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Saturday, April 02, 2011



On today's bike trip to Marathon we rode through the village of Killawog. My mental lint of the day was: How in the world did they come up with that name?

Wikipedia to the rescue: "The name Killawog referred to a young resident who had died in the town in a buggy accident, and a racial slur, however, no one really protested the new name, and it has stuck." Go figure!

Today was an absolutely *PICTURE PERFECT* day for my first ride of the season! I was in desperate need for it too...the past 3 days have been EXTREMELY busy and demanding and I had three days of NO WORKOUTS!

I was beating myself up for this and being very negative and insecure wondering if I would even be up for the challenge of a 40 mile ride, first one of the season after doing NOTHING for three days. I even found myself wondering if I could ENJOY riding like I have in the past...! It's scary how easily one can slide down the slippery slope of stinkin' thinkin'...

Silly me! Had a GLORIOUS ride with around 15 other bike club members.



It was a two-parter: For the longer ride some started in Chenango Forks (my backyard...!) and for a shorter ride we picked up a bunch in Whitney Point who joined us for our ride to Marathon for the Maple Festival today.



I had some nice stretches in which I felt the old mojo returning: yeah, I could hit the road for days on end and find my piece of heaven on two wheels! :-)

Re-learned my checklist of necessities to take...headed off on my bike with my eyes welling right up with tears: forgot my sunglasses! I always ride with sunglasses that pretty well cover my eyes so they don't tear up so much. Back to the car to get 'em. Take off again...felt great, wind through my hair...say WHAT? HELMET! Forgot my HELMET! Turned back again to the car for my helmet. FINALLY READY! :-)

I was near the head of the pack most of the way. Nippy at first but I shouldn't have worried, warmed right up. Every stop I shed my helmet and jacket down to ye olde t-shirt and sweat pants to cool down.

Along the way there were a couple of good sized hills (not KILLER, but demanding) so I decided to test my Spinning skills and do something I haven't yet done on my bike: Standing Uphill Climbs! Whew! Knocked my socks off, but great to celebrate the strength in my legs to be able to do this!

I learned a tip from a fellow member of the club regarding one of cyclists' biggest fears: the dreaded dog chase! He takes a dog whistle! :-)

I didn't stay in Marathon for long. With a bazillion pancakes with maple syrup going down it seemed to be a typical American food spectacle just loaded with unhealthy fare.



So I stretched, watered up and hit the road for my return with another club member who joined me. On my homeward journey I took a few pics as it just seemed incredible to have snow still here & there in April.



Everything seemed so MARCH-like that I couldn't help but think of my favorite song to celebrate spring:

First by the maestro composer himself, Jobim:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=
mFGQtGJZto8


Next two different performances by Oscar Castro-Neves (my favorite rendition of the song!)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=
-kKwubZ8B_M

www.youtube.com/watch?v=
8g3-7M51Tns


And last, a more hip-hop update courtesy Sergio Mendes (for riding in the car, playing loud with the windows down!):

www.youtube.com/watch?v=
9Ef36fKxxZo


Tomorrow promises to be another great day and I plan to mix it up a bit: ride my bike down to Otsiningo and take a crack at jogging a 5k and ride home.

Wish me luck! :-)

Don
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MEGA_MILES 4/5/2011 4:44AM

    I can't wait till I can do a ride like that. I just started and five miles is a killer. Good choice passing up the pancakes. Ride on brother!!!!

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DRB13_1 4/5/2011 1:57AM

    Interesting trip! Keep riding and don't forget that helmet! emoticon

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DAVEINSEOUL 4/4/2011 8:19PM

    Looks like a GREAT first ride! Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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FRECKS96 4/4/2011 9:42AM

    Thanks for sharing the pics!

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WATERMELLEN 4/4/2011 8:15AM

    Great pics -- and I took time to listen to the varoius versions of one of my fave pieces of music also . . . thank you!!



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KA_JUN 4/3/2011 8:05PM

    Nice ride report, had a dog come after me today. Guess it comes with the territory! Ride hard! emoticon

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REYVE01 4/3/2011 7:33PM

    Your blogs make me feel like I was there too.

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L*I*T*A* 4/3/2011 1:11PM

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ANNIEMAC_98 4/3/2011 9:32AM

    Glad you enjoyed yourself Don! It's amazing to see that even after all you've accomplished you have the same fears as those of us in the beginning about not being able to do it after a couple days off. Thank you for sharing that. Makes it easier to get back on the horse.

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BAM-MA 4/3/2011 9:19AM

    Sounds awesome! I have been limited to getting in my workouts in not-so-great weather. Hopefully that will change with my scheduled run tomorrow!

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LADYGWEN25 4/3/2011 9:11AM

    Sounds like a beautiful day for a ride! :)

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ZELLAZM 4/3/2011 9:03AM

    Always finding something new to challenge and keep the workouts fun and interesting - that's Don, rockin' his ride with standing uphill climbs on the bike!

WTG!

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FRECKS96 4/3/2011 8:33AM

    So glad you made it out yesterday!!! It was stunning! Enjoy your ride today and good luck on your jog.

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MRDPOLING 4/3/2011 7:53AM

    Good luck with today and can I borrow a cup of mojo? We're a little low here.

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FERRETLOVER1 4/3/2011 7:52AM

    One time, I forgot my helmet, too. It really felt strange to be on the bike without it!

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JLITT62 4/3/2011 5:15AM

    Get ot there today & revel in the glorious weather!

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BOBBYD31 4/2/2011 10:36PM

    i need to get out on the bike more but i hate riding when it is cold! ( no new bike yet either) glad you had a good ride and i gotta tell ya as you get older you forget more, at least it was glasses and helmet only. i almost left with out my bike one day!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 4/2/2011 10:22PM

    Nice blog I wish I had been there on the bike ride. I was in the pool this am - and did a lot around the house. Tomorrow running. - The challenges of a multi discipline athlete :-)

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ACIMPEGGY 4/2/2011 10:22PM

    And I thought I was doing well with my 9 miles on my dual-action exercise bike!

Good for you, Don! Don't our bods really feel good after we exercise? Such a stress relief.

I watched your fav rendition of your spring song.

Have fun tomorrow...sunglasses will help protect your eyes from cataracts, too.

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WATERMELLEN 4/2/2011 10:03PM

    Oooooh, I like this and will remember it, thank you: "the slippery slope of stinkin' thinkin'..."

And -- a small open jar of peanut butter is another good trick for a persistent dog -- distracts 'em!! (PB has the same effect on me, sadly . . . ).



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