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Trippy Tunes!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Okay so it was a dark, dreary, cold and drippy day filled with lots of big batch cooking, catching up on housework and of course noodling around on the pc and before you know it I oughta get the heck to bed...BUT!

I hadn't done any workout! I'd been "thinking about" the treadmill up in my SparkHaven workout room...but dragging my feet all day to take care of business. After all the Binghamton Bridge Run is only a couple weeks away and I have what I regard as my single obligatory 5K run of the year awaiting me!

Of course with all this procrastinating you can tell I REALLY wasn't in the mood for this. However I had a new weapon in my motivational arsenal:

Trippy Tunes!

This may be a little tricky to explain such a visual thing but I'll try. Some of you may already be familiar with this program for playing music on one's computer: Winamp...? www.winamp.com It's a freebie and works pretty well even for humongous music collections such as the hundreds of gigs on my external hard drive. One of the features of Winamp are the "visualizations" that others have created. Visualizations are animations which undulate, pulse, flash and MOVE to the music. Most are pretty abstract and kaleidoscopic and filled with colors, some are more descriptive such as a brilliant butterfly racing ahead of you across a field of grass or a neon roller coaster looping you through space. The cool thing about them is the sensation of MOVEMENT and my idea was to get these visualizations running with my tunes while *I* was running on my treadmill...and it WORKED! I turned all the lights off and had just my old 17" Dell laptop hooked up to my stereo and four speakers in each corner of the room and kicked out the jams! I've always enjoyed visualizations but who has the time to sit around stoner-like "oh wow man..." Guess I've still got lots of leftover 60's flower-power still kicking...lol! A house party of one!

My mind could roam with the animations while walking / jogging on the treadmill and sometimes I could associate the animation to the music, sometimes to the artist who was playing (a beautifully morphing flower for one of my favorite Santana tunes, for instance) and sometimes to the fact that I was picking up the pace to Polyethylene Pam by the Beatles, cranking up the speed as I knew it was a short song...lol!

Anyhow...some might not prescribe this as a tonic for sacking out for the night, but I'm betting I'll sleep just fine tonight...much better than I would if I was beating myself up for NOT hopping on the treadmill!

Have a great week ahead everyone!


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SHIROIHANA 4/28/2012 7:20AM

    Wow, I haven't changed my winamp skins in years! All I do now is listen to Pandora so I haven't used my own PC music player to see these visualizations. You are absolutely right tho... checking out these movements def amps you up.

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BERKCHIK 4/27/2012 4:11PM

    Did you write this AFTER your evening work out? I'm guessing you logged on to track your fitness afterwards and just HAD to write a blog about it while you were still inspired?

Very cool and inspiring and man I can picture myself there. Good description of a cool process.


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GIRANIMAL 4/26/2012 8:40PM

    "A house party of one!" emoticon

I long to have music to propel me on the bike, but alas, it's just not safe to have earbuds in riding in downtown Chicago traffic. I see lots of cyclists doing it, and I shake my head and wish them safety.

So sometimes I find myself singing to myself -- in my head or sometimes softly aloud. LOL The most recent tune stuck in my head lately while riding is Bob Seger's "Against the Wind." That should give you some idea of the weather conditions so far this spring!

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L*I*T*A* 4/24/2012 9:35AM

    thanks for the reminder and website too..
have a great week too....
blessings and hugs..............lita

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SASSYCHRIS1952 4/24/2012 7:25AM

    I go to the Winamp website every now and then, it's pretty good! May I recommend another good website to get music? It's called grooveshark (www.grooveshark.com).
We had the dark gloomy weather here last Sunday, this system should be moving out soon.

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WATERMELLEN 4/23/2012 8:20PM

Far out, man! Groovy!!

Oh, my goodness: we are the eternal boomers!! But: whatever works, and it sounds as if this does!

I really am cheering DH on in his weight loss . . . and hoping that maybe it's contagious too!!

