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9/25/11 1:34 A

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Howdy....just pulling up a seat to have a mocha and watch the world go by.

“When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.”



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6/14/11 9:24 A

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Allison, you are rippin' through your training. Great success. Keep us posted.

I stopped my bike training for a couple weeks while DH and I worked on a small cabin we are building in Idaho. But I try to get to the pool a couple times a week and to the gym. Gotta get back to training for my August bike tours. It's sorta depressing to ride right now. It's the middle of June and we've have a handful of sunny days since January. Rain Rain go AWAY!!!


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BIKIN_NURSE Posts: 178
6/4/11 1:43 P

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is anybody out there???

5 weeks into my turbofire workouts and i can definitely say they're improving my cycling. today was the first time my avg mph was over 13 for my searcy ride. doing great on the flats but still pretty much suck going uphill. but there was no wind today so i can say for sure that it was all my own effort. WHOOHOO!!!

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5/22/11 5:23 P

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hey patty!!
well today i finally made myself swim 800 meters nonstop(at least i think i kept count). took 30 minutes doing my own sidestroke style. had a great ride yesterday with my cycling friends and my avg mph is getting a bit better - yippppeeeeee!!!! haven't found out if there's a time limit on the swim portion. couldn't find anything on the usat website so guess i need to contact the event itself. but at least i know i can move myself through the water for the required distance.

what's going on with everybody else?

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5/15/11 9:07 P

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Hi Allison. Good to hear from you. Yep, it's pretty quiet around here nowadays. The terrific members of this little team were a big part of my fitness success early on and I am beyond grateful to everyone for the great tours we did together. I have maintained my success and continue to find new ways to mix it up. I certainly don't give the old body time to get bored with a routine. I have two tours this summer. Poor planning because they are just three days apart and the second one will be the hard one--riding the Great Divide route from Banff to Fernie BC. First tour is the San Juan Is. in Washington state. I have to keep training for all that in August.

I sorta stopped doing "events" a couple years ago. Maybe I'll find one that excites me again and I'll jump back into it. They are great training and health motivators.

Congrats on your training for your tri. I'm excited for you. That's pretty funny about your issues with the crawl. he he Will there be a time limit on your swim? How far do you have to swim?

Thanks for stoppin' by and having a cup a coffee with me. Take care. Patty

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5/15/11 4:52 P

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we've all pretty quiet this year. guess we've all been busy doing our own thing. thought i'd check in on the team. i hadn't been making any progress in my fitness joiurney so thought i'd try something new.....got the turbofire dvd set and have been doing that for the past couple of weeks. lost a couple of pounds and today i hit the pool again for the first time in about a month. swam about 800 meters in 45 minutes using my own style - sort of a side stroke. the crawl just seems to be beyond me at the moment - keep sucking water in when i take a breath. anyway - i'll keep at it. the race is in 5 months.. finally saw my name on the entry list.... made it much more real!!! gotta get to work.

what's every one been up to? congrats on the 5k, happynsmiling. the tour de rock to benefit the central arkansas radiation therapy institute (carti) is coming up next month - haven't decided if i'll do the 35 or 50 mile route. last year was so hot/humid couldn't quite do the whole 50. anybody got any rides/races coming up?? let's hear about 'em!!

stay healthy and keep on sparkin'!!!!!!!!!!!

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3/30/11 11:35 P

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Way to go Allyson (sp?) That's terrific. Next ride, try to find a nice dry sunny day and enjoy those miles!

I'm riding with our club once in a while. Did 40miles last Saturday under much better weather conditions that you had. This coming Saturdays ride looks to be more like yours was. We don't have a good cause to keep us going. Just dumb determination.

I'm training for a few bike tours this summer.

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3/30/11 10:08 P

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here's what i did this past saturday....
well - today was the day. in spite of awful weather - cold/drizzly rain and wind i did manage to finish this year. 35 miles. had to listen to my conscience when the route took me thru my hometown i was so cold and couldn't feel my feet. was thinking,"go on home, get warm. this is crazy" but then my conscience said "well,yeah, you could bail but these kids can't. they're stuck and can't run away. the cold/cramps are temporary, CF is permanent" so even though i didn't really feel like going on, i did anyway. can't say i had fun but felt good that i was able to complete this ride. there was actually a pretty good turn out in spite of it all, had about 215 registered riders and around 115 or so actually rode. i'm very proud of everyone

how is everybody else keeping busy?

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3/17/11 5:28 P

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One final thing, if you don't mind my nosiness....

