almost ALWAYS pushes me up a notch or two or three beyond whatever I might be doing at the time. Which happened to be a standing climb with the resistance cranked way up...didn't matter: pedal to the metal time! Whew! Great workout!
Next pleasure up? Heading uptown to join my fellow social workers (mostly, one HR fellow too) for lunch at our local health food restaurant, the Whole in the Wall:
They had been badly flooded out during our deluge back last fall, so it felt nice to have the eight of us bringing them a little extra business by eating at a local establishment rather than a big chain of some sort. LOTS of yummy, healthy food there too!
Although I hadn't planned it this way when I chose this restaurant, earlier in the morning I thought: Hmm...it's only a couple miles away (actually closer, but I decided to add a little distance), so why not leave my car at the fitness center and pull out the Nordic poles and walk / jog there?
We had a lovely lunch catching up with each other! Who'da thunk it, social workers actually being SOCIAL?!? Go figure! :-) This was the first time some of us had laid eyes on each other in decades!
Folks were curious about my poles so I gave a little demonstration after lunch and then I was OFF, back to my car!
On the way home I got to thinking...hmm...our 1st ton of pellets on the porch have been used up, mebbe better move the other ton of forty pound bags from around the side of the house to the front porch, since it was sunny and mid-30s.
But after talking with DW I decided that there was too much laundry, housework and cooking to do that I would rather get out of the way today than tomorrow. So I started in around 2 pm.
Shoulda moved the ton. Would've been way easier! Ah well, they'll wait for tomorrow...weather is supposed to be equally pleasant.
Didn't finish up everything in the house until 9 pm. Non-stop up and running around doing one thing or another...oof! Finally settling in for a bit of cyber time and crossing my fingers that tomorrow morning will be one of those rare mornings when I'm WAY successful in sleeping in! :-)
Very fulfilling and rewarding day filled with time well, well spent!
If you've got some old friends, family and/or colleagues with whom you've lost contact I HIGHLY recommend you see what you can do to spirit them up and re-connect. It is SO WORTH THE EFFORT!
Hope all is well with my SparkFamily this weekend!
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