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ZELLAZM 4/23/2012 9:58AM

    Great idea - I think I prefer the movies in my head, though. LOL Anyway, I was at a live concert recently where they had a "video artist" doing visuals on a screen behind the band. Really reminded me of the 60's and early 70's but looked great and underscored rather than distracted from the performance. I guess every trend comes around again if you wait long enough! Of course, the technology is more advanced.

Hope those dark, dreary days don't last long - they are definitely an invitation to procrastination! Thanks for the reminder to get moving - we're having one today but it's supposed to get better as the week progresses!

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Blog Roll Up (About TIME!)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

WAY overdue for a blog here...!

March was pretty awesome with opportunities for getting out on my bike and am up close to 300 miles so far this season. Here are some pics of my travels throughout our beautiful Southern Tier:

I tried to capture the Chenango River reflecting in the rising sun while cycling my way to work one morning:

Here is the Chenango River as I'm coming down the Cheri Lindsay trail with Clinton Street bridge and the office where I work on the other side of the river:

Some views of our local RiverWalk which extends through downtown Binghamton and Confluence Park where the Chenango and Susquehanna rivers join:

Atop Depot Hill Road (oof!) in Port Crane:

Dorchester Park in Whitney Point:

Sporting my new Light & Motion vis 360 on my bike helmet...can definitely notice motorists giving me more elbow room when I've got this lit up and blinking! Have learned to use my handy-dandy rear-view mirror (under $10!) perched on my glasses:

This was a particularly stunning day out on 17C around the Campville area. I know I'm biased, but it seems that when our skies are bright and sunny they have hues of blue that cannot be found ANYWHERE else!

Recently our Spinning class was moved, to my disappointment, from a room with tall glass windows overlooking our downtown RiverWalk and the view across the river, including lots of sky, sun, clouds to allow the imagination to roam.

Now? We're in an internal room with no outside windows and a row of MIRRORS in front of the class...UGH! Initially I was careful to position my Spinning bike in front of the line in between mirrors which mostly hid myself from self-scrutiny. Our Spinning instructor kindly turns the lighting on low, but we are still pretty visible in those dastardly mirrors!

Recently I decided to nudge myself and put my bike right in the front row in full view of a mirror. While I can't say I was totally kind & loving toward myself I can at least say that I was pretty impressed with my strong legs pumping me along during all the standing climbs and runs on the bike.

On a different note, I recently went to a concert in which Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary) performed locally. He's heading for 74 years old in May. What a human being! So warm & genuine! So vibrant and alive!...silly one moment and deeply profound the next. I didn't realize how much of an activist he's always been. He took turns with the audience: a request from THEM, followed by HIS choice...which was always a heartfelt, deep song with messages he was intent on conveying. He's been very active with the Occupy movement and performing at their various locales, sometimes his daughter or son joining in the fun. We recently discovered that he's returning to the Walton Theater in Walton, NY on April 28th and plan to catch him again. Peter is what I want to BE when I "grow up!" :-)

In other news...although I was less than certain about a cycling buddy being willing to join me on a tour up toward the 1,000 Islands later this summer, a few weeks ago he e-mailed me: "So how are the plans coming along for OUR trip this summer?"

This has revved me up BIGTIME! Stay tuned for more about plans for our summer cycling tour in July!


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SHIROIHANA 4/28/2012 7:22AM

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful pics, Don! Gorgeous! Can't wait to hear more about your upcoming trip...