Since I wasn't "competing" (and I love the way you put it by the way) I found that I was too relaxed at the transitions on my first couple tris. Then I learned I was losing gobs of time just primping at each transition. After the swim, I would rinse off my feet and sit down to dry off and put on sox and shoes. Dumb. If it was a cold morning start--as it is on a pool swim where slow swimmers start real early--I would dry off real well and put pants and a jacket on too. Dumb. Then I finally learned to transition quickly. Even if you don't care about your time, you will probably care if they enter a DNF behind your results, which happens if you come in so late that they have turned off the timer. I got one of those on my first tri. (PS I don't "run"...I do a sorta race walk.)

I do recommend you put a small bucket of water by your bike to rinse sand/dirt off your feet after the swim.

I still recommend a farmer john style wetsuit. As I say, it's not about the temperature of the water. You swim faster in it and the buoyancy saves you a ton of wasted energy. Counters the energy you will waste stressing out about all those swimmers around you and will give you a boost of confidence. Maybe rent one and give it a try this spring. Then you'll know.

Sounds like you already have this figured out. I'm not worried about you at all. I bet you love it so much you get hooked!

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3/17/11 2:58 P

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you remember correctly...i'm aka alyson or aly. rest assured i have NO delusions of blazing a trail and earning a sponsorship. as you say, i'm there to participate and see if this 50+ lady can complete this challenge.

i tend to be a timid rider and i usually handle riding in a larger group by hanging back a bit and staying toward the back. sounds like that might be a useful strategy for the swim as well. not sure that the water temps will qualify for wetsuits. have gotten a trisuit unitard thing that i'm swimming in. just need to try it on the bike,,,the chamois is pretty minimal. but that should be fine.

no master's swim class anywhere near me so i'll just plug away and look for input from the lifeguards and other swimmers. did have one tell me i had a nice smooth stroke. that was a boost as i hadn't been swimming in years. floating around on a noodle doesn't count i guess does it?

i go to the gym after getting off work 2-3 times/week for strength training and elliptical,ride the trainer in between and ride my roadie on the weekends.

well, just touch base periodically and check on me. thanks everybody!!!

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3/14/11 1:27 P

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Please forgive me Bikin_Nurse......I have forgotten your first name. I seem to think it is Alyson, but forgive me....I'm old! (Not a good reason, but a believable excuse).

I saw that you had posted last week, but didn't have time to reply. Thankfully, we have seven months to stay in touch and keep you motivated and training. I'm so excited that you jumped in and signed up for this event. These are the most fun of anything.......just do yourself a favor and try not to compete with the elite athletes. Until you get to the iron man events, you will usually find plenty of people who are just there to challenge themselves and not worry that they aren't competitive for a trophy.

Gas_Sag is right about getting over the fear. I felt severe anxiety before my solo bike tour in Texas last month. Luckily I started planning early, like you have. That allowed me the time to get over the worry and fear and start to focus on getting trained and all my ducks lined up. You have time....so go ahead and say, "Yep, this is scary and all sorts of bad things can happen, BUT, I'm going to do this anyway." Then put your head down and get to work. Focus on all the work to be done to get you there. You won't have time for the fear. But if you, instead, focus on that fear, you'll never get started seriously training.

You have met the first big challenge.....you signed up. How cool is that!!! My slogan was always, "I don't compete, I participate." Just taking all that pressure off, really helped me enjoy my tri's. And the open water swims are the best thing since sliced bread! Except for the issue you raised about the other swimmers. With everyone's adrenaline rushing and that competitive spirit, some folks become very thoughtless and tunnel vision takes over. They don't see other "people"..they see "competitors". Anyway, I handled it by swimming wide. It may take a bit longer path by not trying to clip the buoys, if you have any to swim around, but it keeps you out of the direct line where the super competitors are swimming. As tempting as it is to get in the water first, it also puts those faster swimmers behind you. It is, as you say, scary to have all those swimmers in the water around you. And, no matter what the weather is--WEAR A WETSUIT. Not a fashion statement, but a necessity. It helps you float so you save all that energy you would use to just stay afloat. You really should try one out before the tri and see how wonderful and easy it is to swim in a wet suit. I used a farmer john type--no sleeves. With sleeves, you will feel binding at the shoulders.

Well, I cannot tell you anything you can't read in any book or website, but I can offer you encouragement. Please train and get strong. Swim regularly. Taking a master's swim class is a great way to train. Remember to do your strength training--a must. And ride your bike. IT's that simple. You'll gain confidence once you are able to start including a full event in your training. Once a week or so, DO the tri alone or with a training partner. Just easy and make it fun. It would be good to do as many open water swims as you can and ask a couple friends to swim beside you. Try it when the water is choppy, too, once you feel strong and are comfortable with open water distance swimming. I am excited for you just imagining you doing this.

