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!
Saturday, April 27, 2013
My idea of a "functional workout" is one where I'm accomplishing something beyond working my body. You know, stuff like shoveling snow, mowing the lawn, moving a couple tons of 40# wood pellet bags, etc. One addition to the list in the past has been what I call "greencycling" which has been my strategy for bringing my car to the mechanic for servicing: bring the bike along, drop the car off, ride my bike to work and then back to pick up the car afterward.
Well today another opportunity presented itself so I took the challenge! My original plan was after joining with the bike club on the roadside clean up this morning I would take the car to the shop, which happens to be at the north end of Otsiningo Park, and then go for another 5K jog through the park while they were working on the car.
Problem was: they were backed up and would probably not get my car done until way later in the day.
So with nary a skip in my beat I came up with Plan B: Jog back home! It can't be TOO much further than the 5K I had intended to do anyway, right? Well it WAS a tad further...6 miles! And I managed to jog nearly the whole distance. The two times I walked: one of the bike club members caught up with me after this morning's ride and rode along side me while we chatted for a few...it was good to catch up with him. Plus on the way DOWN Kattelville hill I walked (after having jogged UP!). For some reason I would rather jog up hills than down...don't feel like I can manage my pace well while jogging down a steeper grade.
It was nice to jog back by the roadside our club had spruced up so well earlier today! :-)
I was a bit torn in deciding whether or not to join the club in the post clean up ride in that it was precisely the ride I thought I might do to get back on my back at long last...relatively flat, low traffic, good road conditions. But two things held me back: getting the car serviced & feeling a need to do my first ride of the year privately just in case I do something silly from lack of riding...rather work out the kinks without an audience...lol!
I spoke with another bike club member who takes anti-coagulants and he just gets on the bike and rides the same as ever, packing no first-aid kit at ALL!
So the question now is: do I let 'em keep the car overnight and jog back tomorrow to pick it up? OR...drum roll...do I just get back on that bike with "precautions" packed in my pannier such as band-aids, cloths and the like...?
Stay Tuned and Stay Sparked!
ps...and OH MY what PERFECT weather to savor out there!! Cloudless, sunny blue, low 60s...YES!
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Too long no blog!
In responding to someone else's blog I had some thoughts on hunger: Hunger is such a tricky thing...I can set myself up with BUSHELS of veggies for snacking and later still find myself "hungry" for calorie-dense foods of some sort. Yet, if I stop myself and reflect on whether or not I'm hungry I realize I'm stuffed to the gills with veggies! How can I be "hungry?" When I think it over I realize it's not true hunger, but a "mouth" hunger or "habit" hunger and with a pause and a little self-awareness I can side-step it, although it isn't always easy!
I've been reading a little bit about intermittent fasting lately and thinking this might be worth trying short-term as a means of shaking things up in the food department and was further surprised over the LACK of hunger during my 24+ hours of fasting earlier this week. One after-effect of fasting for me is a greater investment into sticking with a healthy eating plan afterward: how can I allow myself to slip and cancel any benefits from my fast by choosing an unhealthy food or too large a portion? I'll see how this goes.
I'm still off the bike...anti-coagulant paranoia is keeping me away from road cycling so far. But it is not without a struggle and a yearning as I read about my bike club's outings. I may consider allowing myself some shorter, safer routes with less potential for mishaps. Not that my rides have ever been fraught with trouble. But one slip, cut, bump could potentially land me in the emergency room...all-too-sobering a thought! A senior member of the bike club at least recruited me to SAG for the Great Finger Lakes Bicycle Tour in early June (ALWAYS a great time, super riding and super price! Check it out: www.southerntierbicycleclub.org/grea
tfingerlakestour.html ) It will feel good to at least be a part of things. In the meantime I've been getting a lot of Spinning and elliptical cardio with my 3x weekly ST AND, shifting to the outdoors for...
Preparing for my upcoming one & only 5K of the year at the Binghamton Bridge Run early May: www.binghamtonbridgerun.org/
As I know I've said many times...not a runner, but I feel that dedicating myself to one 5K yearly is at least a way of "mixing it up" with my workouts and hopefully catching up with some other local Sparkers! Plus another great thought inspired by VHALKYRIE: Let's keep Boston in mind during our running efforts and channel our outrage over such horrific behaviors and fuel our runs with defiance and celebration of our freedoms and our drive to be as healthy as possible!
Keep The Spark!
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
...but it's a good-feeling fatigue!
It was back to the fitness center today for my full cardio / ST routine. After being away for 3 weeks I knew I would have to scale back and I did...12 instead of 15 reps for each set and during my 30 mins. elliptical and 30 mins. spin bike I totally ignored the numbers and did what I felt I could do.
...and WOW am I wasted! It makes me better appreciate the level of fitness I had achieved in the past...and will again in short order!
Had hoped to get back to Swing Dance tonight:
But that will have to wait till next Tues. after I switch my ST to Mon. so I still have "gas in the tank" for my dancing shoes! :-)
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