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Never Not Too Late

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! :-)


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PATRICIAAK 2/8/2013 11:24PM

    double post - hm-m-m

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The More Things Change...

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!


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CANBDONE 10/8/2012 8:47AM

    Your passion for biking and your quest for wellness is very motivating! Thanks for the "spark"... emoticon

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TAHOART 6/20/2012 4:52PM

    I am thrilled for you, DDOORN, and I can see that you are celebrating your wonderful accomplishments in this event. Way to go! Can't wait to hear about other successes you have yet to experience.

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SASSYCHRIS1952 5/31/2012 7:43PM

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CATS_MEOW_0911 5/26/2012 11:57PM

    Sorry this is belated, but a big CONGRATS to you, Don!

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2WHEELER 5/18/2012 2:18PM

    Nice race! Wish I had 400 miles on my bike this year. Plan to see big jumps in mileage now that I'm not training for any races.

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GIANNA345 5/18/2012 12:32PM

    Good work on both the biking and the running fronts!

FYI, today Bike to Work day, and it is the first anniversary of when I started biking to work. I'm so glad I started!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/14/2012 11:24AM

    emoticonthat's excellent time. Hope everything opens up for ya soon, I know how much you love biking.

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WATERMELLEN 5/11/2012 10:26PM

    You've been doing great . . . and however your own "guy" metabolism works, you're definitely giving it all the assistance it requires!!

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SHIROIHANA 5/9/2012 5:20PM

    400 miles! Don, WTG!! I've never heard of gun time, nettime, just finish time. That's a great overall time for a 5K. Great job Don! I hope your schedule opens up for more miles on the road.

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APPYMORGAN 5/9/2012 11:07AM

    WOO HOO! I can't wait to do my first 5K and get my results. I think most runners concern themselves with the pace time. I am on a couple lists and thats what they always post. Maybe compare your pace time from last year.
Have a great bike ride!! And a great day

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BKWERM 5/9/2012 11:03AM

    Congratulations, Don!

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YESCURLYCAN 5/9/2012 9:18AM

  Fantastic job! emoticon I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you that some things do open up.

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Sparking The Binghamton Bridge Run: 5K #2 Nailed!

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!


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NIKANN7493 5/11/2012 11:12AM

    Awww... thanks for the shout out! It was alot of fun, and I'm going to run again next year. Haven't decided if it would be the half or the 5k...

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SHIROIHANA 5/9/2012 5:21PM

    A BIG emoticon to you for the 5K!!!
Thanks for sharing your report.

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CATS_MEOW_0911 5/8/2012 2:09PM

    Way to go, Don!

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KA_JUN 5/8/2012 1:16PM

    Great report! Sounds like a great day all around!

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SASSYCHRIS1952 5/8/2012 11:04AM

    This blog made my day emoticon Right now, I am in the process of going to the spark pages of your local members to offer up my congratulations emoticon

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JESPAH 5/8/2012 9:09AM

    How fab!

I do so love 5Ks. At this point in time, they are one of my main offline forms of entertainment, either to run them, recover from them or prepare for them. There's just something about pinning a number on.

Sounds to me like you were fantastic - I am guessing a 25 minute or so finish? Let me know at your leisure.

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DEBRA0818 5/7/2012 10:07PM

    Sounds like a lot of fun! Congratulations on a successful race!


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CRAVINGLIFE 5/7/2012 8:43PM

    What an exciting day for you! Congratulations!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/7/2012 8:17PM

    Is your next move a Sprint distance tri? Woo-hoo! emoticon on your fine outing!

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WATERMELLEN 5/7/2012 8:13PM

    So cool: to bike there and back too! Your mayor obviously gets it!!

And I know what you mean about "overly critical" of ourselves . . . yes we are!!

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TOOTHFUL99 5/7/2012 6:23PM

    Sounds like it was a great day, Don!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/7/2012 3:59PM

    emoticon You are shining example of a true SPARKER.

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BLUE3505 5/7/2012 3:43PM

    Biking to and then home from a run? Dang. That's hardcore.

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood!

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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SHIROIHANA 5/9/2012 5:23PM

    Mmm, that breakfast sounded delish! Glad you had a nice day Don. :)

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/7/2012 2:30PM

    Biking and running - dude you rock. How'd the 5K go??? I was thinking of you while on my run Saturday.

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GIANNA345 5/6/2012 11:00AM

    Sounds great! Where is this taking place? You make wish I was there too.

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TOOTHFUL99 5/6/2012 8:51AM

    Spending the day on my bike is one of my favorite things to do. You're right. It's like being a kid again. What a lovely day you had!

Good luck on your 5k! Keep us posted!

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SASSYCHRIS1952 5/6/2012 8:46AM

    It sounds like you had a great time! Once again the best of luck on the 5K emoticon

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BILL60 5/6/2012 7:24AM

    You're having way too much fun. The best on your 5K.

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DINGALLSTOO 5/5/2012 10:31PM

    I am signed up for the 5K but then DD #2 planned the baby's christening in New Rochelle.....have fun, I'll be thinking of all my spark buddies and especially Frecks.

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FRECKS96 5/5/2012 10:07PM

    What a wonderful day! So glad you enjoyed it so much. Good Luck tomorrow!

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TONYVAND1 5/5/2012 9:59PM

  Sounds like fun Thanks

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Friday, May 04, 2012

Well I went and probably overdid it...nailed a 5K each day this week and 3/4 of the way through tonight's jog a muscle along my inner thigh hurt in a way that it didn't seem wise to push it...so walked to the end...long strides to stretch that muscle. Lots of stretching afterward.

Have noticed a HUGE spike in runners around, imagine many are gearing up for Sunday.

No jog tomorrow, but around 40 miles of cycling. Will take it easy and not push myself. Can't miss breakfast out with the bike club! It's at a local B & B I hadn't heard of before and can't quite place where it might be. It's in a location where I know I've been by it only a zillion times, however not knowing it was a B & B:


I pick up the packet for the Binghamton Bridge Run tomorrow after the ride.

Depending on how I feel on Sunday I'm toying with the notion of riding my bike into town for the run. I've checked with the fitness center about leaving my pannier and helmet there and it's fine with them...so we'll see!

Early one tomorrow...heading out for the ride @ 7!

Night all, make it a weekend filled with SPARK!


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BOBBYD31 5/5/2012 8:36PM

    have a good ride don, i hope to do the same tomorrow. hope the leg is ok just a few days rest will do wonders

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VEEJAY3 5/5/2012 3:20PM

    You're having so much fun!!
I rode to Denver's Wash Park this morning, and they were having the annual "Furry Scurry" ... an event for dogs and their humans. There was so much fun activity going on, and everything is so beautiful ... I've never been a runner (and now never will be: bad knee), but I'm so addicted to going everywhere on my bike. Can't remember when I bought a tank of gas.

Have a fantastic summer of running and riding.

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L*I*T*A* 5/5/2012 11:47AM

    enjoy your ride/run Saturday...
all the best...blessings and hugs...............lita

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JLITT62 5/5/2012 4:46AM

    Hope you have a good ride today & fun on Sunday!

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APPYMORGAN 5/4/2012 10:58PM

    Wow! a runner now too. Sounds like a blast. I am just starting to look for a Bike now. I need to find a good multipurpose bike for trails and street.
Cool running, take care of your leg and have a great weekend!

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EAGLES_WINGS 5/4/2012 10:10PM

    Enjoy your weekend. Seems like you have awesome plans! Hope your breakfast is delightful and that the race goes well for you. Take care of your leg!

Best wishes, Karen

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