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Vehicle Inspection

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Both of our household cars are up for their annual vehicle inspection this month, which is about to become even more crazy/busy than it already has. So I decided to do a two-fer today and bring them both into my auto shop.

One person, two vehicles...hmmm...okay, I've been slacking a bit lately on my workouts due to bicycling events attended in which I couldn't participate...twice this week. So I knew I needed to kick it back into gear today.

Dropped off vehicle #1 and since the auto shop is only 6 miles away I jogged back home and later drove the other vehicle down to swap 'em out.

In the meantime I caught up with my bicycle-repairman neighbor as I had troubles swapping out my old bike saddle for my slick new Brooks Flyer saddle:


I leaned up against my car to enjoy actually SITTING on my bike and new saddle...can't wait to get going!

Which brings me to MY vehicle inspection: still standing by my zero sugar, zero grain approach to food. However I have to admit to having a few days slip by in which I haven't tracked everything and gone a bit overboard here and there. The weight has continued to fluctuate between 212-215...and you know? I'm not beating myself up, nor itchy-antsy to knock those pounds down quickly and am almost sighing into this pause with a degree of comfort as I know slow & steady wins the race. But I have to tighten up on the whole tracking deal...it is the last acquisition in my arsenal of living a SPARKED life and because of this it is far too easy to allow it to slide. Tune up time! :-)

Tomorrow brings me my long-awaited "vehicle inspection" as I pow-wow with my cardiologist and "theoretically" this should be my last day on my anti-coagulant medication...woo hoo!

Some nervousness persists, however, in that I will have less than two months to get ready for the Five Hundred Miles Across New York and I realize that my relaxed approach to working out (getting only 3-4 cardio sessions in per week) may leave me coming up short when it comes to getting ready for a solid week of 70-80 miles of cycling each day!

Already an opportunity for a self-supported ride will slam into me my very first weekend of riding at the end of May...I really don't want to pass this up, but dare I jump into this so whole hog right away...? I'm way WAY torn!!

Stay tuned while I wind my way through the crazy-busies ahead!

Keep 'er Sparkin' everyone!

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    So, how did your powwow go and how has your week been?

    My "vehicle" has been running on empty lately, thus the delay in visiting blogs!
    1392 days ago
    Long time since I've stopped by-hope all went with wtih the "inspection".
    1393 days ago
    Hope you had good news from the "machanics." Im feeling super jealous of the amount you have been riding lately. I dont think I have put in 20 miles on my bike this year so far. This weekend will change that.

    If you feel good I wouldnt pass it up. You know you so do what feels good.

    You rock!
    1400 days ago
    Don -

    Hope you're feeling up to the touring challenge, and the doc gives you a clean bill of health.

    I, personally, found touring with others fraught with scheduling challenges. I found a guy who shared my schedule preferences for rising, riding and resting, and we did well. Until he had to leave for work related reasons.

    Best wishes on all fronts!

    Doug emoticon
    1400 days ago
    Looking forward to hearing about the doctors appointments.
    1400 days ago
    You'll know what's right when the time comes, Don: you're pretty tuned in. No need to make a decision TOO much in advance, right?

    All best with your check up. You've had an awesome recovery and used this time to consolidate in so many different ways!!
    1400 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    hope all went well with your dr's appointment...

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    1401 days ago
    How is your mood without sugar?

    I tried it once, and looking back, I was quite in a depressed mood those times.

    Thanks for the comments on swimming... what are your options for swimming around you?
    1401 days ago
  • HILLSLUG98239
    I bet that new saddle is pretty! As a lover of hand-lugged steel-framed bikes, I love the thought of a Brooks saddle crowning my beauty. I'm just scared of investing that much and then wimping out during the breaking-in process.
    1401 days ago
    Have a great doc apt today and, wow, 500 miles across NY sounds like fun.
    1401 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I hope you like your new saddle and that your doctor visit goes well. You take such good care of yourself. I am sure you are going to figure out how to prepare for that 500 mile race. Have a very good tune up..hope the end of May works out for you!
    1401 days ago
    Considering how my quads felt after 38 miles, I would be hard pressed for that 70-80 mile cycling day... but someday... someday. Good luck with your training, and well done with your recovery! May that cardiologist appointment bring confirmation of good news. emoticon
    1401 days ago
    How are you doing with your water intake? I find that if I up my water my weight goes down much faster as long as everything else is in line.

    Good luck on getting off those meds!

    As to the training: ask your doctor about it today. Also talk to those going on the journey and see what advice they can give you to get your body up to speed for this incredible quest.

    I'm probably telling you what you already know here. Just know I support you.
    1401 days ago
    Good luck with the prep and the decision!
    1401 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Mention the 500 Mile Ride to your doctor and see what he says. See if He will give You the Go Head With the Ride or Not. Enjoy the Saddle Seat. Check with a former rider that has been on the ride before and see what you need to do to get ready for it. You are doing Great. Have a Wonderful Week. God Blessings Always. Take Care.
    1401 days ago
  • _LINDA
    A test ride perhaps, checking out the wheels and rider before the big event..The need to see if this huge event should even be in the picture at this time? Just a thought, is a tough decision..
    There is the double standard of weight with men and women -men in the media can pretty much look like what they want, but not women, but there is also the age thing, women also have to be younger. Way more May December men to women. One of the rare exceptions being Bonny Prince Charles -he preferred the old hag compared to his young bride :P
    Have a great Memorial Day long weekend!
    1401 days ago
    Hi Don,

    Back-in-the-day, long before carbon-fiber bike frames, seats had springs and Brooks made the best saddles. Even back then, Brooks saddles were expensive.

    I see you have been busy, car inspections, bike upgrades and ticker inspection.

    Good luck on your 500 miler!


    1401 days ago
    Can't help you out with the decision, but wishingyou luck.

    Balancing life . . . not easy some days.

    1401 days ago
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