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2BMYOWN 4/22/2012 9:29PM

    Glad your buddy isn't ditching on you and TOO COOL about seeing Peter!!! I am so jealous!! LOL I had NO idea you could even buy lights and rearview mirrors for your helmet, for pete's sake.....what WILL they think of next?? Keep it goin', sparky bud, thanx for the awesome pics! LOVED 'em!!! ( I did kinda chuckle about the mirrors in spin class, tho....but then I was always so self-conscious, I didn't even wear freaking shorts in public til I hit my 30's....lol)

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SASSYCHRIS1952 4/20/2012 2:39PM

    I enjoyed reading your blog and looking at the scenes of beautiful upstate New York! Several years ago, my husband and I were in Narrowsburg (NY), about an hour and a 1/2 southeast. We love NY state!
And how cool to see Peter Yarrow! Still going strong emoticon

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GIRANIMAL 4/20/2012 1:03PM

    Oh, Don, I am convinced I could never be mad, frustrated, sad or any other feeling less than EXUBERANT if I were fortunate enough to have that idyllic backdrop for my daily commute! (Chicago is just so much cold and gray concrete, spotted mostly by potholes. Blah.) And I think your bias is accurate -- that blue is indeed stunning!

Please report on your nifty new light after your evening ride home tonight!

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JESPAH 4/19/2012 5:57PM

    Your trip! It sounds fab. Post pics ....

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JOYATLAST 4/18/2012 1:18PM

    Dude, I want a light and motion vis 360!!!! emoticon

Seriously, I may be riding this summer just before daylight. Thanks for sharing such a visual blog!

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KAYZAKCX 4/14/2012 2:26AM

    I needed this. I haven't done any cycling since Sunday. After reading your blog, I can't wait to get out in the morning. Thanks!

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KA_JUN 4/13/2012 11:16PM

    Beautiful pics, there is really something special about enjoying our surroundings traveling by bicycle!

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SPEEDYDOG 4/13/2012 9:29PM


Stunningly beautiful photos. How great to see the legendary Peter Yarrow in concert. The man has heart and gobs of talent!

Nice ride. I am a bit jealous. I ride hard mountain trails because of where I live. I think how cool it would be to tour. Even it means close calls with idiots behind the wheels of deadly instruments, namely automobiles.

Keep on riding, my friend.

Thanks, Bruce

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OUTDOORGIRL69 4/13/2012 8:24PM

    emoticon pictures. & great Blog

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CATS_MEOW_0911 4/13/2012 8:08PM

    Thanks for sharing, Don--great pics!

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EAGLES_WINGS 4/13/2012 3:10PM

    Great blog! How beautiful! emoticon

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FRECKS96 4/13/2012 9:47AM

    Excellent pics! It really is gorgeous here! So proud to call this area home.

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HIPPICHICK1 4/13/2012 8:13AM

    Fantastic photos!! The sky is indeed a gorgeous blue. Up here in Canada our sky seems to be of a much lighter hue...today, anyway. I'm going to have to keep on eye on the sky throughout the season to compare blues! LOL!
I tried spinning the other day at the gym when I went to a class called Cardio Jam. The instructor decided that we would spend half the class spinning in honour of the big race around Lac Simon in June.
I sold my bike due to my left knee not liking it any more but hadn't ridden for over 10 years. I had to get off the spinning bike after 20 minutes cuz my knee got cranky, but I have many fond memories of riding all over the city where I grew up.
There is a 1,000 Islands in Canada between Ottawa and Toronto. Is that where you are headed this July?

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WATERMELLEN 4/12/2012 8:15PM

    So glad that you live in such a beautiful part of the world: love your pleasure in it too!

And it's great to see your new safety equipment installed and functioning for those bike rides!

Like you, I'd far rather look out the window at the gym than at myself in a mirror: but there are plenty who gaze very seriously and compacently at themselves and gotta admit, do enjoy sneaking a peek at some of these!!

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L*I*T*A* 4/12/2012 3:05PM

    what cool scenery for biking!!
way to go with those miles!!!
love Peter Paul and Mary.....
Peter is so talented saw a special about the group no too long ago...
hope your week is going well....
blessings and hugs............lita

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FERRETLOVER1 4/12/2012 2:46PM

    I really loved Peter, Paul & Mary. You are so lucky to have been able to see him in person. He impresses me as a very kind lovely man. I can't believe he's that old!!

