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Sunday @ the SparkHaven!

Monday, March 05, 2012

Since getting my stereo up & running in my workout room upstairs (what I like to refer to as my SparkHaven!) I've SO enjoyed my music while on my treadmill. Sundays seem to be my treadmill days lately as I want to save gas by not going back & forth to the fitness center.

Yesterday the snow was coming down in such huge flakes it was mesmerizing during my 'millwork to watch them blowing and swirling about.

Toward the end of my 60 minutes on the treadmill one of my favorite "pump me up" songs came on: La Fiesta! by Chick Corea & Return to Forever:


Here's another spirited rendition of La Fiesta offered by flamenco guitarist Tomatito in a duet with Dominican Republic pianist Michel Camilo:


It's a marathon 23 minutes long. After fast-forwarding through the noodling beginning things start to ramp up so I challenged myself. These days my treadmill pace has been 4-4.5 mph with an occasional few minutes at 5 mph for a short song. I decided I would wrap up my 'millwork with 18 minutes of sustained 5 mph...great push and a soggy, smiling mess when I finished! :-)

Is everyone in the northern lats getting excited? Especially those of us such as myself eagerly awaiting the arrival of daylight savings time next weekend?

After our cold blast of 12 degrees last night and tonight with highs in the 20's we are rocketing up to 50+ degrees this Weds. / Thurs.! I have a half day of comp time I'm hoping to parlay into some joyous outdoor cycling time perhaps on Thurs.? We'll see if the stars align properly...!

Off to strength training and Spinning class after work today. I'm hoping that these Spinning classes will put me a step ahead of re-acclimating myself to my bike again. Each spring I go through some niggling self-doubts about my cycling abilities as a few months off the bike leaves me feeling a bit of a stranger to my own bike! Shortly it will be time to blow through it and hit the road!

Have a great week everyone!

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    Snow????? Isn't that a four letter word???? LMAO I get such a kick out of your tunes, Don! Thanx for being you!
    2287 days ago
    As always, very inspirational, great read!
    2298 days ago
    Great way to motivate a great work out . . . and get into great shape for the spring cycling!!
    2298 days ago
    Sounds busy, productive, and fun!
    2298 days ago
    Love that "SparkHaven"! I have a love/hate relationship with my treadmill...wish it were out of the way half the year and adore it the other half! Glad you are gearing up for biking ahead of time! emoticon
    2298 days ago
    Love my home gym to and cannot wait to be outside again after work.
    2298 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    wish i had a room for a treadmill...........
    way to go!!!

    2299 days ago
    I am so jealous!!!! It is supposed to be 60 - 65 Thursday. I have to work and won't be home till about 8:00PM.

    I'll send you happy cycling vibes Thursday afternoon and you'll have to enjoy it for the best of us.
    2299 days ago
    You've empowered yourself by creative problem-solving and trouble-shooting and now you have an amazing space. Your positive Vibrations are fairly palpable, resonating ALL THE WAY to the mid-south...yeah, Don, I CAUGHT'EM!


    Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations
    Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations
    Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations
    A happenin'

    Good good good good vibrations
    (Oom bop bop)
    (I'm pickin' up good vibrations)
    It's giving me excitations
    (Oom bop bop)
    Good good good good vibrations
    (Oom bop bop)
    Shea na na...

    Na na na na na
    Na na na
    Na na na na na
    Na na na
    Do do do do do
    Do do do
    Do do do do do
    Do do do
    emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2299 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Oh yeah, I'm glad thurs is a running day since it looks lime it might be the nicest day of the week! A lot of back & forth weather coming our way, tho.
    2299 days ago
  • REDSHOES2011
    emoticon get your bike ready and zoom out on it when the weather allows again!
    2299 days ago
    I think Wed is supposed to be close to 50 degrees. I am hoping for a nice walk that day. Maybe you can log some bike miles in. If it doesn't rain ): . So, yes, looking forward to the evening light. Spring is on its way! Though the snow sure is pretty after a very light winter of snow this year but what a nice breather from last year, eh? We had mounds of it and it didn't quit. So, let's enjoy the moments and have a good day! emoticon
    2299 days ago
    Awesome!! I wish I had a treadmill at home!
    2299 days ago
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