Saturday, February 04, 2012
It’s really amazing to be on the receiving end of so much support from SparkPeople members! Like most people, my journey to better health has had a lot of ups and downs. I am an avid cyclist and most recently, I have been experiencing quite a bit of pain in my hand. After doctor visit and normal x-ray, the diagnosis seems to be thumb tendonitis. The doctor told me to give it (biking) a rest for a while. Are you kidding? With mild temperatures and sunny skies, I set out on my bike to do an “easy” ride. I managed to position my hand on top of the handle bar or on my lap when I did not have to use the brakes or gears. SparkPeople team members gave me some good advice of which I am grateful. And I will look into getting ergonomic handlebars for my Trek. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Yesterday’s snowfall was a blessing to me. There is a kind of special peace I find in Nature that I cannot find in any other place. This afternoon, my husband and I headed out to our favorite trails in the MTA Stewart Buffer Zone (Stewart State Forest). Noted for its numerous challenging mountain bike trails, the buffer zone becomes the place to be during the winter months with your snowshoes, cross-country skis, snowmobiles and mountain bikes with very fatty tires.
(Making my way through the forest)
It’s so peaceful to listen to the snow crunching under my “shoes”, the song of the chickadee and the Canadian Mallards flying overhead.
(We are so small.)
(Miles of trails)
After snowshoeing a couple of miles on Scofield Lane trail, two mountain bikers passed by. They rode up a steep incline effortlessly! I began to think about my bike. Is it time for me to challenge myself and take my bike riding to the next level? A decision was made. This spring I will not only continue to ride old rail trails and back country roads, but I will add mountain biking trails to my routes.
As we all travel on our journey to better health, it’s important to take a “time-out” to reflect, be grateful for our blessings and push forward to reach our goals and maybe add new goal or two to our list.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
It was a cold day here although bright with sunshine. The temperature gauge did not rise above 18 degrees. Yes, the winter season has finally settled in New York. The past week did not offer any opportunity for outdoor activity except for a couple of quick lunch-time walks around campus. I was so looking forward to being outdoors today. And I was determined to ride my bike!
Anything is possible, right? So, I put on my long johns, bike leggings, ski pants shell, turtle neck top, ski jacket, ski gloves and liners, neoprene booties, ski socks, bike helmet, baklava AND foot warmer packets. I was ready! I learned from a previous ride that feet get cold when riding in weather below 30 degrees….ha-ha. Not going to happen today!
Out the door I went, hitched my bike to the car and drove to the nearest rail trail. How different the views were from the saddle of the bike: the farmer’s barren fields, the icy river along the trail, the red tail hawk searching for dinner. The sounds were so “quiet-like”. Such a peaceful place to be to unwind after a busy and stressful work-week!
Yes, anything is possible. Just dress for success!
(Wallkill River along the trail)
(Original Borden Farm - where Elsie the Cow was "born")
Saturday, January 07, 2012
The days are getting longer, so they say, even though I still arrive home from work in the dark. Oh, how I miss riding my bike or going for a run after work. To make up for it, I try to make every minute count on the weekends, especially if the weather was like today’s 45 degrees and full of sunshine! I believe the Official January Jump Start Challenge has been the cause of my daily energy boost lately. No longer do have to drag myself out of bed in the mornings. No longer do I stress out over issues that are not life threatening. I have learned not to take my health for granted.
While out on a bike ride or running on trails, I tend to think a lot. Today was no different. This morning I heard my bike say, “Let’s go for a ride.” Without any hesitation, I put on my gear. No long johns or ski jacket or neoprene booties necessary. As I rode my bike on a favorite route past an organic farm and, further down the road, a dairy farm, I was greeted with the aroma of fresh “country air”.
The temps today could trick you into thinking it is Spring. I wasn’t the only one who took advantage of today’s spectacular weather. The barn doors on the dairy farm were wide opened. I think the farmer was doing a little “Spring cleaning”!
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