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Cycling for Transportation

Friday, September 14, 2012

I tried riding my bike to my daughter's house on Sunday as I was going to keep both kids at their house. The ride over was enjoyable. At one time I worried about the heavy traffic on a major highway I must cross, but I've gotten braver. The ride only took me about 10 minutes. But when it came time to ride back it was pouring down rain and my daughter insisted that she drive me home. I had to agree. During the week I drive, because I take Natalie to and from kindergarten, and without safe sidewalks I'm not going to take the baby in the stroller. That's not a matter of bravery, but of good sense, I think.

So, today I drove home and then walked back to my daughter's house the 1.69 miles per SP Map My Route in 24 minutes. I got my bike and returned home. So now I should be set for my weekend ride. Some time I may try cycling in a poncho in a deluge, but I suspect I'm going to mostly be a fair weather bike rider.

Incidentally, my bike helmet still fits despite the fact that the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team got me a Popular Blog Award yesterday and today my quote was featured in a dailySpark about beating the odds. Nope, I won't get the big head. Wouldn't go with the rest of me!!

  
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CANDOK1260 9/17/2012 4:15PM

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    emoticon You are figuring out new ways to incorporate more and more exercise into your routine and it is what is keeping you such an inspiration to others. You are truly a success story!

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DONNABRIGHT 9/15/2012 10:09AM

    Impossible for me to bike ride on the mountain roads at the cabin but I do love my stationary bike on the deck.

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JOYINKY 9/15/2012 12:13AM

    You are doing great in every way! Congratulations on the awards!

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PMFISH 9/14/2012 10:58PM

    Congrats on the Popular Blog Award. Be careful if you ride in the rain.

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SKIRNIR 9/14/2012 9:56PM

    Laughed out loud at the bike helmet comment. :) I also use my bike for transportation. I biked to the local Kohl's department store today to pick up some underwear for my hubby who is too small for his old pairs. I now have a set of bungie cords that I keep in my backpack when I bike with the backpack in case I have something too big for my backpack. Once biked home with a big pack of toilet paper and paper towels. Only problem was my rack that I bungie cord things too is on the back of my bike, so my backpack and the paper towels/toilet paper bundle was interfering with each other some. Bet I looked funny!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 9/14/2012 8:26PM

    Haaaaa! If your head does grow, you can always get a helmet custom made:-)
I commute on my bike every summer because I love to, except when I get caught in the rain. If you do decide to bike commute, fenders are worth not having your face smacked by whips of splashing water from your front tire.
Have fun!

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ROOSTER72 9/14/2012 8:23PM

    I find riding home in the rain is not so bad - since you can shower and change when you get there.
Heading off in the rain is a different story - nothing worse than having to sit in wet clothes when you get to your destination.

What a healthy active life you are living.!

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POEDAUGHTER7 9/14/2012 8:20PM

    I used to have to bike in the rain for school. You get used to it.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/14/2012 8:18PM

    I promise to keep you grounded while you keep me grounded... we still tie our sneakers one at a time! emoticon emoticon Well deserved, by the way. Maintainers RULE!

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Amaze Myself

Thursday, September 13, 2012

I went 6.2 miles on the treadmill this morning. I didn't really have a distance goal today, I just wanted to do running intervals for an hour, plus 5 minutes warm up and 5 cool down. I didn't feel like I needed an extended warm up this morn, because I was already warm from playing with Gwen, my almost 2 year old granddaughter who enjoys the nursery at our YMCA.

Saturday I have a slow eleven mile run planned with my Galloway group. That will be a new distance record for me; my current PR for distance is 10.2 miles. Just over 9 weeks until my first half marathon. I am feeling confident!!

Thanks to all my supportive SparkFriends. I would have never started running if I hadn't met people here my age who were not only able to do it, but enjoying it. It is still incredible to me that after being inactive for decades, that my body loves to run!! It just feels so good. I amaze myself. I have found my inner jock for sure!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 9/14/2012 9:39PM

    You are awesome, Marsha! I'm in favor of working out at any age but you've really taken to jogging like a fish to water. Keep up the good work!

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DONNABRIGHT 9/14/2012 7:52PM

    You amaze me all the time!

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CANDOSUE52 9/14/2012 6:00PM

   

Wonderful !! You are definitely an athlete!!

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MIRAGE727 9/14/2012 4:26PM

    Oh my! Why did I think you've already championed a Half. You're gonna destroy it, enjoy it, and own it, Marsha! Have a great weekend!
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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 9/14/2012 4:19PM

    Great job!!!

