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!
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!
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