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Neither Snow, Rain nor Dark of Night...

Friday, December 10, 2010

My private practice appts. lately have been spreading between Weds., Thurs. and Fri. so I've been working in an hour of Nordic Walking on each of those days by leaving my car parked at my day job and pulling out the poles to walk to my office and afterward back. Save a smidgen of gas and get my cardio wedged in on those busy days!

Yesterday presented a nippy challenge as it was around 17 or so degrees, but after 10-15 mins. I'm pretty warmed up, although my legs still felt the chill some. And THEN after getting back to my car to drop off the poles I needed to get BACK downtown for the Celtic Thunder concert and catch up with DW. I *knew* parking would be tough and probably a waste of time, ending up parking almost as far away as I already was. So...off I go again!

No poles this time, but jogging instead, keeping a nice 4-5 mph pace down those nearly-deserted streets.

Tonight the challenge was the lightly falling snow which made the sidewalks slippery...couldn't "grab" with my poles' rubber tips so I didn't get the benefit of the poles as much...just lightly pushing as they would slide along. EXCEPT on my return trip I spotted a side street that was just wet, no snow...light enough with only an occasional car so I stayed on the street where I could "dig in" with the poles...yes!

But back on the main street again I dealt with the slippery snow cover by deciding that "someone" was trying to tell me to give up on the poles and just jog along, which I did for the last 1/2 of the trip.

The jogging felt good. Not *great*, but at least it was good!

Been picking a lotta brains (aka: fellow cycling club members...lol!) on possible cross country skiing venues and came up with a couple up north a little way, which means the odds of them having more and lasting snow would be greater this winter.

For the benefit of those in / around upstate New York here they are:

Lime Hollow Nature Center (near Cortland, NY):

Highland Forest Park (near Syracuse, NY)

Another unexpected treat came out of the blue tonight and an online friend sent me two Paul Winter albums. These are two from back around 1968-69 that I once owned in vinyl but lost to a flood in our basement ages ago:



I have looked EVERYWHERE for these long out-of-print albums! Christmas arrives early! Woo hoo!

These were very formative albums of his which led to Winter's later success in pulling together what would be one of the most unique and expressive music and musicians known as Oregon:


I had the pleasure of seeing them on the cheap (FREE: as I was an usher for our university jazz club...YES!) performing 3 times back in 1976-78 while attending Michigan State University...also around the time Magic Johnson / Gregory Kelser led the Spartans to win the championship and the town was literally torn up with bar chairs set afire in the median strip of Grand Avenue! Ah memories...lol!

If your musical tastes lean toward New Age, World music with an unorthodox, highly unique spin of its own I cannot recommend either the Paul Winter Consort or Oregon highly enough...truly magical, inspired music for the body and soul!

Nite all!

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    Makes me long for when we lived in the Hudson River Valley! You always inspire me with your dedication to exercise any and every chance that you get. Keep it up. Also put in me the column for loving Paul Winter and Celtic Thunder!
    3685 days ago
  • SCOTTK3000
    Great exercise! I love Paul Winter too. Saw the consort a few times in the eighties. Once in the early 90's at Symphony Hall in Boston. Everyone was howling like a wolf, very cool. I had seats in the Balcony straight back from the stage and then at one point Paul Winter comes out from behind us onto the Balcony and played his clarinet from there. Inspiring. Thanks for helping me to remember that!
    3687 days ago
    Yay for the XC skiing. A friend took me for 2 hours on a challenging (for me) intermediate course at Bear Swamp near Sempronius this weekend.

    Everyone else was a lot faster and more proficient than me, but I burned over 1000 calories and can feel that I used some muscles that needed it, so it's all good. I need to work on my skills so they won't have to wait for me so much next time!

    Some of the downhill ski resorts also rent equipment. Greek Peak has nice groomed trails and skis for rent. Carrie and I went there one day last winter.

    Here's a list of places, some of which also rent equipment:
    I think the map dots in black rent, while the ones in white don't - at least after clicking on a few of them...
    3688 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/13/2010 2:55:11 PM
    I love Paul Winter... his latest album is on eMusic, download for $5.99.


    I'm impressed that your'e keeping up your exercise in the cold, I just wrote part of my blog about that!

    BTW I second the longjohn comment. Polypropylene fiber is supposed to be the best (anhydrous, it wicks moisture away from the body), that's what the military uses for cold weather. Patagonia has some nice stuff, and you can usually find it discounted on the web.
    3689 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/12/2010 2:45:02 PM
  • L*I*T*A*
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    3690 days ago
    Appointments? Are you a medical type person?

    I just realized there are things like that we don't know about each other. Not just you and me, but Sparkies in general. Hmm.

    Cross country skiing. I know it's good exercise. I just can't get over my desire to do not much with snow except shovel it outta the way.
    3690 days ago
    Way to go, Don, to get in all that exercise despite your circumstances! emoticon

    3690 days ago
    I love how you're making it work with your exercise on busy days. We have to be resourceful sometimes...look forward to hearing about your winter bike runs!

    3690 days ago
    Don, you simply amaze me with your dedication to exercise!! Wow!!!
    3690 days ago
    I will definitely look up your musicians...new age, I love Yanni, most Enya...I know, honey, those are the well known ones. I ADORE Yanni at the Acropolis. I also find I like classical Baroque.

    I took some classes at MSU...and can still sing all the words to the fight song!

    My little brother went to school with Magic Johnson (" Mom, we have a new boy in school. He's so nice, and can he play ball! His name is Earvin."

    You need longjohns, Don, to protect your legs. I wear them virtually daily November through April. Also ice grippie thingies for your shoes/boots.

    Sounds like a really good day for you, though. Enjoy your weekend, too!

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    3690 days ago
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