I cannot tell you how envious I am that you have this chance and have taken it. Wonderful, Wonderful. Please keep me posted and let me know if you have questions or worries as you train. You can do this!! Have a blast!

If you want, I'll tell you about my fears. But this is too long already.

Do you have a SparkPage? It would be so great if you got one, then everyone could go directly there to encourage you and follow you on your journey. You could blog about your training and we could take your journey with you. Anyway, something you might consider.

Take care and I wish you all the success in the world. WooHoo!!! Go for it!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Edited by: NIKNAKPATTYMAC at: 3/14/2011 (14:52)
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3/10/11 10:52 P

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you can do it! it is mind over matter.

Last year I learned a lot while on my 300 mile bike ride, first off if you tell yourself you can do something you can probably do it, If you tell yourself you can not you are more apt to fail. Wednesday I got that answer again from a trainer I was talking to. Basically I do not push myself hard enough because I am afraid I will fail. She said the only way things are going to get better is by overcoming fear. With that being said you can do it. Just keep working at it and it will come. :)

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3/10/11 5:20 P

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now, i've gone and done it. registered myself for an aquabike event!! planning to participate in the orlando's women's tri festival in october. will do the sprint aquabike. 7 1/2 months to go. much work to be done on the swimming front. jim - any hints would be appreciated.

everyone-help hold me accountable on the training front. it's easy for me to slack off when it seems so far in the future. looking forward to the challenge but nervous also. learning how not to suck the swimming pool into your lungs is much easier than an open water swim with alot of others around you churning up the water. EEEEK!!! but, i'll get there.

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3/7/11 1:21 A

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This is NOT a leaderless team as the notice would have you believe......I just get busy and we aren't doing any tours right now....check back regularly as we DO actually get going once in a while....

Perhaps we should try for a new co-leader. I'm sure Cindy would want us to do that. Anyone?

And, anyone is welcome to start a new tour...just let us know if you have any ideas and others who are interested.

In the meantime, just kick back here at the local bike shop/coffee house and enjoy a latte with us.

“When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.”



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1/1/11 10:40 P

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The story is sad, my condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim/s, I have not been around long enough to remember her, but would still like to show my support to the team!

A couple months ago we had a teenager driving in a busy down town area, he was turning and hit a car and 3 pedestrians then just kept right on driving all because he was talking on his cell phone. This past week he got off with just 3 years probation & community service.

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12/30/10 5:22 P

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Thanks Patty.....I shared the news with my wife and she too was not understanding as to how this would affesct me since I have never met her in person as well. May be some day as a bucket list item I will try and travel down to Amarillo and ride through Cindy's favorite canyon with my camera in hand for the view.

It is hard to believe that they were were not able to indite because of riding 3 vs 2 abreast. Nonetheless it is still inattentive driving.

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12/26/10 4:14 P

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Dear Dear Jim,

Thank you for your heartfelt post. I was hit extremely hard, as well. Remember that first TransAm when we detoured to visit her home in Amarillo and she "took us on the ride" up her favorite canyon..Palo Duro? She talked about that alot and trained hard to do that climb in style...she succeeded. Always pleasant and a great imagination as we all rode together and you and she bantered about the wine. I remember you two discussing your kids in high school and their swim meets and activities. I can certainly understand how it would hit you hard.

I am heartened to have you to remember her with. It's been hard trying to describe her to DH and have him understand how I feel.

I understand that this was an online friendship, but the connection was made and I cared for her very much.

Such a tragedy for her daughter and husband. My heart goes out to them as does my prayers.

I found a lot of articles in their local paper about the grand jury that didn't indict the young man who killed her--simply because she was riding 3 abreast in a 2 abreast legal area. Also articles about the group that has taken up the cause of getting people, especially kids still in school, to sign pledges to not use cell phones while driving. Do a search for her name "Cynthia Whitney" on Amarillo.com and you will find these articles.

Thanks again and again, Jim. Your words and understanding are comforting..if only to an online friend.

Patty

PS I'm sorry I never got a tour going this year. Real life called. Maybe we can get some interest after the New Year. Take care dear friend.

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12/23/10 9:07 A

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I am deeply sadden by the news. I do not know why this is hitting me hard. I never met her personally but it seems as if I had a bond with her through our virtual travels. We both had a lot in common with each other and our family interests as well. This is the second death related news involving a cyclist that I have known. There was one in Wisconsin who was the chapter Pres. of our Cyclo-Cross series bike racing.

