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Her Bib Number Should Have Been 71205

Saturday, November 03, 2012



Her bib number was to have been 71205. I had hoped to catch a glimpse of her run from Corral #71 on the TV. But as you have probably heard, the New York Marathon has been cancelled. The devastation of Super Storm Sandy was just too much. How sad!

Her loss pales in comparison, but still I feel for her. Last year she was registered and all ready to go to NY when she had to have emergency surgery. She again registered this year, and then tragedy hit NY and the northeast US.

Her name is Jan and she runs with my Galloway group. She's 62 years old, just 6 months younger than I. She's been running for 12 years and has so many medals that they don't even excite her that much any more. But the NY Marathon -- with 47000 runners going 26.2 miles -- that she finds exciting. She'll try for it again next year. Sure hopes she finally gets to do that run.

This year instead of running the NY Marathon she did me an incredible favor. She ran 14.33 miles with me, letting me set the perfect pace for me. I ended my runtoday feeling just a touch tired, just right for such an accomplishment. She told me I'm really going to enjoy my half marathon AND she says I'm definitely ready to move up to a faster group with Galloway. Such a confidence builder!! Thanks so much, Jan.

  
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SEABREEZE65 11/7/2012 7:11AM

    Great blog!
I am looking forward to "hearing" - reading about your first HM. My guess is that you will have a fantastic time.

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AQUAGIRL08 11/4/2012 5:42PM

    As I said on Thursday night, Jan is a class act for running with you. I know that you are ready for your half marathon. You're doing such an awesome job!

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/4/2012 8:06AM

    Great that you have this wonderful friendship with such an awesome lady. I am sorry she didn't get to accomplish her goal this year but there is next year.

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MSLZZY 11/4/2012 7:57AM

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MEXGAL1 11/3/2012 9:16PM

    She and you totally rock! So impressed!
Sorry that she didn't get to do the NY one. Hopefully next year.

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HAYBURNER1969 11/3/2012 8:34PM

    When I saw the blog title, I knew exactly what it was going to be about. I hope your friend can run NYC next year. What a good friend to run with you today and how exciting that you're getting faster! You will definitely enjoy your first half! Thank you for posting on my blog yesterday. Hope we can be SparkFriends!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/3/2012 8:23PM

    I know you will do great, and I'm hoping she finally gets to do the NY marathon next year!

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GUITARWOMAN 11/3/2012 8:01PM

    A lovely tribute!

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WATERMELLEN 11/3/2012 7:07PM

    You and Barb are gonna be sparkling: you're ready, yes you are!!

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JOYINKY 11/3/2012 6:44PM

    How great you two found each other. Sounds like a lasting friendship. Here's to many more years for you both! I know you're ready for your run; have fun!

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MIRAGE727 11/3/2012 5:42PM

    I saw the breaking news yesterday. Outstanding effort on your practice run. You're so ready!
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Jan sounds like a 100% Superstar! I think I know where her heart is and she's one to emulate for sure!
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We're looking at the logistics of coming to support you and ONEKIDSMOM at the Lady Schick Half. I'll let you know closer to the race.
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_LINDA 11/3/2012 3:27PM

    Wow! How very nice of Jan to do that, but so sorry she lost the chance to compete in that big marathon again :( If an experienced runner like her thinks you have got what it takes, can you request a move to a faster group?
Sure sounds like you and ONEKIDSMOM are going to rock your big race coming up!
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DONNABRIGHT 11/3/2012 3:00PM

    Great way to turn a negative into a positive!

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GABY1948 11/3/2012 2:55PM

    I'm also hoping that next year goes well too!

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LINDAKAY228 11/3/2012 2:33PM

    Such an awesome tribute to your friend! SHe sounds like such an inspiration. As a 57 year old runner I'm always so excited by those who are around my age or older who are running such amazing races. How awesome how she worked with you on your run.

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AMARILYNH 11/3/2012 2:13PM

    emoticon How wonderful for your friend to pace you in your long run. Best of luck to her in the future!!

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KANDOLAKER 11/3/2012 1:54PM

    So sorry the NYM didn't happen this year - but how neat you got to run with her this weekend!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/3/2012 1:52PM

    What a great attitude in the face of this disappointment. My hometown has been hit hard - places that I know well.


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NATPLUMMER 11/3/2012 1:44PM

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IAMWINNING 11/3/2012 1:27PM

    The third time's the charm. I sure hope nothing comes up next year to prevent her from running. It sure was nice of her to let you set the pace.

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/3/2012 1:19PM

    My thanks to Jan, too... and my hopes for her NYC Marathon NEXT year!

Life trumps all our plans at times. I KNOW you're ready for our outing in two weeks. Just gotta make sure I am, too!