I love when you post pictures of where you ride - you have some fantastic scenery to enjoy during your rides. I am very glad to see you wearing a light & a rear-view mirror - safety first, my SparkFriend!!

s on racking up 300 miles already this season - sounds like it's shaping up to be a great riding year for you!!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/12/2012 1:58PM

    Glad to hear that you've been racking up the miles and what beautiful scenery, nothing but packed neighborhoods and busy streets in my area. You are looking fantastic. With warm weather coming, I'm looking forward to more of you fantastic biking blogs. Glad your buddy wants to take that trip, it's so great when you have a goal and something to look forward to. Enjoy your day my friend. emoticon

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GUITARWOMAN 4/12/2012 1:40PM

    It's a lovely locale!

DH and I have driven through the Southern Tier between Toronto and NYC or New Jersey so many times, I love the names of some of the towns, like Painted Post and Horseheads! And or course Vestal, which gets a joke or two each time we pass it :-).

Wow, Peter Yarrow. Given my demographic and musical tastes, PP&M were very much in my sights back in the day. Didn't know he was an activist, reminds me of course of Pete Seeger and his work for the Hudson River.

Mary was the inspiration for me straightening my curls on more than one occasion, with that shiny fall of hair she had. I believe she has passed? Don't know about Noel....


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JLITT62 4/12/2012 1:36PM

    I was just thinking today that it's been a while . . . glad to hear it's been filled with good things!

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LKG9999 4/12/2012 1:24PM

    I got a new bike at Christmas and I'm really looking forward to new biking adventures this year. But yours look really awesome!

We toured the Thousand Islands last summer, it's really beautiful. You're going to love it!

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MYLADY4 4/12/2012 11:48AM

    Big sigh........... those are some spectacular views and I am so jealous.

It has been a bit too chilly and WINDY here to actually enjoy a good ride plus training for a half in 3 weeks but a bit of a damper on long rides.

Can't wait till training is done and I can get out again.

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VALERIEMAHA 4/12/2012 11:33AM

    WOW, what an inspiring blog in SO many ways. Love your environs, love your work locale, love knowing more about your *digs!*

And what an UPPER -- the fellow getting back to you on that awesome plan! I remember when you first were talking about it and your feeling that he wouldn't come through since you'd heard nothing back. YAY! YAY! YAY! This all brings back fond memories of my solo road trip (with bike in-tow) in 2010. DAMN! I'm bummed we didn't rendezvous then!!! The 1000 Lakes region is incredible!!! Can't remember the state park I stayed at in St. Lawrence Bay, but it was one of the many highlights, and I did LOTS of bicycling there!!!

What an awesome human being is Peter Yarrow. Thanks for even more *stuff* on that authentic, engaged soul.

Blessed be!

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DAISYBELL6 4/12/2012 10:44AM

    No wonder you bike to work! Beautiful!

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ROMANTILLY 4/12/2012 10:32AM

    Glad to see you are doing so well and leading everyone on and encouraging us all with your personal activity to beef up our own and get healthy. Beautiful pictures. I love the green. When I lived in Texas, everything was always green. Now I live in Southern Utah - a desert - and everything is brown or red. Very few trees except along the river that flows thru town. But the mountains are beautiful in their own respect and especially during the winter months when they are dotted with snow.

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Rollin' On!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Picture perfect day! Rode 12 miles into town to catch up with 8 other bike club members and did the River Road loop which I've traveled many times. Then back into town through Otsiningo park which was JAMMED with people EVERYWHERE soaking up the sun under a cloudless blue sky! Not sure how warm it got (probably well over 60), but at quarter of 9 it's still 52 degrees! Shed the windbreaker after a while early on and back to my favorite way to travel: shorts & t-shirt!

On my way looping back home I ran into 3 more cycling friends who had just finished the River Road loop too. It's a good choice as it has a nice mix of downhill fun and uphill challenges. I was pleased to see I could still get over Kattelville hill near my home while staying at the bottom of my middle gear and not having to granny gear it.

