Friday, February 08, 2013
WAY long time no blog!
And as usual, no news is rarely good news when it comes to me. Been back-pedaling badly on the food / tracking front. The lose/regain/lose/regain cycle isn't always very predictable. Thoughts like "oh, I've lost this much weight before, I'm up for this challenge!" runs into elusive walls and barriers that weren't there before and I find out that: No, it ain't necessarily SO that I can lose weight as I have in the past...! But I keep doing my best to put one foot ahead of the other and keep a positive attitude. One song that has helped, even tho it is a breakup song, I like to play fast & loose with lyrics and often spin them to meet my needs. So Never Not Too Late, for me morphs into "hey, it's Never Not Too Late to keep working toward pulling my act together!"
You can't catch this song at YouTube, but you can play it at Matt Woods' My Space:
Working out continues to be my strong suit and is well locked-in.
Here's another song that has helped me to keep on keeping on: Mick Overman & The Maniacs - When You Are Guided By Your Heart (gotta keep living our lives with all the heart we can!)
This is a live version probably in somebody's home studio. The album version is better, but it is kind of fun to see them hamming it up.
Another upbeat tune I've enjoyed is "Amsterdam" by Box Set on their album "Thread"...you can hear a sample @ Amazon (another track that I cannot find on YouTube other than a rough live track: youtu.be/cEM0G2QKKaA Gotta get myself to Amsterdam someday...SUCH a cyclocentric city and lifestyle!
I owe these musical discoveries to Pandora and my radio station, Jazz - Folk - World Music:
I've enjoyed a few workout challenges here & there. The other day I just finished working up a good sweat on the elliptical for a half hour. I was going to head to the Spinning room for another half hour of my own workout as the Spinning bikes ride so much more like my road bike than the regular stationary bikes. But OOPS! I began seeing some of the others who frequent the Spinning class with me and I remembered: Oh yes...tonight's the ADVANCED Spinning class I usually can't take due to a conflict which I happened to not have on this night.
What the heck, so what I'm already 1/2 whupped from the elliptical workout? :-) Whew...! Advanced Spinning has a lot more time up outta the saddle, with more resistance and very little recovery time.
Yesterday I read GREENGENES blog in which he ever-so-ho-hum mentions spending 70 minutes on his treadmill, reminding me of my record 80 mins. once upon a time. With all my time at the fitness center my treadmill has been gathering a bit o' dust. Tonight with the snow coming I didn't want to stay out at the fitness center and risk a slippery ride home so I decided I would head up to my SparkHaven workout room, kick out the jams on my quad-speaker stereo set up and fire up ye olde treadmill and see how it goes. I did 45 mins. on it last weekend. Was able to toss 60 mins. in the hopper tonight and felt pretty good. We have our Binghamton Bridge Run in May and I'll be doing it again for the 3rd year in a row. I am not a runner (11 min. mile is as good as it gets, which is fine by me) and it doesn't come easily, but I figure it's good to mix it up with some other workouts sometimes. So I make a commitment to doing this one 5K each year.
In other ways I keep myself hopping. Managed to catch up with others at a local anti-fracking rally recently and I'm planning to head to Wash. DC for the Forward on Climate rally with Sierra Club & Co on Feb 17th. They were kind enough to arrange for a bus from our area down to DC...we'll be leaving at 5 am returning at 10:30 pm...long day! Lotsa walking & new sites! Haven't been out & about in DC since I was a kid!
This Sunday the concert event of the YEAR awaits! Luciana Souza and Romero Lubambo are playing their Brasilian Duets at our local SUNY Binghamton University! This music is heavenly! These artists represent two of the best of Brasil and the bossa nova grooves are gonna put me on cloud 9 for days if not weeks! YouTube either or both of these artists to see how superb and heartfelt their performances are! I'll be catching it with an old friend who joined me back in 2007 when Romero Lubambo was in our area with his Trio Da Paz (Trio Of Peace).
One of my favorite songs sung by Luciana is with another great Brasilian guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves, Morrer De Amor (To Die Of Love):
Her final note just pierces my heart with its beauty!
Rambling on, wrapping up with just a note of gratitude: Not that New England really WANTS all the snow they've got coming their way, but my cross country skis are getting QUITE restless & itchy tonight, nipping at my heels, hoping New England didn't snatch ALL the snowfall for themselves and that there will be enough to allow us to get out at least ONCE more this year tomorrow! :-)
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Got the results on my 5K run:
Nettime Guntime Pace Div/Tot Sex/Tot Div
34:22 34:54 11:14 34/43 265/327 538 out of 784
Last year I found a number which was called the "Overall Finish Time" of 35:03
So I'm not sure whether "Nettime" or "Guntime" is the right time to compare this to but it looks like I managed to shave a few seconds off the total.
