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My nemesis, the wind

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Yesterday looked like a March day. Sunny at times, rain threatening off & on, breezy. I checked the most recent weather data from the airport about an hour before I left work. 49F, wind 12 mph from the SSW.

As I walked off the courthouse campus, I got hit by the wind immediately. My first thought was, "This is gunna suck." I was right.

The wind along the river is often stronger than the wind at the airport. I think the wind was 20-25 mph with occasional gusts. Nearly blew me off the trail. And then it started to rain. I was getting pelted by big raindrops (not our usual drizzle) that hurt when they hit at 25 mph. At some point, the left side of my face when mostly numb, so it didn't hurt so bad.

I averaged 9.3 mph on the ride home. And that's with having the wind at my back for the last several miles. I am not ashamed of that slow-poke speed. I keep reminding myself that wind only makes me stronger. Every now and then, I get a windless day - on those days, I feel like I'm flying! emoticon

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GREENGENES 3/7/2013 7:35PM

    Yep. A strong headwind can be rough. My ride to and from work goes through a park most of the way so it is out of the wind but when you reach the open area it really hits you. I''m not brave enough to ride when it is much below 50 and definitely not when it's raining.

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BANDMOM2012 3/7/2013 10:56AM

    I don't like the cold or the wind. I think you did great!

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MOMTOCONNOR2003 3/7/2013 10:42AM

    So are braver than me. When I saw it was 49 degrees I would have turned aroung and hit the indoor bike instead. ha ha! Congrats on having the courage to brave it yesterday!

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Hey, gardening is exercise too!

Sunday, March 03, 2013

No ride today, but I'm feeling very good about the garden.

This was a very mild winter. Our swiss chard & spicy greens mix over-wintered well. We even have a couple of "volunteer" leaf lettuce plants that appeared in the last week or so. We opened a bag of our own green manure & worked that into a few beds. (Cutting into one of those bags makes me glad it's very windy.) I planted a small area of leaf lettuce and a couple of romaine lettuce. (This will be my first year trying to grow head lettuce.)

I split up our rhubarb (the thing has grown to monstrous proportions over the past two years) and I plan to give away some of it. Our artichokes wintered over nicely, too. The big bed that gets full sun all day long still needs to be tilled. Once that's done (next weekend), I hope to plant our peas, beets, and turnips.

So, I didn't get a ride in today, but I'm tired. And I wasn't the one running the tiller.

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JULESJET 3/4/2013 7:30PM

    That sounds awesome! And I agree, Gardening IS exercise.

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SHANECODER 3/4/2013 12:43PM

    So awesome to have fresh veggies!

Still about a foot of snow on the ground here, but it's melting fast.

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KDAILEY70 3/3/2013 11:56PM

    I love gardening, it's great exercise.

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Finally, a ride!

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Today is warm (60-ish), not really windy (8 mph, SSW), and cloudy but no rain yet. It's supposed to be very windy tomorrow, so today was the day to ride & I will work in the yard tomorrow.

I'm lucky to live in an area with great cycling. I rode around the Columbia River (not all of it, obviously). Most of today's ride is also my commute into the Franklin County Court House from West Pasco. www.traillink.com/trail/sacagawea-he
Later in the season, I ride home along the south side of the river, especially when it's really windy. (The Pasco side has almost no protection from the wind; the Kennewick side has lots of trees.)

The ride was great. I stopped and stretched at one point, and then stretched again when I got home. My ITB wasn't as tight as I feared it would be (self-torture with a foam roller has paid dividends!). Tomorrow it's time to do yard work, but I'm already thinking about talking the Hub into going for a mountain bike ride down at Chamna. www.tapteal.org/pages/chamna.html This is a great place to live (until the Russian olives are in bloom).

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BILL60 3/3/2013 9:22AM

    Good for you. Get him out there to do that ride.

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GREENGENES 3/3/2013 12:54AM

    Woo Hool

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There are worse fates than mine, but I'm going to whine anyway

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I have a headache. I woke at 4 a.m. with a headache, and it simply refuses to budge. I'm getting close to liver-destroying amounts of Tylenol in my bloodstream, and it still won't let go. I do not get migraines (I had one once, twenty years ago, and it was horrible), if that helps give you a scale of this pain. Bad, but not unmitigatingly awful. This one is close to making me naseauous. When that happens, I go home.

I got my first-ever tension headache when I was in law school. I recognize that making it to my 40's without ever experiencing a tension headache is a blessing. I get sinus headaches. It's kind of like having a ice pick being driven into my eyes. Combined with a tension headache, I thought I was dying. (Yeah, I'm kind of a cry baby.)

I did ride my bike to the vestry retreat last Friday. The wind was bad, but I was only completely exposed a few times. And it was a tail wind for part of it. I decided to let the husband drive me home the following afternoon because it was still pretty windy and rain was threatening. (We only get about 8" of precipitation a year here, so our rains are usually light drizzle.)

That ride was the last bit of exercise I got. We picked up our new kitten Sunday afternoon. I stayed home Monday & yesterday to watch how he and the resident cat interact. Two days of not weighing myself, not recording what I'd eaten, and getting no exercise. I guess I should be glad I only gained a few pounds!

So I'm back to logging my food intake. Exercise will have to wait until the headache subsides. I'm going to have to repeat Week 1 of the 5K Your Way. Of course, I thought I was going to have to do so anyway, so it's not that much of a let-down. The husband doesn't know it yet, but he's getting a healthy dinner. I've eaten so much salt over the past few days that I can feel my body being pulled by the moon.

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HILLSLUG98239 2/27/2013 8:06PM

    I had a couple cups of coffee before lunch. It took the edge off (a bit), but if I repeat that during the afternoon I won't sleep.

Aspirin makes my nose bleed. I try to avoid it except in genuine emergencies.

I've ridden with sinus headaches before. Sometimes it's a distraction. Headaches like this one mean exercise is out of the question. You know how it goes - we all know our own body's quirks.

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SUE5007 2/27/2013 6:42PM

    Try taking one aspirin and drinking some caffeine. Excedrin Migraine is aspirin, tylenol and caffeine.
Hey, maybe the exercise would dull the headache...or at least keep you from noticing it for 30 minutes.
Hope you start feeling better. emoticon

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No work out today

Friday, February 22, 2013

I should have done the Week 2: Day 1 workout for the 5K Your Way program today. I woke up at 5:30 with a sore throat and I decided sleep was more important. I do not regret that decision.

I was elected to my church's vestry last weekend, and this weekend is the vestry retreat. We will be at a local hotel tonight & tomorrow. My intent was to ride my bike to the hotel, but I suspect those plans have been derailed as well. If the only problem was my sore throat, I'd still do the ride. (I subscribe to the "listen to your body" theory: unless I have a fever or an illness that makes me wobbly on my feet, I'll still exercise. And although I'm tired, I'm not weary or wobbly.) Nope, it looks like the weather gets the credit this time around.

There's a high-wind warning posted for this afternoon. I live in a windy place, so "high wind warnings" usually mean "get the livestock in the barn, batten down the hatches, and head for the root cellar." NOAA is predicting 25-35 mph winds with 45-55 mph gusts at the time I would be riding to the hotel. The gusts are what concern me. I've been nearly blown off the trail before during my commutes. That wind might be too much for me, especially since I'd be toting a messenger bag.

But even as I write this, I cannot help myself: Imagine those winds as a tailwind. Wheeeeeee!

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BILL60 2/23/2013 9:12AM

    Wise choice.

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