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Back On The Road

Monday, July 22, 2013

Well I have to admit to allowing the heat to beat me off the streets last week...WHEW what a week!

So yesterday was such WELCOME relief when we were blessed by a cool front from Canada wringing the air out and bringing the temps down. Our bike club had a "Smell The Roses" ride planned. A shorter, slower ride from Whitney Point to Marathon. But I piggy-backed another 10 miles each way by cycling from my home to the starting point of the ride. I posted to the club that I was doing that so if anyone else wanted to join me they could.

Well what do you know but a fellow member who was formerly obese and has biked himself down to a lean machine was the only one to join me. He was one of our few club members who rode the Thater race last year and did quite well! We happen to be similar in age.

www.bcstopdwi.com/bcstopdwi/thater

So as we start out he offers to let me take the lead. Now I'm getting all kinds of nervous...am I going to be able to set a pace that's going to be in line with what this fellow's accustomed to riding? Although we've ridden together before he usually sprints WAY out ahead of me!

I'm beating those pedals along, but having a blast doing it as it has been too long since I've been on my bike and the sun & cool breeze was just heavenly! As we come up to a stretch where I just KNOW the hill will slow me down to a pace the other guy would find intolerable...so I slow down to tell him to feel free to pass me by. I expected him to be right on my tail but when I turn around, much to my surprise...

He was WAY back! He catches up with me and I tell him about passing me by if he wants and he said: "Pass you by?!? I can hardly keep UP with you!"

That was a real nice boost to my ego! Even if he DID take up my suggestion and pass me on the hill...lol.

When arriving at Whitney Point while waiting for the others he and I shared the same thoughts: we would use the ride to Whitney Point to get our "need for speed" out of our systems so we could slow down and join the others for the club's "Stop & Smell the Roses Ride."

Well, the best laid plans quickly gave way to the joy of having another rider who could match your speed and we just took off again, waiting for the others at the turns. He and I both agreed as to what a pleasure it was having another rider who could be so compatible in our riding styles! He was talking about wanting to ride a century later this summer and I asked him to keep me in mind if he wanted company and he agreed.

After the ride, DW & I had our weekly cook-a-thon and did our big batch cooking for the week ahead. I finally pulled two things together into a recipe I kind of made up as I went along and borrowed from a few recipes I saw @ SparkRecipes.com. I've been wanting to make gazpacho AND wanting to make something with kale...so I made Kale Gazpacho! Sauteed onions, mushrooms and garlic, then added the kale for a little bit just to soften it some but still be sorta crunchy too. Then added diced tomatoes, lemon juice, pepper and crushed red pepper to jazz it up...looking forward to enjoying this through my week!

Have a week filled with SPARK everyone!

Don

  
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_VALEO_ 8/2/2013 5:31AM

    Wow! What a great story and you're such a great storyteller! I'm glad to see you back on your saddle! And yes, what a nice boost it was!

I love Gazpacho! So refresing during summer!

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HIPPICHICK1 7/24/2013 2:49PM

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SASSYCHRIS1952 7/23/2013 8:13AM

    It sounds like you had a great time and thankfully this heat spell has broken somewhat! I'm also glad you found a new friend and can be your riding buddy emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 7/23/2013 1:29AM

    Super.
I'm glad you're back to riding 'your way'!

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OUTDOORGIRL70 7/22/2013 7:58PM

    Don I sure wish I could have been there.

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MYLADY4 7/22/2013 7:13PM

    Jealous, just jealous.

Glad you had a great ride.

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CHANGE4FIT 7/22/2013 12:19PM

    So glad to read your blog and feel the breeze of the ride. It's still hot as a sauna here! LOL. I am not sure I would like traveling along on 2 slim wheels at 18-20mph-I have gotten up that fast, but man, that's moving when it's just you and the atmosphere! Sounds like you found a great cycling companion, too!! Your gazpacho should heavenly! Have a sparky week!!
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STRIVERONE 7/22/2013 11:23AM

    It's clear you have resolved your April concerns about anti-coagulants and cycling. I'm glad someone took you up on your offer for yesterday's ride. One of these days I will manage it too if you promise not to leave me in the dust.
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RAINBOWFALLS 7/22/2013 8:51AM

    Great job adding miles and finding a new riding buddy! Have a great week. Thankfully, the weather will be a bit cooler.

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The Secret to Beating the Heat on One's Bike

Monday, July 15, 2013

Go FAST!

Don't STOP!

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Seriously, I'd forgotten the benefit of wind resistance when cycling in the heat.

How I forget the smart stuff when I lose my mojo, which I reclaimed a bit today...!

Keep it Sparkin' Everyone!

Don

  
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_VALEO_ 8/2/2013 5:32AM

    Way to go on reclaiming it!

