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Nature Ride and Inspiring Video

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Today was a gorgeous day and I enjoyed it thoroughly with a 25 mile bike ride, including a new part of the trail I had not ridden before. There was an incident with a snake in which I had to take my feet off the pedals to evade his raised neck, but my heart didn't even beat too fast. And the snake was fine, too. I saw him slither off just fine. So neither of us was worse for the wear. I did see lots of pretty birds, butterflies, wild flowers. I took my MP3 player with me, but never turned it on. I was just enjoying the crickets and the birds and the other sounds of nature. Although I like my new camera, I kind of wish I had a smaller one that I could carry more easily to take pictures on runs and rides. Many someday.

It's good to set long term goals, right? Well here is some inspiration for a goal to be reached in years to come. Video of 90+ year old men in a sprint race:

Oh, I want to be running for 3 more decades! Now that is one worthy goal!!
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    Like ONEKIDSMOM, I'm deathly afraid of snakes, so I'm afraid I couldn't go riding in your part of the world. But I'm so proud of you for managing to get by 'yours' and pedaling on to 25 miles! emoticon

    I say emoticon to those two older gentlemen! Wow!

    My snake story is similar to ONEKIDSMOM - we stopped for a potty break at an American Indian trading post. Had to stand in line, so my kids 'shopped'. I managed only a small shriek when one daughter came up behind me to show me the rubber snake she'd picked up. I didn't pass out, and yes, she's still living, but just barely. emoticon

    Again, I'm proud of you.
    1655 days ago
  • CINDYW1102
    Hope the weather these last couple of days hasn't been too bad on you. You're a bit south of me, and it's been rainy and stormy, but I think south of us it's much worse. Stay Safe!
    1657 days ago
    Glad you had such a good ride. I loved the video! Thanks for sharing it.
    1657 days ago
    Twenty five miles is very impressive, Marsha! (As for the snake part, you were very brave!) Thanks for sharing the video. I can only aspire to be that athletic at 90!
    1657 days ago

    What a great video!!!
    I, too, want to be running for years and years to come.
    1657 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Snake! Yikes! So glad all we usually see around here is pretty garter snakes :P Happy you made it by safely!!
    That is one awesome video! I can see you running in your 90's, yes I can. because you are determined and doing everything you can to make yourself into an elite runner :) Go, Marsha, GO!
    1657 days ago
    1658 days ago
    Can't say I love snakes, but I'm glad you weren't phased (either of you!) Often prefer not to have my iPod playing when I'm outdoors . . . because like you I want to pay attention to what surrounds me.

    Those 90 yo guys: yay them. That's totally gonna be us!!
    1658 days ago
    Your'e doing great!
    1658 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    I just put my Giant hybrid up for sale. I'm buying a road bike for my entry level into Duathlons & Triathlons! I love cycling now. Funny how it's great cross training for the run. You think your muscles are trained then your quads scream no!
    Glad you enjoyed your wheeling through nature, Marsha!
    As in your area, I know you have those heroes in the highest "Grandmaster" class of your races. I've become friends with many that do the same local races. I always tell them I wanna be like them when I grow up. Truly, they are all role models!
    1658 days ago
    Guess I'm not going biking in your neck of the woods... I have this horrid fear of snakes... just ask my son what happened to his paper snake he bought at a museum gift shop and tried to show off to his mother. This was when he was in about 4th grade. You know that "fat broad" in the BC comic strip...? Yep, shredded.

    He made the mistake of dangling it over my shoulder from the back seat.
    1658 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    You lost me at SNAKE. Scare me to pieces! Glad you enjoyed the ride and no harm to either of you!
    1658 days ago
    Definitely a worthy goal. You would be the one to do it!
    1658 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Great video! It is my goal to be in a warm state (AZ) living in 2 years or less...then I could be riding my bike out for those snakes! My folks lived in FL for 15 years...coral snakes...ugh! emoticon
    1658 days ago
    My daughter has really been enjoying her bike these days. She asked if I would like a 3 wheeler. Told her "NO", but would like to learn the new bikes with the gear shifts. You can tell how long it has been since I have been on a regular bike.
    1658 days ago
    25miles of sounds like heaven. Marsha how do you do it? I mean how do you balance the time it takes to ride your bike, run, walk....and still keep house? I have been non-stop today except 20 min to do my hair. It was 1pm before I took a break? I never made it to Target, JCP, or just out to enjoy being out.

    Right now I have 1hr before I have to get the kids from the bus stop and then it is on to phase 3 of my day. I mean you even get grands and have a fun day.
    1658 days ago
    I love your cross-training! I usually listen to an iPod but also find that many days, (especially hiking) the beauty of the trails is totally enough.

    It truly is soothing to the soul, is it not?

    Glad to hear both you and the snake both survived your surprise encounter with each other! I'm a believer in "live and let live!"
    1658 days ago
    1658 days ago
    And then there is Ed Whitlock, who ran a marathon in 3:25:43 at age 80.

    1658 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/3/2013 1:02:45 PM
    I have to say that I was totally inspired until you mentioned snake. Do you happen to know what type it was? That sounds really scary. But I am jealous about the ride. I haven't seen my bike since we went camping and I can't wait to get back out there.
    1658 days ago
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