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Another Fire!

Sunday, May 08, 2011

The weather this last week has been very nice. The wind has calmed down until late evening and the temperatures have soared as much as my riding. I really should have no complaints and in fact I only have one. IS IT EVER GOING TO RAIN HERE? we are so parched. New Mexico is in a drought stage and has been for the last five years. The following pictures show an occurrence that is becoming very common place.

Pray for rain and the return of our firefighters. Our local Hot Shot crew is in Florida and the other local Hot Shot crews are fighting a fire that is over 22 thousand acres north of Silver City near the Cliff Dwellings.

Be safe, and everyone have a Happy Mother's Day!

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FISHINGLADY66 5/8/2011 9:06PM

    Oh Pat that's so sad. Wouldn't it be nice if they had a way of transporting the flood water of the South to your area to saturate your land? I'm praying you and your area. I believe in miracles.

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COLUMBINE2 5/8/2011 7:16PM

    Prayers coming your way! We live in the beetle-infested area of CO where hundreds of thousands of trees were killed by beetles during our drought. I understand your very real fear of wild fire. My son is also a volunteer fire prayers are also coming for your firefighters' safety and RAIN....lots of RAIN. Take care.

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K8NJKSMOM 5/8/2011 5:11PM

    That is so unreal when you see the conditions you have there and the flooding going on in other areas. Stay safe - and hope there is nothing too close to you. Happy Mother's day!

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LINDAKAY228 5/8/2011 11:32AM

    I don't ever remember having as many fires so close to us as this year. Especially those that have been really close or in town. We really need some serious moisture.

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SOCKITTOME 5/8/2011 11:01AM

    Bummer, Pat. It's a problem here in some parts of Colorado as well (lack of rain, too much wind and the fires go like crazy when they start).

Praying for some rain for both of us!

Hope you have a good Mother's Day, too!

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BIKIN_NURSE 5/8/2011 7:01AM

  would gladly give ya'll some of the flood waters from here in central arkansas if i could!!! wish it really could work that way. stay safe

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Tour of the Gila...Pat's Recap

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Today concluded the 2011 addition of the Tour of the Gila. The Citizens race today started at Camp Thunderbird on the Mimbres. The race concluded at Pinos Altos, New Mexico...thirty three miles later. The race started in thirty-two degree, calm weather and ended in the mid 50's with a breeze. All in all not a bad day weather-wise.

Yesterday, the criterium took place in downtown Silver City. Fans got to watch all of the professional racers as well as a citizens race and a race for just about every age group imaginable for children. I had a VERY good sprint race! I was the only female that decided to participate so I had to ride with the males ages 35+. I was the first place female and the 3rd place male. I managed to beat 5 male it was a great race.

Todays race, well sometimes you have good days, sometimes you have bad days, and then there are days such as mine today. I finished the race. I was not last nor was I first. Four miles into the race my hips began bothering me again. The muscles in my lower back, butt and legs proceeded to get so tight that I was extremely miserable. I kinda didn't know whether to ride, quit, cry, curse, etc. I did everything but quit.

So tonight, I am sitting on a heating pad. I have bruises down both legs where the muscles tightened up and I have a great picture to share of this years Tour of the Gila bike jersey as well as the handmade bowl and the gold medal I won at the downtown criterium. Yup, had a good time, but I have had better. There is always next year!

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K8NJKSMOM 5/4/2011 1:43PM

    You are awesome!! Congratulations! That's the attitude to have - not first - but not last!! But - way to go on the first leg - first for women, third place in the men's! Love it!! emoticon emoticon

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CZARINA_TV 5/4/2011 10:24AM

    I love that you placed so high in a group of younger competitors! That's great!

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JUNEPA 5/3/2011 4:52PM

    Your determination is amazing
Cool take-home finery

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LINDAKAY228 5/3/2011 12:32AM

    Glad you had such a great race on Saturday, and sorry you had such a rough time on Sunday. I know how that goes. You described how I felt this year at the Bataan Death March Memorial. We have those good days and those not so good days for sure. But I still think it's so awesome that you are able to climb those hills around there on a bike! I've always been so amazed that anyone can do that.

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JUST_TRI_IT 5/3/2011 12:03AM

    My favorite line: "I kinda didn't know whether to ride, quit, cry, curse, etc. I did everything but quit. " I love that!!!

Congrats on finishing what you set out to do. emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 5/2/2011 10:32PM

    Sounds like the weather was beautiful. Congratulations on being the first place female. lol. Sorry about the bruises. Take care of your self my Friend. I am so proud of you. emoticon

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    Congratulations on toughing it out!! You ROCK! Hope you feel better soon. emoticon

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ERPARA 5/2/2011 5:06PM

    Wow that is crazy - wishes for quick healing on your ouchies :)
Racing through pain is not fun - but you now know more about what you can get through...
Congrats on the cool shwag and the great race!