Coming back OVER that hill I had one minor mishap coming back over the hill in that I was a bit zig-zaggy and went off into the gravel and had to stop the bike before it stopped me! Thing is: I have an absolutely HORRIBLE time starting up on my bike in the middle of an uphill ride. BUT: Standing Spin Class Climb to the rescue! Managed to hop right to it!

Racked up a sweet 44 miles today and am nervously pushing myself into commuting tomorrow even if the overnight lows are 36 BRRR degrees!

Trying to beat the effects of the time change by heading to bed early...night all! Make it a SPARKED week! :-)


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SHIROIHANA 3/31/2012 8:36PM

    Wow, sounds like you did make it a SPARKED day! WTG!

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ZELLAZM 3/22/2012 4:03PM

    I missed this blog - guess I got unsubscribed - glad to see you're still posting away rolling on - can you believe that Sparkiversary #5 is coming up soon?

May all your "mishaps" be so minor!

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SASSYCHRIS1952 3/18/2012 9:01AM

    The mileage you put in with your bike rides amaze me! I said it before and I will say it again---New York state is beautiful and you are truly blessed to live there emoticon
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2BMYOWN 3/16/2012 9:24PM

    Now THAT is dedication to the max. My daughter told me about a place in town that sells awesome bikes, I'm going to pick one up and start riding it to work, too, BUT after the temps warm up to stay! LOL There is a fella around here who rides every morning, rain, snow, fog, humidity.....I always think of you when I see him go tooling by. I dunno if he's making a statement, just enjoys it, or has lost his license, I always wanna stop and ask him as I go by! LMAO But I truly admire your dedication to it all, that's something to behold, to me. Keep writing......I'm starting to get a little......****gasp****.....motiva
ted! LOL

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HIPPICHICK1 3/15/2012 11:10AM

    You are doing emoticon
It IS cold riding at this time of year, wind chill created by riding in open air factored in. Hopefully the rest of the week is warm enough for more pleasant commutes.
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EAGLES_WINGS 3/14/2012 8:00AM

    Sounds like lots of fun! Glad you are getting out! emoticon

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LMLOPEZ 3/12/2012 10:35AM

    Don, how great! Spin class is a great aide to outdoor transition :)
Hope your commute this morning was not too chilly. Warmweather around the corner!! Have a great day.

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JESPAH 3/12/2012 10:05AM

    Excellent - and great motivation for sticking with the indoor winter exercise - you USED it!!

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GIANNA345 3/12/2012 9:52AM

    Good work!

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BAZOOKABOBCAT 3/12/2012 8:52AM

    Awesome! I can't wait to get a bike this spring!

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BILL60 3/12/2012 8:48AM

    Sounds like a great ride.

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FERRETLOVER1 3/12/2012 7:20AM

    Glad you were able to stop before you fell on that gravel - gravel really hurts!

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ACIMPEGGY 3/11/2012 11:54PM

    It sounds wonderful, Don!

You have a Sparkly week, too! emoticon

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OUTDOORGIRL69 3/11/2012 10:15PM

    Sounds like you had a good day. I wish it was 52 here. 32 only.

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VALERIEMAHA 3/11/2012 9:20PM

    Picture perfect indeed. Cycle on Don, you're my cyclin' hero!

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DAYHIKER 3/11/2012 9:13PM

    It sounds like a perfect day for you--just what you've been eager for! 36 will warm up quickly once you start pedaling seriously! Have a great week Don!

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MYLADY4 3/11/2012 9:05PM

    Sounds fantastic and am jealous. Hoping to get out for a spin on Wednesday.

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Miles of Smiles!

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!


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2BMYOWN 3/16/2012 9:19PM

    Totally, totally awesome, Don. Life just don't get no better than that, does it? Kudos, sparky bud, I love hearing about your biking adventures, but I gotta be better about checking peoples' blogs, I'm always a day late and a dollar short. LOL

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EAGLES_WINGS 3/11/2012 4:01AM

    That is the way I feel about walking and of course I am so thrilled that I can do it. Nothing like the outdoors to perk you up. Glad you had an awesome time. emoticon

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ACTIVE_AT_60 3/9/2012 10:45PM

    Was planning on riding to work today - got to work and it started to snow .. then it was sunshine when I left in the pm. Can't win!!!