I'll misss her on the tours I was hoping to be able to meet with her as well on a ride. I guess this scares me in a way because of the routes I take riding are not heavily traveled which would lull someone to use their cell phone only to find me on the other side of a hill or around a curve and not be seen in time and be struck as well. Since my wife does not share my same passion for ridingm, she does not take interest in knowing where I am riding or how long I should be gone. It would be hours before she would realize something is up.

There have been times on our group rides where motorist will insist on passing us when oncoming traffic is coming. Or they pass us without giving us enough time to move into a single file for them to pass us savely. You have to wonder what is so important that the 10 to 30 secs for us to move over is too long for them to wait.

I know I have been guilty of using my cell phone while driving .... I have curbed the use and if I know the conversation is going to be long I now start pulling over and stopping and finishing the call before I proceed on.

There are ordinances out there to give cyclists the right away but it lacks teeth because there is no enforcement and when there is enforcement the sentence or penalties are not strong enough to be used as an example for other motorists to heed to.

I will miss her dearly .... and I will miss having her carrying the wine for us to drink around the camp fire on our virtual treks.

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12/22/10 9:44 P

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how sad - we had made tentative plans to meet up at hhh100 and never heard further. now i understand.........what a waste but maybe good can from from the share the road campaign. don't have words...........

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12/22/10 1:14 P

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Cars are NO PHONE ZONES! period!!! Two years ago I put together a virtual cycling tour across the United States--a Virtual TransAm--on the SparkPeople website. The first person to sign on was a great woman who's nickname was RCKWHITNEY. I will miss seeing her "name" as I scroll through the website from now on. Cindy became my co-leader of the tour. Where I was responsible for keeping the running total of the miles for everyone and following the ACA map route, Cindy took charge of local attractions and especially Oktoberfest celebrations as we virtually traveled through towns. She was a great motivator for all of us. When our little tour took the 10-12 of us virtual cyclists close to Amarillo (Cindy's home town) we detoured so we could travel through her town and "see" some of her favorite rides. One she spoke of all the time was Palo Duro Canyon for it's challenge and beauty. I can still see her riding there. Like her obituary said, "..with a smile on her face."

As I started planning my self-supported six day bike tour in the Texas Hill Country I thought of her. She would be a great person to ride with on this trip. Since she hadn't posted on the SparkPeople site in awhile I Googled her husbands name, hoping to find a phone number. What I got back...the first search result...was her obituary. Apparently killed by a driver using a cell phone and not giving her, as a cyclist, the right of way. I am overcome.

My heart breaks for her husband and young daughter--maybe 17 as I remember. She posted about watching her daughter in swim meets and traveling with the high school singing group to hear her daughter perform. So sad and such a tragic loss.

In her obituary her family asked that drivers put away cells phones and give cyclists the right of way that is legally theirs. Is that too much to ask? Please become one of the many people who have made the decision to put their phones away while driving. No Really....PLEASE.

BTW, It's not just cyclists that are being killed.

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OUCH!!! I just caught a message that appeared on our team page saying the team administrator was AWOL and asked if anyone wanted to be the new leader.....I'd be glad to have anyone be a co-leader with me, but I don't want to abdicate completely. I love this team and it's great riders/members....I am sorry I haven't been here. On the positive side, I'm having a great big wonderful busy busy summer.

I'll try to write about it on a blog soon and I'll try to find some time to read your blogs to see what everyone's up to. Take care and have a latte on me next time you come into the LBS for a visit. Patty

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I haven't been able to ride too much. The kids are involved in too many sports. They are winding down and I should be able to concentrate more on my training. I am about 125 miles behind of the mileage I put in last year.

I did the Omro Race Classic on the 3rd of July and HAD MY BUTT kicked in and handed back to me. The course was 10 miles longer 15 degrees hotter and very windy. There were two conditions that I do not do well in: HEAT & WIND. My average speed was 15.52 for the 43.43 mile course. Last year I avg 18.17 on the shortened course due to road construction. I did stay with the general peloton longer this year ..... does that count?;-) LOL

My wife and daughter with her girlfriend were waiting at the finish line for me ..... this was the first race they were there for me. I wish I would have finished better. I did the race in 2:47:55 now I have a new bench mark to work on. I was 91st overall out of 100; 85th out of 91 males and 9th out of 9 in my age bracket. Obviously I have a long way to go.

