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Ride of Silence

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Just a quickie here as pressed for time, but wanting to get this out while the Ride of Silence is fresh in our memories.

VERY nice coverage from our local media:




Plus, unbeknownst to me at the time (DOH!) while on our ride I briefly met in passing, another local BIGTIME Sparker: STRIVERONE:


It was great to re-connect with many of my local bike club. In addition other local bike clubs joined forces with our Ride of Silence, the Tioga Velo Club and the Finger Lakes Cycling Club. PLUS there were so many appreciative members of the extended Rice family and the deaf community who so beloved our sadly departed Dottie Rice who was an instructor and interpreter for the deaf community.

There have been many bike club members who stopped riding their bikes since Dottie's death and her husband gave a wonderful speech in which he said with such heart and conviction that Dottie would love nothing better than to see us all BACK ON OUR BIKES and celebrating the JOY of LIFE ON TWO WHEELS!

To put in better perspective the wonderful success of our local Ride of Silence I recently heard from another member of SparkPeople who participated in their Ride of Silence down D.C. way.

Guess how many turned out for their event? Remember this is Washington D.C., the place you hear so much buzz about how cyclo-centric their metropolis has become...!


No news coverage whatsoever.

The press last covered their Ride of Silence TWO YEARS AGO!

Compare that to Binghamton's 200 attendees STRONG and FULL media coverage!

Now: is there ANY doubt that Dottie's spirit was with us in FULL FORCE?!?

What a wonderful evening it was for everyone there and hat's off again to everyone's heart-felt and concerted efforts in creating such a special time for our community!

Ride on!


PS...Oh and a VERY important afterthought: tomorrow is National Bike to Work Day! Yours truly is STRONGLY tempted by this and sorely misses his cycling commutes...stay tuned to see if I follow through! And if you can, I urge EVERYONE to bike to work tomorrow!



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JOYATLAST 7/16/2013 8:59AM

    A Ride of Silence is tough.

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PATRICIAAK 5/18/2013 5:16AM

    Thank-you for riding and sharing.

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CHANGE4FIT 5/17/2013 9:12AM

    Sounds like a wonderful event. What a legacy for this woman's family to embrace. Glad you are getting in more time on two wheels!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 5/17/2013 6:23AM

    Thanks for doing this Don. Thanks for posting it as well. I am glad it was so well attended. Had I not been on call I would have been riding as well. I did not see any press here - although we have a few newspeople who are cyclists. - Unfortunately what you see on the news are the choice of the newsdirectors.

Again - thanks for riding!

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VALERIEMAHA 5/16/2013 3:45PM

    You're out there doin' it again on your trusty steed. That's HUGE! And what an awesome event, dedicated to beloved member, Dottie. Your bike club is a special one, for sure. Ours is much less active and less cohesive. We do a few events here-and-there, with two coming up, that I hope to be a part of.

Here's to Rockin'n'Rollin'!

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RACEWELLWON 5/16/2013 3:40PM

    What a wonderful way to remember , nice Don - Thanks for sharing . emoticon

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Celebrating the Possible!

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!


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JOYATLAST 7/16/2013 9:04AM

    You ROCK!

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ON2VICTORY 5/24/2013 9:41AM

    Way to go Don! I love the enthusiasm :)

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OUTDOORGIRL69 5/17/2013 9:31PM

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You have accomplished a lot with your journey in 3 years. Like I said before you are such a great inspiration to me and everyone on Spark People. It is people like you that keep me going when I want to give up being all I keep doing is gaining & not loosing.

A big emoticon to you. Hope the darling wife don't mind.

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WATERMELLEN 5/9/2013 9:06PM

    I'm glad you are revelling in you ability to do it: yay you! Love the pictures. (I can't run a 5K myself anymore . . . and so wish that I could. XC skiing and golf and elliptical don't really substitute!)

It takes quite a lot to persuade me that a person is not a good person . . . and that's mostly because I'm happier believing most people want to be good people and in fact will be if given a chance . . . and then maybe another chance or two. Just like when I screw up I appreciate another chance or two! Or three . . . .

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FITMOMINNJ 5/9/2013 3:28PM

    Totally awesome:) Love the pictures too!!! You have every right to celebrate how far you have come:) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2BMYOWN 5/6/2013 7:16PM

    You go, guy! emoticon

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1EMMA2011 5/6/2013 10:40AM

    emoticon Awesome Job!!

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JLITT62 5/6/2013 10:02AM

    Hmmm, your sweaty shot is MUCH better than mine!

I could deal with a time that wasn't what I wanted - but it's not much fun to be on vacation & not able to walk much, but this too shall pass.

Thanks for your support!

