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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Some video from my 175KM bike ride. It was 38 degrees on this day and this video says it all...

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MIKEMACDUDE 10/22/2010 9:44AM

    thanks all, I appreciate your comments. :)

X - it was actually at the peak of this Mountain I was biking over. Windy up there for sure.... But I did get hit hard by that hurricane you mentioned here on the shore. No major damage and everyone safe though so alls good.

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Totally cool.

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XQUIZITE1 9/8/2010 5:44PM

    Wow! What an inspirational post. Lots of wind in your video -- is that the remnants of the hurricane that (thankfully) missed us here in Florida?

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LIFEGENESIS 9/8/2010 5:36PM

    That's awesome! Keep rocking it!

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August - Bucket Lists and Bike rides

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

The older I get, that faster life seems to fly by. With this thought in mind and me approaching my 38th birthday in a few days, I found myself on my "thinkers bench" down by the water in contemplation mode.
I thought about my life and things I wanted to accomplish. I decided that I would start my official "Bucket List" and start going after it. I had always had this sort of bucket list idea in my head and some things I might do, but never put it down solid.
So, on my 38th birthday, I checked off an item I had contemplated and ran my age in miles! What an experience. Spiritual, emotional...painful! :)

I have my bucket list now and am on a journey to check off as many items as I can, God willing.

Having gone beyond where I thought was possible for myself in the running aspect, I decided last week to go for a ride on my road bike and see what I had in me. I ended up biking 175km. My longest ride before that was around 50KM. I had no idea how I was going to fare out. It was the most hottest, humid day of summer. I just prayed to God as I always do for answers, and asked if I was sane and was this possible for me personally. I got the answer back it was possible (but nothing about the sane part) so off I went,....putting all my trust in his good hands.
It was tough, it was hilly, I had a total of 3 flats tires I had to repair...but I made it. Again..... Spiritual, emotional...painful!! lol

So, in the last 30 days I ran the longest run of my life and biked the longest ride of my life AND Got me a bucket list!! :)

Life is short, limits are over-rated and pain is just weakness leaving the body!

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace and Love my friends!


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    emoticonThat is Awesome! Congratulations! I turn 40 in 40 days...been thinking along the same lines! I probably will not compile an actual "Bucket List" though...no need to alert the Karma Gods as to my status, ya know!?! ;) I think I will just aim towards doing new things as they Spark my interest, things that make me think "Yeah, I need to do THAT!"! Best of luck to you! And Thankyou for the Inspiration!! emoticon

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July in the books - Patience and Appreciation

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

"Patience is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on annoyance/anger in a negative way."

"Appreciation- thanks or gratitude"

I got off on the bike ride with a plan of 30K in under an hour and hit my first 5KM in 9:14. I thought "right on track here-feelling good"...... Seconds after looking down at my time...POOF! back tire caught a rut and went flat. I pulled over for a roadside patch job as my pleasant frame of mind switched very quickly to anger at yet ANOTHER flat. As I pulled over I bit my lip and said a prayer.
as quick as the anger came, it went and a calm came over me. Quickly I remembered how lucky I was just to be out there able doing it! Thank you God, I thought, as I sat on my butt and patched the tire. Thank you for my health, thank you for giving me the strength everyday of my life.

So, I hop back on the bike after the patch job, with a new frame of mind and finish up my fastest 30K ride ever....(riding in my driveway I hit a pothole and POOF! BOTH TIRES FLAT - 3 flats, one ride!!??) I laugh as it was all I could do.... quick change from bike shoes to runners and off I go on the run....
About 18 minutes in a started to slow down and felt the good come right out of me. The "Wall" as some call it. "Oh no, over 40 minutes to go and I'm feeling it hard now...the heat...so hot....pull over, quit, stop, give-up".. all this going through my head.
Again I say a prayer, something along the lines of "Dear God help me through this suffering etc"...
and then there it was again..that calm feeling came over me and that OWE YEAH!- I'm able to do this- Appreciate it!!!!
SO I gathered my head, slowed the pace for a bit, recovered and got back at the task of finishing the run with as hard of an effort as I had left in me. Mission accomplished for the day! :)

The older I get the more I appreciate life and realize how short it is. There are things I want to accomplish, and positive marks I want to leave behind. Why wait for tommorow when you can start going after it today with PURPOSE!

"For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened"

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JUST_BREATHE08 8/4/2010 10:40PM

    emoticon emoticonThank you for sharing.

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RHYNIC 8/3/2010 12:37PM

    what a lovely blog to read on a day that I am totally stressing at work. In fact, I think a few of my co-workers and associates should also read this blog. :-) Thanks Mike.

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June almost done, feeling progress

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Feeling a bit more engergized these days. I have been still running regularly and have got a good training pattern on the go right now in preparation for my September Marathon in Toronto.

I am trying to still get my bike rides in but with some higher milage now I'm finding it harder to be able to. I need those rest days in. Very important is that rest! :)

One part of the equation I have to tighten my belt on is my diet. Consuming too much coffee & Diet Pepsi and also not eating enough through the day and over-eating at supper time. I cracked down this week, but more focus on diet in the weeks ahead is key.

The healthier I get, the more my mental well being seems to fall in place as well. Something about that running that's good for the head! :)

Praying I can stay healthy and continue to run...

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RHYNIC 6/28/2010 2:42PM

    I am reading about your excess caffeine intake while sipping a cup of coffee...I should really follow in your footsteps. gail

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JUST_BREATHE08 6/24/2010 5:45PM

    Hi Mac! I will be praying daily for your success. Take Care and Good Luck. emoticon

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May - another foot forward

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Still at it and as determinded as ever. This month my back was acting up a bit. I still have a few pounds to take off of this winter pelt!

I did a few back to back bike/run days early in the month and added the weight training. A little too much too soon I think,....I backed off a week and got back on track and feel fine now.

This past week I had 4 runs and 1 bike ride. Today I ran a hilly 10 miler.
I am very happy with that and look forward to ramping it up in the weeks/months ahead.

I am signed up for the Toronto Scotiabank Marathon, no turning back now. :)
Very nice to see the miles up on the calander again and having fun in the process!

This site continues be my source of motivation and strength. Keep doing what you do folks!! :)

Thanks for stopping by,

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RHYNIC 5/30/2010 8:13PM

    Hey Mac - that race is in the fall (is it?) sounds great! I ran the bluenose 1/2 last weekend. will be running a 1/2 marathon in Barrington (shelburne county) in July, but what I am most excited about is a Muir Winery 10k in Wolfville. the race goes through a vineyard and there will be wine on the water tables. hehehe sounds like a great girls weekend out!

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JUST_BREATHE08 5/30/2010 7:20PM

    emoticonMac!! You are doing a emoticonJob. You are such an Inspiration.

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LAYERS_OF_ME 5/30/2010 6:10PM

    Awesome! I can't wait to sign up for my next race. However if you have a winter pelt to take off, I have the whole animal. I'll get there tho. You have and continue to inspire me.

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BABY_GIRL69 5/30/2010 5:07PM

    Keep motivating & inspiring us! God bless! Dee

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NEWYEARME 5/30/2010 2:45PM

    Good luck with the Marathon!!! You're doing a great job!!!

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MODESTLYBOLD 5/30/2010 1:58PM

  Keep up the good work! And good luck with the Marathon!

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