BTW when are listening to music - not when riding I hope!!!

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GIANNA345 3/9/2012 10:40PM

    I can relate. I feel that way about biking too. I can't say I just restarted, because I never really stopped, except for the month of February when I was injured (not bike related). Still, I feel the excitement. The days are getting longer, and the light really has an effect on me. The wind isn't as cold, and it really feels great to be outside again.

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SHIROIHANA 3/8/2012 6:53PM

    I know what you mean about having a late start to the year. I didn't run as much these past few months, but with spring quickly approaching, I see myself waking up again. Time to make 2012 a great year!

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JLITT62 3/8/2012 4:18PM

    Glad your biking season is off & "running", so to speak.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/8/2012 2:07PM

    Yeah for your first ride after a long winter, bet you felt fantastic. I feel the same way about running, it makes everything in my world complete so it's no wonder things are off kilter since my hip still giving me a fit. Many more smiles to come for the both of us.
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DAYHIKER 3/8/2012 11:54AM

    AWE. SOME. ! Glad you're back on the road that you love so much! emoticon

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HKARLSSON 3/8/2012 10:50AM

    Yay!!! Sounds like a great ride! emoticon

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LIVESTRONG2010 3/8/2012 10:02AM

    Sounds wonderful! Have a safe and fun riding season!

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BLUE3505 3/8/2012 9:43AM

    Sounds like you had a great time. I know the exact feeling you're talking about. After a short absence from the bike you begin to wonder why you bother with it, but then as soon as you get back on, it all comes back to you.

As for the butt, yeah, that takes a few rides to toughen up...

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KA_JUN 3/8/2012 9:35AM

    Yeah! Sounds like we all got a bit of the heat in the mid-Atlantic, I saw everyone and their grandmother out riding, yesterday!

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TOOTHFUL99 3/8/2012 9:07AM

    So glad you finally got out there on your bike! I remember those days of waiting all winter. I would actually have biking dreams!

Now, you can go back to being a kid on a bike!

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JESPAH 3/8/2012 8:36AM

    No flats, no falls! W00t!

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FERRETLOVER1 3/8/2012 7:43AM

    Wonderful!! So glad the good weather came to you - hopefully you can do this again today!

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KAYZAKCX 3/8/2012 4:32AM

    Man, you've got me drooling. Can't wait for my first countryside ramble of the year.

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MEGA_MILES 3/7/2012 9:48PM

    Woohoo!! The hell with the words. None required. It's about the experience. Ride on.

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SASSYCHRIS1952 3/7/2012 9:04PM

    emoticon You go Don! And thanks for sharing some more great tunes! emoticon emoticon

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BOBBYD31 3/7/2012 7:26PM

    good for you don, i have been hitting the roads for a while now (jan 33, feb 100 and 25 this month) only 10 today but is was beautiful out there. gotta get the buns of steel ready for a century

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WATERMELLEN 3/7/2012 7:16PM

    Happy New Year!!

There is just nothing like getting out in the fresh air for exercise . . . and I know how much you love your bike!

Thanks for your TUFFMUFFIN comment! He really is a terrific guy!

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Sunday @ the SparkHaven!

Monday, March 05, 2012

Since getting my stereo up & running in my workout room upstairs (what I like to refer to as my SparkHaven!) I've SO enjoyed my music while on my treadmill. Sundays seem to be my treadmill days lately as I want to save gas by not going back & forth to the fitness center.

Yesterday the snow was coming down in such huge flakes it was mesmerizing during my 'millwork to watch them blowing and swirling about.