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WATERMELLEN 7/21/2013 9:57AM

    How did I miss this? Glad the mojo returns! And thanks for your comment on my "mind over mood" blog: pretty sure you'd have total familiarity with CBT!

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GIRANIMAL 7/16/2013 5:38PM

    Ugh, yes, movement was my only saving grace this morning! I knew it was a scorcher when the front of my bandana (worn under my helmet) was soaked after my first mile or so. Ewwwwwww. I am rather dreading the ride home! emoticon

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IMSMILEY88 7/16/2013 9:34AM

    Great tips! emoticon When I rode with my new 'group' on Sunday, we stopped for a bathroom break & snacks at a gas station. Well, when we started up again the wetness of my sweaty skin made the breeze of riding feel so cool! Natural air conditioning, right? emoticon

I'm sure you'll see it, but I got attacked by two dogs (well, one watched & one attacked) yesterday while running! I'm doing OK. Thankfully 'she' just scratched and bit my legs. One bite. Two other scratches. She did puncture me, though, so we are hoping to find her (and, more importantly just to get her off the streets & keep people safe!) so we can see if she has rabies. I'm on antibiotics & current with my tetanus. I posted more if you're interested in the story. These same two dogs had come at me on Friday but then left me alone... just scared me. So, be careful out there!

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JOYATLAST 7/16/2013 9:01AM

    Celebrating MoJO!

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NADINEL 7/16/2013 12:52AM

    emoticon Enjoy your week!

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CHANGE4FIT 7/15/2013 11:10PM

    Glad to see you getting back in touch with Mo and Jo :). Sometimes it's the simplest things that we need to share-because we all take them for granted!
Keep Sparkin'-and riding fast in the heat!!
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OUTDOORGIRL70 7/15/2013 8:39PM

    emoticon We all forget sometimes the small things Don.

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ACIMPEGGY 7/15/2013 7:36PM

    Marvelous! emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 7/15/2013 7:19PM

    right on!

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VALERIEMAHA 7/15/2013 4:41PM

    YIPPEE! on reclaiming your mojo!!!

I just completed 17 miles. Temp site reads "93 degrees; feels like 100." I couldn't go fast enough to get cool in this! Luckily, though, I had two containers of water.

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_LINDA 7/15/2013 2:47PM

    emoticon Got to love that personal fan :)
Wonder if speed will work too during a tornado warning :P

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SANDICANE 7/15/2013 1:33PM

    Keep Sparkin'!

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National Ride Your Bike To Work Day!

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:

www.lightandmotion.com/bike/vis360pl
us.html


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!"

Don

  
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SASSYCHRIS1952 5/25/2013 8:00AM

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ON2VICTORY 5/24/2013 9:44AM

    I wish I could ride to work, unfortunately I can't.... Company safety regs disallow bikes on the property :( (its a BIG place)

I love that...when I grow up, I want to be a kid... So true. We lose our joy and enthusiasm for life when the problems and responsibilities mount.

Keep pedaling :)


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_VALEO_ 5/18/2013 4:40PM

    Of course, you couldn't miss this National Ride Your Bike! emoticon
Do not overdo it! Take care of yourself!

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PATRICIAAK 5/18/2013 1:25AM

    Super. I'm glad you're comfortable riding again.
For me - ain't gonna happen as I use my car for work - over 60 miles today.

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HIPPICHICK1 5/17/2013 10:42AM

    It's also Food Revolution Day!
http://www.jamieoliver.com/
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OUTDOORGIRL70 5/17/2013 9:56AM

    Don...

You are such an inspiration to everyone out there. I wish I was able to ride my bike with my knee. Hope you have a safe ride my friend. emoticon

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CHANGE4FIT 5/17/2013 9:15AM

    Yea you! Hope you enjoy the commute home. Daylight savings time will be your friend. Ride Safe!
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TWEETYKC00 5/17/2013 9:06AM

    And it's the perfect day for it!

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RAINBOWFALLS 5/17/2013 8:50AM

    Great job! You are an inspiration!

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RACEWELLWON 5/17/2013 8:42AM

    I am so happy that you enjoyed your ride. It 's such an awesome feeling to ride emoticon

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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:

www.wbng.com/news/local/Riding-for-D
ottie-Rice-with-photos--207651901.html


www.pressconnects.com/apps/pbcs.dll/
gallery?Avis=CB&Dato=20130515&Kategori
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www.pressconnects.com/article/201305
15/NEWS01/305150086?source=nletter-top5


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

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=ST
RIVERONE


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...!

50.

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!

Don

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!

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bike-to-Work_D
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biketoworkweek.org/

  
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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!

Don

  
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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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Don...
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.

Congrats.

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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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