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SOCKITTOME 5/2/2011 9:24AM

    Congrats on the finishes, Pat -- you rock! I cannot imagine bruises from muscles tightening up -- you must have been in a LOT of pain, poor girl. Hope you're feeling better today and figure out what the issue is. I assume you've had your bike fit to you so everything is aligned properly...if that's not it, not sure what it would be. Well, except exhaustion perhaps. You do work out a lot and maybe your body was just tired that day. Like you said, we have good days and "I'll be happy to just finish" days." Regardless of how you finish, you rock!

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MNCYCLIST 5/1/2011 10:43PM

    Great job--hmm, first woman and third man, not too many can say that of themselves!

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IMSMILEY88 5/1/2011 9:59PM

    Congrats! Great job at the criterium. And, I can't imagine bruises from muscles tightening up. Ouch!

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Bike Race and Roaring Winds...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

For the pro riders, the Tour of the Gila starts tomorrow and the wind continues to blow ever stronger. Several roads in the area were closed because of blowing dust and lask of visibility. Winds can be tough to handle in a car and quite dangerous for a cyclist.

The Gila Monster part of the race begins tomorrow morning. It goes 90+ miles from 7500 feet to 12 thousand plus feet, from Silver City to Mogollon, New Mexico. I hope the winds will start calming down. There are several places on tomorrow's race that the wind could make the riding not only miserable but dangerous as well.

We need rain and four days of calm weather. At this point, the wind can keep blowing as long as we get some rain. If wishes were fishes we'd all have a fry! Here's wishing!

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CZARINA_TV 5/1/2011 8:58PM

    Crossing my fingers that you got better conditions...

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FISHINGLADY66 4/28/2011 9:15PM

    I'll go for the fish fry. emoticon I hope the winds died down and you had a good ride. I'm behind on my Spark mail reading. Better late than never. emoticon

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ROOBEARZ 4/28/2011 1:15AM

    Be safe! Sounds treacherous! I hope the winds calm for you!

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    Good luck & take care!! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 4/27/2011 9:58AM

    At least this morning the winds have finally calmed down and hopefully it will be a good day for the racers! I'm totally with you on the rain!

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EMMAANDBRODY 4/27/2011 6:03AM

    Sounds dangerous. Good luck and be safe.

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DESERTDREAMERS 4/26/2011 11:19PM

    Be safe! I saw on the news that various roads were closed today. We always said "If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride."

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And Now the Taper!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Tour of the Gila starts this coming week. I am going to do the citizen races because I don't want to take another week off of school. I rode 120 miles this weekend so this coming week I will ride no more than about an hour all together.

I hate to taper but I will still swim and lift weights and do some jogging. I have got to keep doing some exercise or I get so stiff that I won't be able to move. Keep praying that the wind will die down. I has been whipping for a week. Sure makes cycling difficult.

Have a great week everyone!

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FISHINGLADY66 4/26/2011 9:37PM

    Good luck on the race! Have a Great Week.

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LINDAKAY228 4/26/2011 10:30AM

    Good luck on the race this week. I'm praying for this wind to quit too! It's so nasty and the blowing dust is awful!

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CZARINA_TV 4/26/2011 8:08AM

    Good luck on the race!

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    Hope the wind is gone now. Have fun swimming & lifting weights. emoticon

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Blessed Are the Healing Hands

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Blessed are the healing hands of my massage therapist. Once again I feel like I can walk and move and sit and sleep pain free. At least a night would be so tremendous. I did get the new bed and I have slept a little this last week BUT...I am sleepy and a tad cranky and I am getting sore from the massage.

I had some very distinctive knots in the quads, hammies and booty. Maggie worked the majority of them out. I am sitting and I can still feel my lower legs and my hips are not falling off. This is a definite improvement!

Hope everyone has a great, safe and active Easter!

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CZARINA_TV 4/24/2011 9:59AM

    That sounds wonderful!

Do you ever use a foam roller? I love mine for those days when I'm really achy...

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FISHINGLADY66 4/22/2011 9:48PM

    I am glad you are feeling better Pat. I hope you have a happy Easter too.

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LINDAKAY228 4/22/2011 11:35AM

    So glad the massage helped! It's so hard when you can't sleep for aches and pains. Hope you have a great Easter weeekend!

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MPALMER15 4/22/2011 10:19AM

    Have a great weekend! emoticon

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BEYOURBEST1 4/22/2011 8:19AM

    I am glad you are feeling better.
Have a happy Easter.

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