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Rollin' On!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Picture perfect day! Rode 12 miles into town to catch up with 8 other bike club members and did the River Road loop which I've traveled many times. Then back into town through Otsiningo park which was JAMMED with people EVERYWHERE soaking up the sun under a cloudless blue sky! Not sure how warm it got (probably well over 60), but at quarter of 9 it's still 52 degrees! Shed the windbreaker after a while early on and back to my favorite way to travel: shorts & t-shirt!

On my way looping back home I ran into 3 more cycling friends who had just finished the River Road loop too. It's a good choice as it has a nice mix of downhill fun and uphill challenges. I was pleased to see I could still get over Kattelville hill near my home while staying at the bottom of my middle gear and not having to granny gear it.

Coming back OVER that hill I had one minor mishap coming back over the hill in that I was a bit zig-zaggy and went off into the gravel and had to stop the bike before it stopped me! Thing is: I have an absolutely HORRIBLE time starting up on my bike in the middle of an uphill ride. BUT: Standing Spin Class Climb to the rescue! Managed to hop right to it!

Racked up a sweet 44 miles today and am nervously pushing myself into commuting tomorrow even if the overnight lows are 36 BRRR degrees!

Trying to beat the effects of the time change by heading to bed early...night all! Make it a SPARKED week! :-)

Don
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SHIROIHANA 3/31/2012 8:36PM

    Wow, sounds like you did make it a SPARKED day! WTG!

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ZELLAZM 3/22/2012 4:03PM

    I missed this blog - guess I got unsubscribed - glad to see you're still posting away rolling on - can you believe that Sparkiversary #5 is coming up soon?

May all your "mishaps" be so minor!

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SASSYCHRIS1952 3/18/2012 9:01AM

    The mileage you put in with your bike rides amaze me! I said it before and I will say it again---New York state is beautiful and you are truly blessed to live there emoticon
Have a great Spark day emoticon emoticon

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2BMYOWN 3/16/2012 9:24PM

    Now THAT is dedication to the max. My daughter told me about a place in town that sells awesome bikes, I'm going to pick one up and start riding it to work, too, BUT after the temps warm up to stay! LOL There is a fella around here who rides every morning, rain, snow, fog, humidity.....I always think of you when I see him go tooling by. I dunno if he's making a statement, just enjoys it, or has lost his license, I always wanna stop and ask him as I go by! LMAO But I truly admire your dedication to it all, that's something to behold, to me. Keep writing......I'm starting to get a little......****gasp****.....motiva
ted! LOL

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HIPPICHICK1 3/15/2012 11:10AM

    You are doing emoticon
It IS cold riding at this time of year, wind chill created by riding in open air factored in. Hopefully the rest of the week is warm enough for more pleasant commutes.
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EAGLES_WINGS 3/14/2012 8:00AM

    Sounds like lots of fun! Glad you are getting out! emoticon

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LMLOPEZ 3/12/2012 10:35AM

    Don, how great! Spin class is a great aide to outdoor transition :)
Hope your commute this morning was not too chilly. Warmweather around the corner!! Have a great day.

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JESPAH 3/12/2012 10:05AM

    Excellent - and great motivation for sticking with the indoor winter exercise - you USED it!!

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GIANNA345 3/12/2012 9:52AM

    Good work!

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BAZOOKABOBCAT 3/12/2012 8:52AM

    Awesome! I can't wait to get a bike this spring!

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BILL60 3/12/2012 8:48AM

    Sounds like a great ride.

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FERRETLOVER1 3/12/2012 7:20AM

    Glad you were able to stop before you fell on that gravel - gravel really hurts!

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ACIMPEGGY 3/11/2012 11:54PM

    It sounds wonderful, Don!

You have a Sparkly week, too! emoticon

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OUTDOORGIRL69 3/11/2012 10:15PM

    Sounds like you had a good day. I wish it was 52 here. 32 only.

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FRECKS96 3/11/2012 10:12PM

    Awesome!

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BROOKLYNROSE 3/11/2012 9:57PM

    awesome:)

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VALERIEMAHA 3/11/2012 9:20PM

    Picture perfect indeed. Cycle on Don, you're my cyclin' hero!


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DAYHIKER 3/11/2012 9:13PM

    It sounds like a perfect day for you--just what you've been eager for! 36 will warm up quickly once you start pedaling seriously! Have a great week Don!

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MYLADY4 3/11/2012 9:05PM

    Sounds fantastic and am jealous. Hoping to get out for a spin on Wednesday.

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