After the race I could barely walk. I asked the wife to give me an hour to re-coop before I packed everything up for vacation for the next day. In that hour while watching the TdF, I got up to throw up but no success and drank two cups of water after each attempt which amounted to 4 times. I guess I now know what dehydration effects feel like and what they can do to you. The suprising thing was I felt good on the course and thought I was hydrating fine apparently not.

So massive training and working on hydration for the next race in August which is Race the Lake a 93 mile race.

Jim

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Do a Google search on tram MN and it will bring up all the information including the route. But it starts in and ends in Alexandria Minnesota and goes in a big 300 mile circle.

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7/13/10 10:21 P

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A five day ride? I'm soooo jealous. Where are you going?

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Sharleen pulls in next to patty and orders a tea. The river looks so great and yes it is nice to have the comfy chair. As for Lance everyone has an off day once in a while things will get better.

Things have been crazy and I have not had time for any rides in the last week. But I did concur the one trail that got the best of me the first two times I rode it. I should go out today and try it again to see how it goes. One more week of training and then I am off for a 5 day 300 mile ride. It should be fun hopefully the weather is nice and cool.

*** Sharleen *** Motivational captain 30 something challenge

The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith, a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called Success.


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(Patty pulls in, locks up the bike, orders a mocha at the bike/coffee shop, heads out to the deck overlooking the river, finds a comfy chair and sits back to enjoy the sunshine and the other cyclists company. Of course much of the talk today is about Lance's disappointing day at the TdF, but we are all still fans)

How's it goin? Been on any good rides lately?

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It was kind of funny I was riding with my friend who was also on a single speed, first thing wrong seat was too low making it harder to ride to begin with, secondly I am totally not used to a single speed bike and she is so she could totally take me. On the way back with the seat a little higher it was not quite as bad but still did not go as well as I am used to since there were still hills. I suppose if i got used to it it would be fun, but it would take some time.

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I've been kind of interested in trying out a single speed. Hhmmmmmm!

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Let me just say after last week's extravaganza I like haveing gears to change. Riding a single speed sucks epically on hills. :)

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thought I'd drop in to have my bike tuned up here at the LBS, to grab a mocha breve, and sit on their deck in the sun overlooking the Clark Fork River. So nice. It's quiet around here. I hope everyone is enjoying spring and getting outdoors to ride.

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yes, patty, as in breast cancer. i'm pretty sure she said there were only 3 "rides" i did find that surprising. maybe it's because komen started out as the run and now that its gotten so huge cyclists are finally getting involved. that's just a guess.

bubble bath was very relaxing. now just chillin' on the couch

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Congratulations Allyson. Great Job. "Ride for the Cure" as in breast cancer? I'd like to know more about why there are only three. hmmmm.

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just got in from the ride for the cure in jonesboro, ar. the announcer at the start said there are only 3 of these bike rides in the u.s !?! i found that rather interesting. it was beautiful spring day - started out a little cool and ended up in the low 70S. i did the 20mile ride. plenty hilly for me and i'm excited to say that i rode the whole way - didn't have to get off and walk at all!! emoticon i asked as i was leaving how many riders they had. the ladies thought it was around 200. pretty good turn out. think this was their 2nd year. this is one i'd do again. a challenge for me ( as a hill weenie ) but doable!!!

my favorite was the free massages at the finish!!!

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now, it's time to hit the bubble bath!!! AHHHHHHH!!!

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Hi Petra, Sorry I didn't see your post til this evening. Let me know if you would like me to set up a message board topic for your virtual ride and maybe some others would join you. I would jump in and post my miles whenever I could. Sounds like fun. You could be the ride leader and let us know where we are each day or so, as miles are posted. (I'd even let you do the singing this trip. emoticon )

You can send an email to the team, I think and ask them to join us. If you don't have that option available then let me know what you want to say and I'll send it to the whole team. Where is Santiago de Compostella?

Just let me know and I'll help you get it started. Wish I could do a ride in Europe.

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Mystify

Be the tour guide and mark the trail and map it like Patty did for us and I'm sure some us would check in once in a while.

Like patty said before, we in the nothern climate once the weather is nice to be outside and riding feel very guilty being on the computer. Now if it is raining then you would see an increase in computer time.

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I hope it's okay if I keep tracking my miles on the teams goal? Is it okay to keep reporting miles here? (for the sparkpoints)

I'm seriously considering doing a virtual pilgrimage from Dokkum in the Netherlands to Santiago de Compostela. Would love to be able to do it for real, but taking two months off from work is not an option right now. The trip is around 3000 km. (1875 miles) That should keep me busy through the summer.

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I think everyone will love this one!