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MEXGAL1 9/14/2012 4:11PM

    I love that you love to run...you inspire me!
Have a terrific weed end Marsha and enjoy your runs.
Sallie

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SWEDE_SU 9/14/2012 4:22AM

    what an incredible feeling! emoticon

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STRIVER57 9/14/2012 2:30AM

    you sound exactly like me!! (except my half is in 3 weeks + 2 days). isn't it fun!!?

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_LINDA 9/14/2012 1:25AM

    That is fantastic Marsha!! You are amazing! Living proof that you can do what ever you put your mind to, that its never too late to start living an active lifestyle!
So glad you discovered your inner athlete!!!
Keep on running!
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2WHEELEDSHARON 9/13/2012 11:14PM

    Marsha, how fantastic! Good for you for taking the steps to start and continue running. emoticon

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ROOSTER72 9/13/2012 10:17PM

    On track! Great going.

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WATERMELLEN 9/13/2012 8:58PM

   
So very cool!! You deserve to feel confident!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/13/2012 7:04PM

    I love the inner jock that comes out in us all... when we start moving more. Spark on!

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JOYINKY 9/13/2012 5:49PM

    You amaze me too Marsha! In a 100% good way! emoticon

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VINTAGEPAGE 9/13/2012 12:59PM

  This is great! I always love it when you shock yourself it is an amazing feeling to know you can accomplish things you never thought you could! Great job!
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More Obnoxious Bragging

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Today I checked out the "Secrets of Success" section of SP because I was following the "Insider" tip of the day. Was I surprised!! When I looked under the Most Popular Secrets of all times, there was mine, number two!

In case you haven't read it, here it is:

Treat It Like A Job

951 Members Were Sparked

When I asked a young woman who had lost 200 pounds how she did it, she said that she treated weight loss like a job. No matter how she felt, she showed up. She showed up at the grocery store to buy the right food, she showed up to track her food, she showed up to walk, etc.

I'm really glad that this woman inspired me so that I could spark others!! Thanks to all you who liked this secret!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 9/14/2012 9:35PM

    Good job Marsha!

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SABLENESS 9/13/2012 8:10PM

    Thank you! Isn't it satisfying when your plan turns up here? And more thanks for the gold star goodie! emoticon

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ADRIENALINE 9/13/2012 1:34PM

    If we don't respect our own accomplishments, who will? Nothing obnoxious about that!

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STARLIGHT615 9/13/2012 9:12AM

    Awesome!!!

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EGALITAIRE 9/13/2012 9:06AM

    I appreciate that you didn't keep your secret a secret


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TINAJANE76 9/13/2012 8:57AM

    I absolutely agree! Most of us have to hold money-making jobs to support ourselves and our families but that can become increasingly difficult if we're not healthy enough to stay engaged and productive. Like WATERMELLEN said, I think staying healthy by focusing on the factors within our control is our most important job!

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DDOORN 9/13/2012 8:54AM

    Well deserved bragging!

Thx for all you bring to our SparkFamily! :-)

Don

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JUDI_CUTIE 9/12/2012 12:34AM

    Brilliant!!! You deserve to be proud!


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2WHEELEDSHARON 9/11/2012 10:15PM

    You most certainly have bragging rights! Excellent work!

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_LINDA 9/11/2012 8:43PM

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That is fantastic!

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LYNNIERN 9/11/2012 8:19PM

    Awesome!!

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WATERMELLEN 9/11/2012 7:41PM

    Super idea: it IS a job and . . . for me most days my most important job (which keeps me healthy enough to do my "other" job!)

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MEXGAL1 9/11/2012 7:15PM

    I love it Marsha....I guess that is what I do now that I am retired....I am treating this who diet/maintenance like a job!
Thanks for sharing
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ONEKIDSMOM 9/11/2012 6:56PM

    emoticon I must have read it at one time. One of my co-workers accused me of treating my training plan like a second job... sounds about right to me. emoticon emoticon

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MIRAGE727 9/11/2012 4:23PM

    Good job, Marsha!
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HAPPYSOUL91 9/11/2012 1:40PM

    great tip and I am glad others agreed

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SWEDE_SU 9/11/2012 1:37PM

    good one! and congrats on #2!

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    emoticon on being #2, it was an emoticon tip!

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Cycling Pix 9-9-12

Sunday, September 09, 2012

I rode over from my house and met Feathers at the trail:



We had to cut our ride short because of the gathering storm, but it was still a hoot!!

  
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SWEETYOUNGTHING 9/10/2012 12:21PM

    wonderful; you look great!