Yesterday after work I went to the running store and used my gift certificate as part payment for a pair of Nike Structure running shoes, which the owner recommended for my arch / stride. They feel wonderful, and they will be my HM shoes. I have never used compression sleeves before, but invested in a pair of those as well. I'm wearing them around the house today as I do my chores, just to get the feel of them.

So looking forward to this trip. Six working days left! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Halloween Pumpkin

Thursday, November 01, 2012

For breakfast I had cooked fresh pumpkin, applesauce, and wheat germ this morning. With a cup of tea, absolutely yummy!! I roasted the pumpkin seeds yesterday afternoon and ate them in between trick or treaters. After 9 o'clock I turned off the porch light and cut up the jack 'o lantern. I just microwaved large pieces for 12 minutes or so until soft. It tasted good just plain. When you eat it plain it's like squash, not like pumpkin in pie. It takes the spices and sweetening to make it taste like the pumpkin of my youth, but actually it is good both ways.

Natalie was Belle and Gwen was a darling bee. They stopped by with their parents after Trunk or Treat at their church and we visited neighbors we know. Such fun!!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 11/3/2012 8:52AM

    I love pumpking. I bake it with just a touch of cinnamon - delicious!

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AQUAGIRL08 11/2/2012 7:54PM

    Sounds yummy! I keep forgetting to give you the recipe for a pumpkin smoothie!

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MSLZZY 11/1/2012 8:19PM

    Why waste a perfectly good pumpkin? You did well!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/1/2012 7:21PM

    Sounds like a lovely way to spend Halloween. I have this huge pumpkin that I'm going to have to *do something* with this weekend, before I get ready to head your way.

I am going to focus this weekend on prepping the house. Next weekend on prepping my travel tools.

It's getting more real every day. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AGK3112 11/1/2012 2:56PM

    Thanks for sharing.. emoticon

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JOYINKY 11/1/2012 2:33PM

    Waste Not Want Not! I love pumpkin! Bet the girls were really darling!

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IAMWINNING 11/1/2012 2:03PM

    Yum! What good thinking.

The girls sound darling, and I know you enjoyed seeing them all dressed up.

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MIRAGE727 11/1/2012 1:45PM

    Yummy! Thanks for sharing, Marsha!
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GABY1948 11/1/2012 1:33PM

    Great idea doing pumpkin that way, I need to try it! Glad you had such a lovely day and it continues on!

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WATERMELLEN 11/1/2012 12:56PM

    Well, how clever is that?? And delicious and nutritious and economical???

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NATPLUMMER 11/1/2012 12:45PM

    YUM!!

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KERRYG155 11/1/2012 12:22PM

    drats and I left mine outside. :-(

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TRAVELGRRL 11/1/2012 12:08PM

    Didn't know you could eat the jack o' lantern pumpkins -- I only thought you could eat the small ones. Silly me! You've taught me a new thing for today!!

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MEXGAL1 11/1/2012 11:49AM

    Sounds yummy. I have been experimenting with canned pumpkin lately and mixing it into hot cereals. Yummy!

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COOP9002 11/1/2012 11:12AM

    Sounds like you had a great day. Happy "All Saints Day"!

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Scheduled Long Run

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

It's all arranged. And it's certainly better than nothing, but not perfect. The Galloway program director set up my 14 mile long run for Saturday starting at 5 am. (You may remember my pacegroup leader thought the 13.5 mile run I did on 10-20 was sufficient, but I wanted another long run before my first half marathon on Nov 18th, St Pete Women's HM.) This schedule also means I'll be able to attend the nutrition for runners seminar at 8:45. I believe it is based on the book Eat to Live. I'll find out.

My disappointment is that I got assigned to an even slower group than my usual slow one. They run 30 seconds and walk 1 minute; so we'll repeat that for 14 miles. Galloway says that slow long runs are not a problem; that you still gain the stamina. I honestly was hoping to be in a 2 min run/1 min walk group. Oh, well. I'll just make it work. Officially Galloway puts every first time half marathoner in training "to finish"without a time goal. But I really was hoping not to be too slow. I'm running with Barb (ONEKIDSMOM) and I know she is really fit, however, she's really kind, too, and has assured me we'll find a pace that works for both of us.

I'm still living in a house full of sick people. Gwen is getting better. Hubby is still suffering. I have just a touch of scratchy throat and nasal congestion, but seem to be shaking it off. I ran Monday. Took it easy yesterday and going to take today a little easy, too. Plan to run tomorrow, although it may be early in the neighborhood or Gwen's nap time on my TM as Gwen isn't well enough to go to the Y nursery.

Maybe since I'm taxing my immunities I may be just as well off with the slow long run. I just can't wait to finish my first half marathon!!