The laugh of the day!! So I walked 3 blocks to my car in the rain on my lunch break because I had to move it. Thinking raindrops keep falling on my head! Then start the car and of all songs that could be on the radio what do you think was on? Yep Umbrella! How weird but totally funny!

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Have a great ride Alyson. I'm crossing my fingers for a tailwind all the way and warm sunshine. Patty

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WOW - great way to pass thru the winter doldrums!!!!!!!!!! thanks to all!!!! and getting back to ARK just in time for our 65 roses tour this saturday. keep your fingers crossed for us that the possible rains either come earlier,like on friday, or hold off til later saturday evening. emoticon

i'll post about the tour this weekend

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I grabbed a hot tea and will be joining you at the bike shop while they check out the bike!

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Just got back from our tour in Australia. What a great ride. For now, I've brought my bike in for a tune up and while I wait I'm going to sit out on their sun deck, watch the riders go by on the local bike path along the winding river, and enjoy an Irish Cream latte. (Who am I kidding? I'm going to have a coffee with Bailey's. LOL)

Anyone want to join me?

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Just stopped by the LBS for a mocha and to see if Cindy or Anne are hanging out. They seem to have gotten lost on the road to Adelaide.

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Thanks, Sue. Hope you had a great trip.

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Happy Birthday Patty! I took today off, too. I flew to St. Louis for my grandson's 1st birthday. The actual birthday isn't until Tuesday but his party was today.

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check out the new sticky topic. Yellow Brick Road Redux!

Thanks Cindy...My intrepid Co-leader!! I'll count on you to help again with festivals and other local attractions.

Remember everyone, to use your best Aussie slang:
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Remember to pack your own peanut butter--all you'll find in Oz is vegemite and I can tell you from experience, that stuff can be nasty! LOL.

G'dye, Mytes and Sheila's.
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We hit several of the hot spots in Australia. We started in Brisbane, visited the opera house in Sydney, and toured an island before ariving in Adelaide. In Adelaide, we watched Lance and did the tour events.

My bike is ready and I'll start looking for events. We need to brush up on our Aussie so we fit in.

Patty, thanks for getting us booked on the flight to Oz. When do we leave?
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since geography isn't my strong suit - i really wasn't sure where ayers rock is. i don't mind skipping it in favor of scenery/eateries/b & b. i hate camping!!

got an hour in on the trainer today so i've been able to add a few more miles to my east/west transcon but sounds like i'll be leaving kansas for oz tomorrow. works for me. ringside for the tour down under sounds great. hey - it's virtual world right?? maybe we can just draft off lance or someone and manage to get on the podium for a stage win or 2!! emoticon

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Pullin' my hair out trying to get a route for us all to "ride" starting tomorrow.......
There was a request for Ayers Rock--I mistakenly thought that was that awesome rock just off the SE coast of Australia (name escapes me), but came to find out it's that huge, red mutha of a monolith in the middle of OZ.

There are no attractions, cities, or festivals to hit if we go through the middle of the country. Just a LOT of dry desolation. We'd have to rely on each other for entertainment. The local festivals and eateries help keep our interest and imaginations going. (Remember the German Beer Fests you found on our TransAm, Cindy?)

If we go north from Perth, it's pretty much the same thing. I want to keep the miles to about 2500-2700 because a ride gets pretty old, stale and folks need to get home and shower by then.

So, toss the dice Patty.......Everyone else buy your plane tickets...we will land in Melbourne to start, then quickly ride to Adelaide for the Tour Down Under starting January 17.
www.tourdownunder.com.au/

In Adelaide, I had the tour company book us all into that swanky beachside Seapod B&B, where we stayed last year for the Tour
www.seapod.com.au/

We deserve a little luxury after our hard mountain bike tour along the Great Divide. I'm tired of hot deserts and cold mountain tops and dusty road--, not to mention lions and tigers and bears oh my.....anyone else?)

We will start our next ride tomorrow, Monday, January 4, 2010. I'll get a sticky topic started and sparkmail everyone. No rest for the wicked!

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Great day for a walk here. I got in 4 miles plus 2 on the bike. Dec was my best month ever thanks to this great team. Thanks to all.

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Patty,
Did you try your Speedo MP3 player yet? Sounds really cool!

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With -6 and -15, I shouldn't complain about a 26 degree high. That is really cold!!! Brrrh!