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MSLZZY 9/10/2012 9:43AM

    I want to grow up to be just like you! HUGS!

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_LINDA 9/10/2012 2:01AM

    Looking great Marsha, very toned and athletic!!! Love your smiles!

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WATERMELLEN 9/9/2012 6:25PM

    Huge smile!! Looking sooooooo fit!!

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MIRAGE727 9/9/2012 5:36PM

    What a happy girl! Good job, Marsha!
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PHEBESS 9/9/2012 4:16PM

    What a great way to spend your weekend!

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NEW-CAZ 9/9/2012 3:32PM

    You look amazing Marsha! emoticon

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JOYINKY 9/9/2012 3:20PM

    You look great and Feathers is a very young looking 68!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 9/9/2012 3:20PM

    You look fantastic! Yay for a day with a fun companion!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/9/2012 2:39PM

    You look positively radient. And the "Slender" part of your SparkName really shows in this shot! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 9/9/2012 2:32PM

    you look wonderful Marsha!

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Unusual Sunday Bike Ride

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Last Sunday I wrote of our usual Sunday bike ride; well, today's was different. Officially the group ride was cancelled due to weather, but when I got there the sun was shining. Feathers was there and raring to go. Her real name is Wendy - she is an interesting tatooed 68 years old with feathers woven in her hair and she's training for a trip to Tahiti that includes a long bike ride. Feathers and I planned to ride a mile back and forth several times until the rain got to us, but when we'd gone a mile, she wanted to go further, so I did, too. We went 3 miles south and turned around and came back. She told me to go on to beat the rain as my bike is faster than hers. The sky got ominously black.

I ducked into a local diner and had some not too unhealthy breakfast, watching the thunderstorm come through. When there was a break in the rain, I rode the mile and a half to my daughter's house in a bit of a drizzle. DD is at church with the kids, so I'm Sparking on her computer til they get home.

Our group leader, Janet, stopped by to tell us in person that the ride was cancelled. She took a picture of Wendy and me, but it's not yet on Facebook, so I'll probably post it later.

My butt is a bit sore from yesterday's fall, so my 8 mile ride was probably all I needed anyway. The bumps hurt, so I had to get off the seat in a kind of standing position when we crossed railroad tracks and bad parts of the trail. Despite the weather and the bumps, I'm glad I rode today!!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 9/12/2012 6:59AM

    Interesting ride to say the least!

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AQUAGIRL08 9/11/2012 6:53PM

    I am so glad that you got your ride in before the storm! Sorry your posterior end is so sore!

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_LINDA 9/10/2012 1:59AM

    Fabulous ride, not letting the weather and your sore bottom get to you (I couldn't see putting it on one of those uncomfortable bike seats, not me, no way) Glad you had a safe place to escape the bad weather -hope Wendy made it home okay -looking forward to that photo :)
Keep on being awesome! I am sure you will work that breakfast off in no time!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/9/2012 11:45PM

    Gosh. I'm kind of jealous you get to ride with people as interesting as "Feathers."

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P.S. Hope your Tail has a happy ending. ;-)

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MIRAGE727 9/9/2012 5:44PM

    Gutsy effort, Marsha! It was sort of a dramatic read. I'm sure you'll bounce back from the breakfast. Glad you're safe! Good job!
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FROSTY99 9/9/2012 5:20PM

    Woo Hoo, guess your day was different than ours. We had rain up here till about 10 and then it finally cleared up. Looks like you had a good time-aren't those unexpected trips the best.
Have a great week.
Pat

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2WHEELEDSHARON 9/9/2012 3:18PM

    I agree, even a short bumpy bike ride is worth it. Sounds like you made the best of the rest of the day. I hope your butt feels better soon!

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JOYINKY 9/9/2012 12:15PM

    I'm glad you got a ride in and am betting the extra circulation will help that bruising mend faster. Enjoy the rest of your day!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/9/2012 12:03PM

    Don't you just love being ABLE to do these things? Such joy in a simple thing like a bike ride (even in recovery from falls)! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 9/9/2012 11:24AM

    Way to go!! Sorry you have a bruised bottom, though. I hope you're okay. Pat

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Now you can have a rest day today and nurse your rear LOL

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MEXGAL1 9/9/2012 10:58AM

    good for you to get out there and get a ride in. so glad the weather at least let you get some miles logged.
Have a terrific rest of the day Marsha.
Sallie

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IAMWINNING 9/9/2012 10:50AM

    Good for you for getting out and making the most of the available time to ride. Sorry your behind is still sore, but glad you didn't let that stop you from riding. Yea for standing at strategic moments. : )

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