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:
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!
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!
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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