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Earth Day: On the Road Again...!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Well it wasn't the most INSPIRING of days to get out on my bike, BUT: it was finally DRY! And another dry day doesn't appear to be on our horizon for another week or so...ugh!

Plus, hey it's Earth Day! What better way to celebrate than to ride on down to the fitness center, over to the office to see a few clients and then head toward home and pick up a few groceries along the way! Nice to put one of my new panniers to use:

Unfortunately a mishap along the way to the fitness center resulted in Fall #2 on my bike. I wasn't paying quite the attention I should have been paying considering I was traveling along a very busy upper Front St. Otherwise I would have been able to have stopped before this car I was riding along-side turned into me with the intentions of pulling into a strip mall. It wasn't really a big deal...I just sort of bounced off and tumbled onto the street, still somewhat astride my bike albeit sprawled on the ground instead of upright. No tears in my clothes, even though I could already feel the joys of road rash radiating from my left knee & left elbow. The driver was mortified and so worried about me. I think I was even MORE mortified and ashamed and just scooted on my way, waving aside all of her worries.

Afterward I kicked myself as it could have been a bit of a teaching moment for both of us to talk and acknowledge our errors and need to be more observant in the future. Hopefully she'll connect the dots without my!

In this rabidly litigious society I try my best to be as accepting of these minor mishaps as possible. The same goes for dings in the car, etc. I'm not going to have a meltdown and report to insurance companies every little thing. Although I realize the odds are against me, but I just hope others can be the same way.

So I went my merry way, worked out my "kinks" on the elliptical...nice hot shower felt good!

Question is, I have "plans" for tomorrow:

Since the weather is going to be inhospitable yet again I have been looking forward to savoring one of my fitness center Sat. mornings, kicking off with Spinning, then strength training and other cardio fun...including swimming which I think would feel OH so nice! After a few hours of that? Pick up a couple tons of wood pellets, load 'em up and stack 'em up at home: all 100 forty pound bags!

Let's see how I feel in the morning... :-)

Everyone have a healthy, happy Easter holiday!!


ps...trying to keep a running tally of my cycling miles as I rack 'em up this year...135 miles so far, wish it could be DOUBLE that, but I'll take what I can get!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MRDPOLING 4/29/2011 1:59AM

    I bet you made Homer Simpsons, "DOH!" on that one! Ouch dude!

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LADYGWEN25 4/24/2011 8:38AM

    Ouch on the fall.. take care of yourself! :)

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KIMMARIE11 4/23/2011 10:37AM

    I too am glad that you were not injured in the accident. I also wanted to say that I admire that you 1) Didn't get angry and accusatory and cause it to become something so much more; 2) Didn't immediately seek to gain something out of the accident (as some would); and 3) Thought of it as a possible teaching/learning experience for both you and the driver. That is a somewhat unusual and refreshing response to something that could happen to anyone because we are so distracted by whatever shiny thing happens to catch our attention today. Your post was a nice way to start my first day back at sharing the road.

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L*I*T*A* 4/23/2011 8:49AM

    great you weren't badly injured....
hope you are feeling better today...
blessings and hugs............lita

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TOOTHFUL99 4/23/2011 8:00AM

    Glad you weren't hurt too badly in your accident, but here's the big question...."How's your bike?!" lol That's always the first question I ask after I fall!

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JLITT62 4/23/2011 7:42AM

    Hope the spill doesn't interfere with your plans this morning!

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FRECKS96 4/23/2011 7:28AM

    Ugh, Sorry you had such a rough ride in. I occasionally get "reminders" about needing to be more attentive in my running, so I know the feeling. Hope today goes a little more smoothly for you.

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DAISYBELL6 4/23/2011 7:14AM

    Sorry about your mishap and glad you weren't hurt. Love your panniers!

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ZELLAZM 4/23/2011 5:53AM

    Ouch! Glad you're OK! Must be great to be out and biking to work again. Still haven't got mine out of the cellar - too many other projects going on. Sounds like a killer Saturday! Enjoy!

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LMLOPEZ 4/22/2011 11:45PM

    Don, so glad you are not majorly injured. Thanks for helping out on Earth day and for being so dedicated to your own health!! Hopefully you won't be too sore for you fun filled day tomorrow!!

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VALERIEMAHA 4/22/2011 11:42PM

    ICK! ICK!! ICK!!! Sorry 'bout that mishap. I HOPE you're not all ache-y in the morning! Sounds like you have a VERY productive time mapped out for the gym...and then ONE HUNDRED 40 lb. bags??? WOW!

You are my hero in SO many ways, my friend.

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