I'm a wimp and got 5 miles on the treadmill yesterday. I saw the Bullet Infomercial and a football player running down the field. haha

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Would love to be a Aussie for a while! I will take the snakes if it means warm weather. Woke up to -6 this morning but had a great day yesterday, went up to the mountains for a hike and a pick nick with the fam. It was a whole 32 degrees!
Got a great 6 mile hike through the snow and even got to see some elk.
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OMG it is cold here. -17 degrees right now. Fortunately, little wind.

Elliptical 61 minutes, 12.2 miles.

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-15 wind child, so didn't bike outside today, of course the snow and ice on the roads from the foot of snow we got last week might have been part of the reason too.

Walked 10 minutes outside!
40 minutes, 8 miles, on the elliptical.

Happy New Year everyone!

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I feel your pain, while at the same time I'm laughing, cuz I've ridden with folks like that who say, "Just an easy ride, not a hard training ride." Then I get dropped within a mile. Really hurts the old motivation. Sorry you didn't get a good long ride in, but I'm proud of you!!!

Just to help you a bit with your Aussie....it's "G'dye, Mite!" and we went past Ayers Rock last year...If I remember correctly that was on the east coast....sorry. But there will be plenty of other gorgeous scenery opportunities. I'm glad you'll be joining us.

Happy New to You!

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well the morning ride didn't go as i'd hoped. someday i'll remember that when a hardcore cyclist says a slow, easy ride with some hill work that actually means 20+ mph going up a 90 degree incline!! emoticon . had to turn back so only did about 5 miles outside. then once i got home to prove to myself i wasn't a complete slacker i put in an hour on my trainer.

so, i got back to adding miles to my transcon east/west virtual tour. i'm back in kansas!!

happy trails

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just tell me when we're jetting off and i'm there!! my spanish wasn't too good and don't think my aussie is much better. just what i picked up from steve irwin. "isn't she GORGEOUS!!", GOODAY,MATE. ok, i'm tapped out. sounds like fun. will we get to ride by ayers rock?

bringing in the new year right with a bike ride this morning. my buddy is back from her trip home to czech republic. might just be the 2 of us or could be a whole pack. won't know til i get there. should be fun and chilly!!

see ya on the trail!!

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Hey Patty,
I like your thinking on the boot camp. We could build on each day. LOL The main thing though is just doing what we can.

I really enjoyed our trip to Australia. Since it's summer down under, we don't have to pretend that part. Let's do the northern route and make a side trip to the Tour Down Under.

Happy New Year! Cindy

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Getting ready for the party!!! 2010 will be a great year for us all!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!!

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Hey Cindy, I'm looking forward to the Bootcamp again this year. As I remember, you were my inspiration for my completing every day of it. Remember a couple of times we did the whole weeks videos in one day....killer! I hope you will keep me honest in 2010.

Anyone have any preferences for our next tour? We could finish our Tour of Oz by doing the northern part from Perth back to Sydney...I kinda wanna get back there for the Tour Down Under anyway.....I wonder if Lance is gonna go this year....I'll have to check out his schedule.

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Today was a good day at the gym; 45 minutes on the treadmill and 45 minutes in the spin room. I need to work this into my 2010 resolutions.

Happy New Year Team!!

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Roshen I too loved ride it was tons of fun, wish I could have kept up in the end, but just had too much to do and too little time to post. Now things are beginning to slow down a little and hopefully I can get back into the things I love. Have a very happy New Years, I will be working but am still planning on celebrating with some class mates. Then have one last Christmas this weekend before things hopefully are back to normal.

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Much respect to you all. It has been so much fun going on this trip with you. I won't complain anymore about cold weather(53 degrees) in FL. I'm still riding and miss updating my miles. Patty, you are truly the best at making this interesting. I'll join you for a cup of tea but I won't be day dreaming since the trail keeps pulling me back. Lots of family in town so I dragged them out to ride with me and they've enjoyed it. Loved the links, the treasures found on the way, the carols, the cooking (not the bear meat),and the bonding at camp. Wish everyone a Happy New Year and see ya' on the trail. emoticon

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Patty I am right there with you. It is 10 degrees right now but this morning when I woke up it was negative 5. Imagine laying in bed dreaming about being out on the beach soaking up the sun then getting up ready for work still half asleep and dreaming. Then bam it his you open the front door and are wide awake due to the change in temperature. All I can say is at least I have a nice warm place to live. Espically when it is cold outside. I have a feeling we may be in for a long winter the way things are going. A 3 day blizzard sending more then 1.5 feet of snow on the ground, then a week long snow, rain, sleet, freezing rain, you name it mix all before the true start of winter. Oh what fun it is to live in Minnesota.