Toward the end of my 60 minutes on the treadmill one of my favorite "pump me up" songs came on: La Fiesta! by Chick Corea & Return to Forever:


Here's another spirited rendition of La Fiesta offered by flamenco guitarist Tomatito in a duet with Dominican Republic pianist Michel Camilo:


It's a marathon 23 minutes long. After fast-forwarding through the noodling beginning things start to ramp up so I challenged myself. These days my treadmill pace has been 4-4.5 mph with an occasional few minutes at 5 mph for a short song. I decided I would wrap up my 'millwork with 18 minutes of sustained 5 mph...great push and a soggy, smiling mess when I finished! :-)

Is everyone in the northern lats getting excited? Especially those of us such as myself eagerly awaiting the arrival of daylight savings time next weekend?

After our cold blast of 12 degrees last night and tonight with highs in the 20's we are rocketing up to 50+ degrees this Weds. / Thurs.! I have a half day of comp time I'm hoping to parlay into some joyous outdoor cycling time perhaps on Thurs.? We'll see if the stars align properly...!

Off to strength training and Spinning class after work today. I'm hoping that these Spinning classes will put me a step ahead of re-acclimating myself to my bike again. Each spring I go through some niggling self-doubts about my cycling abilities as a few months off the bike leaves me feeling a bit of a stranger to my own bike! Shortly it will be time to blow through it and hit the road!

Have a great week everyone!


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2BMYOWN 3/16/2012 9:17PM

    Snow????? Isn't that a four letter word???? LMAO I get such a kick out of your tunes, Don! Thanx for being you!

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SASSYCHRIS1952 3/5/2012 9:08PM

    As always, very inspirational, great read!

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WATERMELLEN 3/5/2012 8:06PM

    Great way to motivate a great work out . . . and get into great shape for the spring cycling!!

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PUDLECRAZY 3/5/2012 4:26PM

    Sounds busy, productive, and fun!

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DAYHIKER 3/5/2012 3:35PM

    Love that "SparkHaven"! I have a love/hate relationship with my treadmill...wish it were out of the way half the year and adore it the other half! Glad you are gearing up for biking ahead of time! emoticon

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MYLADY4 3/5/2012 2:46PM

    Love my home gym to and cannot wait to be outside again after work.

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L*I*T*A* 3/5/2012 11:23AM

    wish i had a room for a treadmill...........
way to go!!!


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MEGA_MILES 3/5/2012 10:57AM

    I am so jealous!!!! It is supposed to be 60 - 65 Thursday. I have to work and won't be home till about 8:00PM.

I'll send you happy cycling vibes Thursday afternoon and you'll have to enjoy it for the best of us.

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VALERIEMAHA 3/5/2012 9:20AM

    You've empowered yourself by creative problem-solving and trouble-shooting and now you have an amazing space. Your positive Vibrations are fairly palpable, resonating ALL THE WAY to the mid-south...yeah, Don, I CAUGHT'EM!


Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations
Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations
Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations
A happenin'

Good good good good vibrations
(Oom bop bop)
(I'm pickin' up good vibrations)
It's giving me excitations
(Oom bop bop)
Good good good good vibrations
(Oom bop bop)
Shea na na...

Na na na na na
Na na na
Na na na na na
Na na na
Do do do do do
Do do do
Do do do do do
Do do do
emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JLITT62 3/5/2012 9:05AM

    Oh yeah, I'm glad thurs is a running day since it looks lime it might be the nicest day of the week! A lot of back & forth weather coming our way, tho.

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REDSHOES2011 3/5/2012 9:05AM

    emoticonget your bike ready and zoom out on it when the weather allows again!

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EAGLES_WINGS 3/5/2012 8:54AM

    I think Wed is supposed to be close to 50 degrees. I am hoping for a nice walk that day. Maybe you can log some bike miles in. If it doesn't rain ): . So, yes, looking forward to the evening light. Spring is on its way! Though the snow sure is pretty after a very light winter of snow this year but what a nice breather from last year, eh? We had mounds of it and it didn't quit. So, let's enjoy the moments and have a good day! emoticon

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    Awesome!! I wish I had a treadmill at home!

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