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CHANGE4FIT 5/6/2013 9:36AM

    CONGRATULATIONS, Don! Always inspiring!
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HIPPICHICK1 5/6/2013 8:37AM

    Wow!! Amazing!
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DAWNSJOURNEY 5/6/2013 7:59AM

    That sounds like a great way to spend the day !! How great to have the energy to do it all.


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DEBRA0818 5/6/2013 7:04AM

    You have some MAJOR energy, Don, which means you're doing something incredibly right in your life plan. It's such an impressive feat of tri-athlete exercises for one day!

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PMRUNNER 5/6/2013 5:34AM

    Sounds like a great, active day!

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LUVLYLORELEI 5/6/2013 12:13AM

    Wow! That's quite a workout! emoticon

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STRIVERONE 5/6/2013 12:06AM

    Over 2000 people got to remind themselves of what they were capable at the Binghamton Bridge Run Sunday. Great weather, great race, and incidentally, great portrait of Don Doorn.

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VALERIEMAHA 5/5/2013 11:40PM

    I'm inspired!

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ROMANTILLY 5/5/2013 11:09PM

    What a great looking young man. You look so good now. You are an inspiration to all of us. Keep up the good work.

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PATRICIAAK 5/5/2013 11:08PM

    Sounds like you did a unique triatholon today. Ride, run and mow (instead of swim)!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 5/5/2013 10:33PM

    Congrats ... from an older (than you) man who still feel the spark and ability to swim, ride, and run

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Returning to the Scene of The Joy

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A sad day today as the senior member of our feline clan has passed away. Following my proper last rites in the back yard, marking his passing with a large stone, DW & I went to our jewel of the county: back to Dorchester Park to soak up the peace and serenity of Mother Earth and celebrate the ongoing life-death cycle:

I jogged up around the park to keep building up for my 5K on Sunday. Going up the hill atop the ridge along the dam with the high school football game sprawling to my left and to the right the lake calmly lapping the shore with the occasional geese or boy fishing along the shore and ahead of me the rolling green hills of spring unfurled with such splendor. I was filled once again to overflowing with a similar joy to my ride this past Sunday. "We Live Here" by the Pat Metheny Group was playing on my Sansa Clip:


This only added to the sense of immediacy to my experience as the song conjures for me a feeling of connectedness to the world, to each other. We Live Here: all of us, we are in this together! Such vibrant urgency to the percussion and Metheny's guitar soaring over lends a sense of being a condor with wings outstretched.

Near the end of my jog my Sansa ran out of juice which was perfect timing as I could rest on the pier swaying slightly which you can sense in this mini-clip I took of my surroundings (I'm hoping this link works):

Stop. Shhh. Breathe. Deeply. Listen to the silence...



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2WHEELER 5/11/2013 5:18PM

    So sorry for your loss. Pets are dear members of our families. What a wonderful run--there is so much beauty in the world for us to enjoy, if only we'll slow down to truly see it.

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2BMYOWN 5/6/2013 7:31PM

    Awwwww, I'm so sorry. That is always so sad. emoticon

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CHANGE4FIT 5/2/2013 8:12PM

    So sorry to hear about your feline family member. Pets bring so much to our lives and ask for so very little in return. Beautiful post.
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HIPPICHICK1 5/2/2013 11:14AM

    My sincerest condolences on the passing of your pet.
You're a very descriptive writer and I was on that jog around the lake with you.

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RAINBOWFALLS 5/2/2013 1:46AM

    Beautiful... the simple things in life

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WATERMELLEN 5/1/2013 9:26PM

    It is so hard to lose a beloved pet. I'm glad you found a place of peace

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_VALEO_ 5/1/2013 12:16PM

    emoticon Sorry for the loss of your furry companion. What a touching tribute to your senior feline!

The song (that I didn't know) is totally riveting and immersive. I feel a sense of emergency and it ends so abruptly. There is a subtle hint of sadness. I am not going to overanalyze it. In two words: Beautifully sad.

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L*I*T*A* 5/1/2013 11:54AM

    sorry to hear od your loss.......
pets are so part of a family...

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JLITT62 5/1/2013 8:20AM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Simba's loss is still fresh in my mind - obviously, as it was part of today's blog!

They give us equal amounts of joy & heartache.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 5/1/2013 6:51AM

    So hard losing kitties.

But even worse for the ones whose owners pass away, I imagine...

Hang in there Don.

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BEATLETOT 5/1/2013 3:31AM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. I admire you for honoring his memory in such a beautiful, active way.

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VALERIEMAHA 4/30/2013 11:32PM

    Om Shanthi Shanthi Shanthi. Beautiful in so many awys.

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PATRICIAAK 4/30/2013 10:46PM

    You have my condolences.
What a fabulous way to honor his passing.

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Portable Joy: Preserve Your Memories...

