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Chilly Start, SPARKIN' Finish!

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Bundled up against the 36 degree, foggy morning, I managed to bike to work in one piece. I was more cautious than usual in some of the high-traffic, intersection areas and hopped off to walk through those. Riding down the one MAJOR hill I discovered that eating ice cream too fast is not the ONLY way to get brain freeze...lol! Although I brought a pocket full of tissue and used them once or twice along the way by the time I arrived at work I'd never SEEN so much stuff running from my eyes, nose, etc. Must've wasted most of a box of tissue restoring myself!

Ah but the ride home...! The PAY-OFF! Nearly 80 degrees, bright sun, nice breeze...woo hoo! Yet one more hill I could tackle with my new bike without having to get off and walk, as I had to with my other bike! The northbound side of this hill has such a narrow shoulder and I wobbled so with my other bike that I landed in the ditch once...always walked it up after that. Not so with this bike! But I have to wonder...is it JUST the bike or am I in that much better shape, fewer pounds, etc...? Oh, and I was able to change into my favorite biking attire...shorts & T...YES! ...covered up those dorky lycra things with regular khaki shorts...lol

And... after being so stubborn (never needed no dorky pants BEFORE...!) I have to admit they really DID help! I'm not out of the woods just yet, but at least after riding almost 20 miles today I don't feel like I'm sitting on a hard APPLE tonight...! Maybe more like a squishy peach...! :-) Now how is it that I can yet STILL dream of multi-day, long distance touring with such humble, feeble beginnings...?!?! But dream I do!

It at least feels manageable, like something I really CAN toughen up!

And after coming home it was just too darned BEAUTIFUL to sit in the house...so went to one of our favorite parks (Dorchester, Whitney Point) and pumped up an hour of Nordic Walking...which I got to thinking is a lot like taking the elliptical out on the open road...pumping those poles!

When all was said and done I felt good and spent and the body part that felt the best "ache"...? Upper arms and shoulders! Nordic pumping of those arms I realized beyond working shoulders and abs also targets those blasted BATWINGS! Great stuff!

Tomorrow: Hit the road to work yet again! At least it will be around 5 degrees warmer...low 40's...!

Thx everyone for following my trials, tribs & VICTORIES! Woo Hoo!

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    Something that targets the batwings? Sign me up! Great job! You never fail to inspire.
    2733 days ago
    Sounds like a great day! And good job with the weather; I would not have wanted to bike at 36 degrees. I bet that hill felt awesome, just like the killer one that I rolled up yesterday.

    I always wished I could have biked to work, but what with traffic I'm also not sure I would ever have wanted to. Great job to you for doing so!

    Uh oh... I just got a vision of you using the neti pot while riding.... emoticon
    2733 days ago
    Sounds great!

    How far is your commute, Don?

    Mine is 14 miles each way and now that the weather is so nice I'm getting tempted to do it once a week on Tuesdays when I have my personal training appointment at the Y...

    Or Thursdays instead of my marathon spin-lift-spin sessions.

    P.S. Glad those shorts help. We'll getcha into some moisture-wicking performance gear, eventually. Even if we have to drag ya kickin' and screaming, which seems likely. LOL

    P.P.S. My nose runs like crazy in the cold, too. Rather than deal with multiple soggy, flimsy kleenexes, I usually just bring a bandana as a hanky and stuff it in the pocket in the back of my jersey.
    2733 days ago

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    woohoo Don!
    Way to go 'dude'!

    I just feel your energy sparking through the screen emoticon
    2733 days ago
    Good job DOn! I gotta say I"m impressed with you biking in traffic.. I am WAY to nervous to do that..I am more concerned with falling off the bike in traffic and gettins squished!looking forward to the day i can get over the fear of that... Maybe when i do the hubby will get me a new bike! now that would be a goal :) Hope you have a sparking good weekend.. I know we're doing some fishing and hiking since yesterday was the first official day of trout season and i just got my Lifetime fishing liscence for Valentine's day.. I"m excited to use it!
    2733 days ago
    Thanks for the narrative, it was great.

    From my experience, yes, it does get better. When I first started riding, I was lucky to do a mile. After a few months, 10 mile rides were an absolute breeze. Same with rollerblading.

    I can just picture you up and down those hills of Bingbong. Congrats on the new bike. That was a great investment! Keep up the good work!

    2733 days ago
  • FRECKS96
    Awesome!!! What a gorgeous stretch of days to break out the bike! I think we tend to appreciate this time of year so much more than some others and I happy to see that none of us are letting it go to waste!

    On a side note, I think I saw you out nordic walking a couple days ago on what must have been your lunch. I was on my way to do my run at Otsinengo North.

    Keep up the great work! I'm looking forward to hearing about your first 100-miler!
    2733 days ago
  • KELLI9001
    Oh my. That cold temp would be very trying for me, Kudos to you for that brisk ride. You are doing awesome on the long rides. emoticon
    2733 days ago
    What a sparktacular ride Don. You are doing great. Woohoo.
    2733 days ago
    WOW you must have tuns of energy as well as the scale smiling at you on your next weigh-in.....and those pants yep agree they look yak!! :( but do their job somehow and the more often you bike the less problems you will have LOL ;)
    2733 days ago
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    2733 days ago
    It sounds like a great day and that the shorts were a good investment. Yeah, I'm thinking it wasn't just the bike but that you are in better shape this year! Keep dreaming of multi-day long distance rides--you'll get there!
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    2733 days ago
    I am very sure that your success with the hills is due to that fact that you are in better shape now than before. Keep up the great work and you will probably see & feel even more improvement.
    2733 days ago
  • JO11YMON

    Glad to hear you had such a great day on the bike.
    2733 days ago
    glad the shorts helped. emoticon workout day
    2734 days ago
  • BEKKI42
    You are an inspiration!
    2734 days ago
    Don...you are really on fire! Fantastic job with the biking! You have transformed right before our eyes!!!

    I can't wait to buy a bike! I wanna be like you someday!!!

    2734 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    2734 days ago
    emoticon You are amazing Don! Keep up the great work! emoticon
    2734 days ago
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