  
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WINDSURFNERD 11/1/2012 12:24PM

    I too needed the mental boost of a 14-mile run before my first HM...but I ended up partially eroding my confidence because it wasn't one of my best efforts. The runner's mind-game is a delicate balance! On the one hand, it's nice to go into a race knowing your limits (ouch!) but on the other hand it's also good to feel like you've got lots of gas in the tank (rawr!).

I'm sure your 14-miler will go better than mine did, but even if it doesn't you're making yourself stronger by doing it. Good luck on your HM, you're ready and you will have a great race! emoticon
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JOYINKY 10/31/2012 11:07PM

    This is going to work out just fine; just stay well. Looking forward to your success blog!

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_LINDA 10/31/2012 10:22PM

    While you may feel you are more advanced then the group you were put with, you must have faith in the method. Galloway is a highly trusted system. You essentially want to take the best care of yourself so that you can give it your all when you run with Barb. I am betting you two will compliment each other nicely with the right amount of competitive drive and compassion. You will keep up with her no problem. just take good care of yourself and fight off those bugs with good nutrition, exercise and rest!

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MSLZZY 10/31/2012 10:17PM

    You 2 ladies have a good time!

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SEPPIESUSAN 10/31/2012 9:17PM

    I think I'd want the 2 min run/1 min walk group for the first few miles...but long before mile 14 I'd be glad I was running 30 seconds and walking 1 minute! Or maybe that's just me. :) I've never run 14 miles all at once before. Good luck!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/31/2012 8:39PM

    In some ways it is very good to be going long and sloooow. That way you'll be even more of a coiled spring. What you don't know, Marsha, is that I'm scared I won't be able to keep up with you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

So I'd best limit the Halloween treats, eh? 250 calorie splurge of dark chocolate delish! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 10/31/2012 4:35PM

    You'll make it work, yes you will. So glad you're running with Barb . . . what a great time you'll have (and what great blogs we'll get!!) Just keep on evading that bug at your house!!

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GABY1948 10/31/2012 4:10PM

    I know that no matter what you do you will be fine. You always come out on top so I am banking on you! Enjoy the time leading up to it and by all means keep fighting those BUGS emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEEJACKSON 10/31/2012 3:14PM

    Trust your training!!! You'll do great!

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IAMWINNING 10/31/2012 11:27AM

    Marsha, so sorry you're surrounded by sickness. Continue to take good care of you so you don't get sick, too! It's nice to see you plan to run even tho' babysitting. And I wish you the best run and fun on Saturday!

You're welcome re: Nov's games - I'm always pleased when I set up games that people participate in - I don't want to bore anyone. : )

I hope Gwen continues to get better, and wish all the best to your DH.

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NATPLUMMER 10/31/2012 11:13AM

    Your long slow runs are supposed to be SLOW. Have you done magic miles? Do you know what pace you're supposed to be running them at?

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MEXGAL1 10/31/2012 11:03AM

    Just ignore the other runners and go at your own pace....run the heck out of it! You can do it!
Sorry to hear you are surrounded by sickies. That stinks.
Take care of yourself.
Happy Halloween
Sallie

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The Good Fight

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

My body feels like it is trying to fight off the cold germs that are all around this house. On the positive side, I had a really good night's sleep last night and ate a delicious grapefruit this morning. The scale was down a little, too.

Right now, I am just telling myself that I am an athlete, eating to fuel my body. Last eve that self-talk helped. Hubby was interested in the last serving of leftovers, so I knew I was getting myself something else. I almost reached for a frozen dinner. Instead I microwave-thawed a tilapia fillet and cooked it on the Foreman. Very easy and very good and much better for this athlete!! I had half a leftover ear of corn, and dibby-dabs of okra with olive oil, carrots, and broccoli. Very satisfying.

Even though I'm thinking of myself as an athlete, today I'm feeling like a day of semi-rest will be good for me. Gwen and I took a slow walk to the end of the street this morning and I'll probably get some active play with Natalie. I go get from kindergarten in just a couple minutes.

Hope you are having a great day! Thoughts and prayers are with you affected by Sandy.

  
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MIRAGE727 10/31/2012 9:31AM

    Good job on listening to your body! GMTA! Yes we are athletes and I love that you are setting the example! CLEAN fuel, Baby! Gotta love it!
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Keep me in the loop for fun races in your area, Marsha! I wanna join the pack that chases you in these runs!
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PMFISH 10/30/2012 11:34PM

    emoticon Stay well!

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JOYINKY 10/30/2012 8:24PM

    Athletes rest too; your body needs recovery time. Great choice for dinner! Stay well. Hugs.

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GABY1948 10/30/2012 7:40PM

    Great day for you! Keep fighting those germs off! I loved reading what you were having...and sort of chuckled because you are ahead of me...and I just learned as much as I always feared fat...I found if one is pretty much non fat as I was it was fine for a week...then I would binge (never on sugar) and I looked it up and that is one of the symptoms of too little fat! :)

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/30/2012 7:14PM

    You are thinking like an athlete... both rest and nutrition support the athlete in you. I've had some real vibes watching the coverage of the Jersey Shore landing of Sandy... Tom's River was one of our favorite spots. My in-laws lived in Trenton.