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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_VALEO_ 4/30/2013 8:22PM

    I also like the idea of "portable joy" mentioned by Valerie. Glad to see it "in action" though your ride, and I'm happy to see you ride again.

Thanks for sharing this beautiful rendition of Waters Of March!

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WATERMELLEN 4/30/2013 6:06PM

    Just love this blog . . . love the pics (of you and the scenery), love the concept of "portable joy". I'm gonna be carrying that one away with me!!

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DEBRA0818 4/29/2013 3:46PM

    Sounds like a joy-filled day with you and your bike becoming one with the elements. Happy pictures of you testify to how important this aspect of your life is.


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So happy for you!!

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CHANGE4FIT 4/29/2013 9:10AM

WOW-I am so glad you got in such a great ride. In your words..."Savor"....and thanks for the reminder to treasure these moments and the feelings that accompany them. I often think of the passage in the Bible that says "...and Mary hid these things in her heart..." As I get older, I think I understand this so much better.
The photos are gorgeous. We traveled through upstate NY a few years back on our way home from the Canadian side of Niagara Falls-absolutely stunning country.

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JLITT62 4/29/2013 5:19AM

    Glad you were able to get out in the beautiful sunshine & enjoy that stress busting' ride!

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VALERIEMAHA 4/28/2013 11:34PM

    YIPPEE! I went ona wonderful ride today, after holing away for several days. Nothing like it.

Love it...your joy stones, to have available during the down times...YES!

I wish you'd change your profile photo to the last one in the blog. It's more current and it's FANTASTIC! You look terrific!!! (Actually either one in this blog...I just happen to be partial to the last one, for some reason.)

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STRIVERONE 4/28/2013 11:04PM

    A friend of mine was in the sprint triathlon at Dorchester Park last year. I rode and ran over the course with him a few times so I know whereof you speak. What a fantastic day and place to get back on the horse. Here's to a great season of riding.

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PATRICIAAK 4/28/2013 10:40PM

    glad you're riding again

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ELRIDDICK 4/28/2013 10:36PM

  Thanks for sharing

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Functional Workouts: Love 'em!

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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WATERMELLEN 4/30/2013 6:07PM

    Came to this late -- so glad you're back on the bike (and sensibly, with the precautions just in case . . . . ). Best of all possible worlds, right??

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LUVLYLORELEI 4/28/2013 8:55PM

    That's a great idea for when the car needs work! Awesome! I can't yet use my regular bike yet, I'm a bit too big for it and I think it'll not survive the ride if I tried, nor would I, but that really is a great idea - one I'll be saving for my future.

No matter what you decide to, it sounds like you've got some great ideas! Enjoy the biking! Awesome! emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 4/28/2013 10:14AM

    When I take my Jeep in to get serviced I got for very long walks on a bike/walking path along the highway and pick up trash!
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BUSYGRANNY5 4/28/2013 8:35AM

    Great blog! Sounds like you are ready for the bike... be prepared and have fun!!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/28/2013 8:29AM

    "Functional workouts" That's the ideal. Kind of like what previous generations had to do. Nice blog.

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NADINEL 4/28/2013 1:07AM

    I think you should just keep your cell PHONE on hand and get on your bike and ride! BE careful, but have fun!
(keep the cell PHONE in case you need medical help - and IF you do - TELL THEM repeatedly if necessary - that you are on Coumadin) Have some FUN, Don!

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MCFITZ2 4/27/2013 7:52PM

    My functional work out is gardening and gardening. Today I sawed limbs that needed to come off of one of our evergreens. It is not like exercising emoticon . It is out side and it is fun and I will enjoy the results for many days to come. Sounds like you are doing great.

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MYLADY4 4/27/2013 5:41PM

    Well, if something were to go wrong for your first ride, wouldn't you want to have some people around you if you needed help versus by yourself?

Whatever you decide, good for you for "functional" workouts. They are the best.

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VALERIEMAHA 4/27/2013 5:23PM

    "funcional workout" -- I like the ring of that! And actually I do that with much of my bicycling -- pass by the post office, Kroger's, the hardware store, etc. And I also ride my bike to campus most of the semester.

Sorry to report that we do NOT have the idyllic weather here in the mid-south today. It's gray and rainy. No bicycling for me today. My yoga mat is laid out, however....

Keep it up...you're a great role model, Don!

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CHANGE4FIT 4/27/2013 3:30PM

    Love functional workouts too! It is like the ultimate multitasking. My favorite is to push mow the ditches and pond edge. Will have to post some pictures this summer. Glad you are contemplating getting "back in the saddle". Your writings speak to how much you enjoy biking. Impressed with the run, my friend-totally impressed!!! emoticon

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STRIVERONE 4/27/2013 2:46PM

    Well, it's only six miles and the weather is fantastic. If your bike is ready, and you haven't made a decision yet, you have plenty of time for a careful ride.

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