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I just logged my miles for the last few weeks onto my TransAm at the government study health page. I'm back in Montana, finally--actually familiar territory for awhile.

I'm hiking in the cold (currently 7F) this evening with The Dirt Girls. Pray I don't freeze to death. I don't think my headlight will give off enough heat to keep me warm.

Now, for some hot chocolate to warm me before the hike. I'm loving listening to all the news here at the LBS.

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And my "mountain" bike needs 1 tube changed. Better get my repairs going. It's probably covered with snow since it's sitting on the back patio.
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I'm back from skiing in Breckenridge and visiting family in Kansas City. In Breckenridge, I gave ski lessons to our 1st time skiers. One of our first time skier girls only fell 1 time over the 2 day period. She did phenomenal! My husband took her on an Intermediate run and she was exhausted. Hopefully not discouraged.
In KC, it snowed, snowed and snowed. We left in the snow. There were 10 foot drifts around Oklahoma City as we drove through. Glad we didn't get stuck in my small car.
Glad to be home and it's snowing again. My husband is chomping at the bit to ride his new mountain bike. The look on his face was priceless when he found his gift. (He followed the clues to its hiding place.) He doesn't have to share this bike and he didn't get a hand me down bike. Hopefully we can ride our bikes in Palo Duro Canyon on New Year's Day.
Patty, awesome job on the last tour! I'm looking forward to our next tour. I'll be doing the Boot Camp work out and riding on the trainer to prepare for it.

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Jim, I hear fruitcake is as old as the recipe.....that there is really only one in existence and it just keeps getting passed around....Very interesting to meet someone who actually EATS the stuff. LOL!!!

Let us know how the rollers go!

(Patty sipping her mocha breve and continuing to lounge in the sunshine, dreaming of the last trip we just survived. What fun!!) emoticon

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Well done .... waiting for the next trip. I'll just listen in the conversation with my coffee and fruit cake. Yes you heard right .... fruit cake.... it is an old recipe handed down from my great grandmother. I do not know if it goes back further than that but I think it might. Any how it goes really great with coffee.

I really did not add the miles on this last trip .... but perhaps just as well so that we could enjoy the scenery longer. I'll be putting the rollers up now that the Christmas rush is over.

Until we meet again on the trails, I'll just stay at the coffee shop with you all waiting for the repairs. I put my at the last of the line so that I could enjoy the company longer;-)

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12/29/09 12:06 A

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What a great ride! Had a blast and looking forward to the next one.
I did sign up for the boot camp and I hope I can put in a good effort. Work will be getting crazy in Jan for a finale push to have everything done for our trip in Feb.
But I am hoping that keeping up on spark will help me not lose focus on my goals.
I've got my latte and truly enjoying the warm weather!

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That was an awesome trip. You are all very inspiring. I enjoyed the food and songs and warnings about dangers on the trail. I'll just have a coffee w cream and wait for the repairs. My bike runs well but the rattling drives me nuts.

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12/28/09 12:34 P

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I had a wonderful Christmas with my sons and DH. But....yep, I did what so many do and I ate too much. So much in fact that I couldn't sleep for two nights--cuz I ate for two days. Miserable and unbelievable that I could still do that to my poor body.

But I woke up this morning happy that the holidays are behind me, all the crap food has been tossed and I can focus on my biking, strength training, and stretching. Like Sharlene, I'm anxious to get back to "me" time.

I'll just sit here on the patio of the bike shop's little coffee shop, bathe in the sunshine, have a cup of green tea with Sharlene. We'll be makin' big plans for 2010!

Is everyone signed up for the annual bootcamp? I loved it last year and did it religiously. I hope I can do that this year.

See you all on the road.
Patty

“When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.”



~Emo Philips~



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Hi guys Sorry I got so lost on the last ride! Things just got so crazy that I totally could not keep up or find any ME time! Hopefully now it is only work left to contend with I can find a little more time!

So now I grabbed a nice stiff drink, and pulled up a chair right along the ocean. Well even if it is only in my dreams it keeps me going. :)

*** Sharleen *** Motivational captain 30 something challenge

The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith, a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called Success.


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12/27/09 9:13 P

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Patty--you're an awesome team leader. Looking forward to the next ride.

"It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade toward dissolution. The reverse is true. As one grows older, one climbs with surprising strides." George Sand
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...til we ride again.

Grab your mocha breve or latte and come sit outside in the warm sunshine--it's always 80F, sunny, and friendly here. We can reminisce about the tour we just completed and plan our next one...

while the bike mechanic gets our bikes tuned up and ready to go....


“When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.”



~Emo Philips~



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