See you soon... keep on supporting that immune system!

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TRAVELGRRL 10/30/2012 7:02PM

    I love that thought; "I'm an athlete eating to fuel my body."

I think I'll steal it emoticon and use it for my mantra!

Hope you feel OK tomorrow and have managed to avoid the germs.

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MEXGAL1 10/30/2012 6:53PM

    Marsha, best to pay attention to your body and try and rest. Tomorrow is a new day!
Cheers
Sallie

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AQUAGIRL08 10/30/2012 5:24PM

    What a great job you did on food choices today! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 10/30/2012 3:27PM

    Well done making the healthier food choice! Good listening to your body! Even athletes take it easy once in a while! Rest is best to fight those nasty viruses. I hope you can get lots of it!

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MSLZZY 10/30/2012 3:05PM

    Excellent time to change your mind and reach
for that healthier choice. Feed that athlete's
body what it needs. Have a great day!

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I Might Change My Mind, But For Now I'm Quite Content

Sunday, October 28, 2012

I've been trying to get some of the people in my running group to join my bike group. Today two runners showed up to ride, but the rest of the group I usually ride with decided that Hurricane Sandy was causing too much wind. They went to a bike trail in the woods too far to ride from my house. So I did the usual 20 mile ride with my two running friends, Aster and Amy. Although we had to dodge fallen Spanish moss and limbs -- there had been gusts earlier -- we didn't have any problem with the wind on our ride.

They both have expensive carbon lightweight bicycles, but made me feel very fit. They said I ride my comfort bike faster than it was meant to go!! I can ride around 14 mph. Aster said that I've outgrown my bike and need a faster one. Honestly, I like my bike. It suits me. In fact I suspect I get a better workout than they do, because their bikes do so much of the work. So at this point I'm not interested in a new $$$$ bike. However, I reserve the right to one day change my mind.

  
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MSLZZY 10/29/2012 8:52PM

    For now, keep what you have and enjoy that sweet ride!

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AQUAGIRL08 10/29/2012 7:27PM

    Sounds like a great time. I'm glad that they joined you!

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NATPLUMMER 10/29/2012 11:18AM

    Nice ride.

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MEXGAL1 10/29/2012 10:51AM

    good for you!
Have a terrific week.
Sallie

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BAROSS 10/29/2012 9:54AM

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DONNABRIGHT 10/29/2012 9:43AM

    There is a lot to be said for a good bike you can depend on.

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GOLFGMA 10/29/2012 7:47AM

    Just continue the bike riding on any model that makes you happy. emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 10/29/2012 4:02AM

    what a great feeling!

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SEABREEZE65 10/29/2012 3:39AM

    Good job on the bike ride.
I like my comfort bike also.... although I don't ride 14 mph.



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_LINDA 10/29/2012 2:00AM

    I LOVE it! YOU do the work, not your bike! THAT is true fitness! You are an ATHLETE! You rock!! If it aint broke, don't fix it!

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IAMWINNING 10/28/2012 10:43PM

    Good for you! Contentment is so often not achieved by so many, but you are blessed. If it were me (I know you didn't ask) I'd keep that bike that has done so much good by me. emoticon

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GABY1948 10/28/2012 10:06PM

    I agree that you will know when and if you are ready! I never let anyone else make up my mind for me...and I have been quite happy with my decisions! Have a GREAT week!

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JOYINKY 10/28/2012 8:36PM

    I wouldn't mess with being content! You'll know when you're ready to upgrade. Just enjoy the ride!

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THIMBLER 10/28/2012 8:33PM

    I am so glad I read your blog. I have a "comfortable" bike too. I can maybe get it up to 10 miles per hour, cause I normally ride for an hour and it is about 10 miles round trip.

Well, I had it into the bike shop last week for new tires and a tune up. And I got to looking at all the new, faster, shinier bikes. But in the end I decided, I liked my bike and it wasn't worth the money to upgrade...yet. Like you, maybe one day. But for now, my bike makes me happy!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/28/2012 8:28PM

    Yeah, deciding when / whether to invest in new equipment is always a puzzle. And a balance. One only has "so much" in the budget, and choices must be made.

Glad you had a good ride, despite the debris. Plan B works!

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DJ4HEALTH 10/28/2012 8:07PM

    Just keep what you have if you are comfortable with it. If you could not keep up then I would say look into it but to spend lots of money on something that you may not need is just a waste of money. I agree that you are getting a better work out because you have to work at it since your bike is heavier than theirs. But that is what you want.

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