Friday, May 17, 2013
How is a body with bicycle wheels thrumming through his soul NOT going to ride his bike to work on National Ride Your Bike To Work Day? Which ALSO happens to be the last day of National Ride Your Bike To Work Week? Which ALSO falls within May, which is National Bike Month?!
Such a glorious & wonderful ride it was too! I quickly blew past the pre-ride jitters of preparation and mental checklist, remembering to take everything I needed for the long day ahead, including the tissues in both pockets to deal with the sweet, welcome mess of watery eyes and runny nose that I know the chilly mid-40's morning air will bring on... :-)
Breathing deeply and savoring the morning sun, blue skies while riding through Otsiningo Park and past the geese lazing in the tall grass beside the Chenango River in Cheri Lindsay Park. Greeting walkers with a cheery "Good Morning" instead of the rote harumphh of "on your left"...just filled with good will toward the whole planet!
For my first ride it will be a bit of a challenge getting home tonight as I see a couple of clients after work and won't hit the road until 7:30 pm, but there will still be light and I have my bright red t-shirt & trusty Light & Motion vis 360 atop my helmet:
Have a GREAT day everyone and if you can, get on your bikes, ride safe and follow Joseph Heller's advice: "When I grow up I want to be a little boy!"
Sunday, May 05, 2013
Another year, another 5K has come and gone.
Yes I've committed to doing this one 5K a year for the past 3 years to "mix it up" and challenge myself in a way that is out of the ordinary for myself.
While it IS a good idea to mix it up, I got to thinking about another reason this 5K feels like a worthwhile commitment to me: it reminds me of what I can physically DO now that I COULDN'T do at 300+, certainly not 400+ pounds...and that is WAY worthy of CELEBRATING! :-)
And you know...I have no crystal ball, and heaven forbid the thought, but there may come a day when for who-knows-what-reason when I WON'T be able to jog a 5K. All the more reason to do it while I can and at least have the memory of it.
As I did last year, I rode my bike the 10 miles into town for the 5K and rode it back home afterward. And THEN got out to mow the lawn! Lots of go, go, go that has me WAY whupped! But it was a super day out in the sunshine!
Here's a coupla pics...the line up for the 5K:
and a post-5K sweaty Don:
Make it a week ahead filled with SPARK!
Sunday, April 28, 2013
What a RIDE!
Within the first mile I was all choked up, tearful and just filled to overflowing with pure JOY! I had forgotten, but then remembered: I've felt this way before. A time that seemed so long ago. No nattering inside the head, no distractions, just me, my bike, the road, sun, the big blue sky and a heart that was filled to overflowing. I was part of the world and the world was part of me. Although the intensity of this joy would ebb and flow with my ride it was there throughout.
Thank you VALERIEMAHA for the idea of "portable joy," which I kept tucked away during my ride. How can I HOLD this feeling inside, make it portable, like a valuable gem to take out like worry stones, except let's rename them JOYFUL stones...? During tough times I must remember this experience, hold and savor it to rejuvenate myself during difficult times.
Sharing some wisdom from Simon & Garfunkel: Preserve Your Memories...
We all have experiences that unlock such joy within ourselves. Take time to immerse yourself, savor, and never, never forget: Preserve Your Memories...
Here's a few pics from my 24 mile ride today. I truly didn't want to come home. I just wanted to ride, ride and ride some more!
I rode to Whitney Point intially planning only to hit the edge of town and turn back for home. Yeah. RIGHT! I knew when I arrived I had to get up to Dorchester Park...the jewel of the county! The hills entering the front of the park were too daunting to consider, so I went the back way past the school. The above pic is from the picnic area in the park. I was pleased to find myself more capable than I've been during other first rides of the year, not having to downshift as much as I thought I would (thank you Spin Class, elliptical & jogging!)
Now LEAVING the park out the main entrance onto route 26 would mean some climbing, but it would bring me to the overlook, where I could soak up the wonderful view over the village, lake, dam and park. I just couldn't deprive myself of that!
I enjoyed chatting with a few folks who were sitting in benches taking in the day and the view also.
Here's a shot of the river on the way home...although we're into April the joy captured in this Brasilian rendition of Waters Of March by Oscar Castro-Neves couldn't be more fitting:
There was a bit o' headwind, and although I played it safe with the middle ring on the way up to the park, coming home it was the big ring, strong quads, confidence and a heart filled with the day!
Find your joy people, savor, celebrate and preserve it!
ps...had a towel and some band aids packed in my pannier. No falls, no wobbles, no lumps, bumps and elephants...all my apprehensions just blew away!
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