It strikes me as funny & odd how within ALL the variables that can transpire during the course of a year somehow my 5K time remains so consistent.
Go figure! :-)
No complaints...very pleased with my 5K!
Now: back to the bike and racking up some miles! I'm up over 400 miles so far this year, but really haven't been consistently getting on my bike as much as I'd like to due to weather, late-night work, etc. Hoping things will "open up" soon!
Monday, May 07, 2012
Everything pulled together for a picture-perfect day during yesterday's Binghamton Bridge Run!
I was still a little sore from that pull in my thigh from Friday's run, despite not running Saturday...but thankfully I had recovered well enough that it didn't feel like it held me back in the least! Got up, cycled 10 miles to Binghamton headed over to see if I could catch up with other local Sparkers, either to applaud the Half-Marathoners as they pulled in across the finish line or to chit-chat with others like myself who were waiting for the 5K. Found NIKANN7493 who had spotted FRECKS96 & LADYGWEN25 out on their HM. It was cool to see the different styles of "finishes" that the HMers had as they came down their home stretch. Unfortunately I didn't catch OUR HM superstars as it was time for us doing the 5K to queue up. I DID catch one of our local bike club members arrive, however, which was cool.
Another VERY cool thing was to have the mayor of Binghamton pull up beside me to applaud the runners. Was he in a limo or snazzy car? Heck no! He was riding his bike with helmet, shorts and t-shirt! Way to be a terrific role model Mayor Ryan!!
Here's some pics in our local newspaper's coverage of the event:
As I was waiting to get started in the 5K queue VARMINT3 found me and it was cool to finally meet each other as we previously only connected via SP.
I kept a nice, steady pace and found myself able to push a little here and there by siting someone ahead of me who was moving at a similar pace and thinking: okay, how about seeing if you can kick it up just enough to pass them by...? Some were alternating between jogging and walking and I smiled to myself as I passed them by as it seemed to spur them back into action and off they'd go jogging again! I was hoping to be able to pour on the steam near the end, but hadn't quite left enough gas in the tank to pull that off. But overall I was pleased with my run. What was my time? You'll have to stay tuned as I didn't notice...was too focused on crossing the finish line...!
I was pleasantly surprised to find myself passing by a few folks I knew as I'd always thought that they were better runners than yours truly. Yet another example of how overly critical of myself I can be...!
I am so proud of all us local members! Way to SPARK...ANGARONE, BAM-MA, FRECKS96, LADYGWEN25, NIKANN7493 and VARMINT3!!
If you can, swing by their SparkPages and give 'em a round of applause, high fives and WOO HOOs!
Cycled on home afterward and later spent a couple hours mowing the lawn.
Was I ever ready for a good night's sleep!
Have a terrific week everyone...! Off to Spinning class tonight!
Saturday, May 05, 2012
Wonderful time had by all today!
Started off with a great breakfast at the Pickle Hill Bed & Breakfast with lots of home-prepared food, including freshly cut up fruit, mango smoothies, quiche, home-baked muffins, lots of strong black coffee with a big dose of friendly conversation and learning all about this historic building which had been restored and received guests from around the globe. Oh, and the price? $5 in the basket.
Off we went to burn up our breakfast on two wheels, enjoying conversation with each other...especially a new member who was just brimming over with enthusiasm and had fond memories as a teen-ager of riding up to the 1,000 Islands area.
After the River Road loop we noodled down through our local farmer's market where they were giving away seeds for vegetables. Someone remembered that today was the ribbon-cutting on a new park that was being celebrated today so on we went to check it out and I scored refills of spring water for my bottles and an apple & orange.
Bidding farewell to the club members I headed over to pick up my 5K race packet for tomorrow and bumped into a fellow local Sparker who is returning for the 5K tomorrow as well as another bike club member who hadn't been on the ride today but will be running tomorrow. Later I discovered ANOTHER SP member is returning TOO, so we'll have a bit of an entourage! Woo hoo!
All of this riding and noodling about town made me feel a bit like a kid when I was growing up on the south side of Chicago and rode my bike all over to do SO many different, fun and cool things.
Now I'm heading up to bed to get a good night's sleep so I'm ready to ride my bike back into town (10 miles) and hopefully catch the Half-Marathon-ers on their way into the finish line before us 5K-ers get on our marks and GO!
Still a bit sore, and realizing I may just have to walk some of my 5K...we'll see...ah well, I'll still be THERE and giving it my best shot!
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