Tuesday, May 22, 2012
I'm trying to get in one extra-long ride per week, and this week was a 40. It was HARD, and took three and a half hours. But I did it. I am really glad I got the CamelBak hydration system for my birthday, because I drank a large water bottle and most of the 70 oz. in the CamelBak, so I felt like I had my hydration under control. I was also smart this time and took along trail mix with dried fruit, which was a welcome break at the 20-mile mark.
I misestimated my ride out, though, and realized that I would either have to go an extra 5 miles or climb the steepest hill out of the park, a hill that I can't possibly make yet. But I decided to go for it. I had to stop twice to catch my breath, but I did pedal the whole thing, so I'm very happy with not giving up and just walking up.
There's still time to donate to Pedal to the Point! main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/B
Monday, May 21, 2012
I mentioned a while back that I am training to participate in Pedal to the Point, the MS bike ride, in August. And that this is a fundraising event. I have biked over 500 miles so far this year, and am excited about the ride.
But now is the first time that I will be asking you for donations. And this next five days is a particularly important period for donation gathering. You see, the MS Society is running a contest May 21-25. The person who raises the most money in the next five days will win a Raleigh racing bike.
Now, I love my bike. But it is not fast. And a good, fast bike would be awesome. I doubt that I will be the person to win the bike, but if you are thinking of donating to me, this will be the week to do it.
And itís a really excellent cause. MS is a debilitating disease that stole my wonderful grandfather from me and left behind a sad shell of a man. Some wonderful progress has been made, but more is needed.
If I win the bike, I will complete the century ride on the first day of Pedal to the Point. Heck, if I get to $2000, I will attempt the century, even on my current bike.
So if you are able to donate, even $5.00, please consider making the donation this week. My donation site is here: main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/B
nal&fr_id=18300 . You can read more about what the ride means to me there. Thank you!
Sunday, May 20, 2012
This weekend was the Nebula Awards weekend in Washington, DC, and hubby and I drove out there, about a 7 hour drive. I did really well with my eating through the weekend, and worked out. But last night we were up really late, this morning I woke early and couldn't go back to sleep, and driving home I was fighting to stay awake at the wheel. So when we stopped for gas, I bought junk food. The sugar and the eating kept me awake, and I'm home.
While I am not happy with that eating, I'm also not beating myself up about it. Tomorrow I can get back on my bike and on my regular eating plan. If I'd fallen asleep at the wheel and crashed, tomorrow might never have gotten here for me. So I'm going to label it "not tragic" and be grateful for another day!
Monday, May 14, 2012
In September, I started this journey with the goal of losing 120 pounds by May 2013. As of today, I've lost 60 pounds. My energy level and stamina are vastly improved, I'm back into clothes I haven't worn for several years, and I'm much happier with me. Woot!
Still a lot of work to do, but I have the time in which to do it. So yay!
Saturday, May 12, 2012
I put 84 miles on my bike this week. That's not too shabby. But I can't do a long ride tomorrow to start out the next week on the same pace. I need to get my garden cleaned up. I've been a very neglectful garden mommy this year, and nothing is getting planted. It got away from me last summer, when I was in my blob phase, and now I have to pay the price.
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