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Great way to start a week

Monday, March 11, 2013

I'm following the Rookie 5K Your Way program. I've done Week 1 (walk four minutes, run 1 minute) twice. I just don't think I'm ready for Week 2 (walk 3 minutes, run 2 minutes), so this morning I walked four minutes and ran for 90 seconds. It worked. I'll probably have to do this for a few weeks before I can tackle Week 2's schedule.

The move to Daylight Savings Time means darkness in the morning and a later sunset. That benefits my commute. I can take a long route home and still make it to the house before twilight dims. I should be able to amp up my weekly mileage.

When I first started running voluntarily (as opposed to when I was in boot camp at 18), I weighed about 170 pounds. It was a lot easier to take up running at that weight, as opposed to now, when I'm carrying an extra thirty pounds of fuel. I keep that in the back of my head: this will get easier. Not only will my body be better tuned for running, but there will be less pounding it has to endure. That might be a better incentive to eat healthy than getting in to my skinny jeans. emoticon

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GREENGENES 3/11/2013 7:09PM

    Way to go. You are on your way.

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One of those days that makes me love where I live

Saturday, March 09, 2013

It's sunny with temps in the 50�'s today. Perfect day for a ride. Unlike the miserable ride I had home last Wednesday, during which I did not see another soul (other than those in cars), there were a lot of people out today. Lots of friendly people. We get 300 days of sunshine a year here, but it was a very grey winter. A sunny day with no wind makes people friendlier.

I rode 24.96 miles today. I guess I should have wobbled around the road a little more to pick up that extra four one-hundredths of a mile. My goal was to get to do a 25-mile ride by the end of this month. Last Saturday I rode about 21 miles, so I'm not surprised that I did a 25-mile ride today. It felt pretty good., but I'm glad I didn't try to do much more than that.

The route I usually take home from work is about 10 miles. I can also cross the river and do most of the ride on the south side of the Columbia. That's about 14 miles, and it has the advantage of protecting me from the wind. I may do that once or twice this week. Time to start adding miles!

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HILLSLUG98239 3/10/2013 12:26PM

    There's a paved path along both sides of the Columbia River in the Tri-Cities. It's mostly asphalt & separate from traffic. Yep, I'm lucky!

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MAMACHAE74 3/9/2013 5:41PM

    Nice riding! Is this a trail that you ride on?

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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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