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The Will To Make It Happen!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

For all those Sparkers out there sill looking for something that sets you on fire, lights you up like a neon sign and makes you realize that THIS is what you were born to do: KEEP LOOKING! Keep pushing, exploring, trying out new activities, new adventures. There isn't anything more rewarding than working hard to build a life filled with SPARK and getting out to celebrate it!

I had originally intended to attempt a VLOG but it didn't appear as though it was loading properly so instead I posted the videos from today's ride at YouTube. I included a few messages along the way:


My biggest WOO-HOO of the ride:


More thoughts & views:


Most of today's ride was solo, but I had the pleasure of bumping into another bike club member around the half-way mark. He joined me for the 2nd of my big climbs today and we had fun chit-chatting along the way.

I loaded my bike with 30# of gear in preparation for the Catskill Mountain self-supported tour: 50 miles, almost 3,000 feet of climb and one absolutely GORGEOUS day as you'll see in the videos.

Toward the end of the ride I had one little (in comparison to the two mamba-jamba climbs earlier) climb. It was one of my least favorite types of climbs though: a 90-degree turn BAM! Right into a wall of climb...no ramp up in advance, just a granny slog. Feeling tired from the bigger climbs earlier in the ride, I had a flicker of self doubt: was I going to make it?

That was when I had this thought:

The only things between me and the top of this hill were my legs and the Will To Make It Happen! DONE!

And during that climb I transferred that thought, realizing it applies under so many circumstances as we build our lives filled with SPARK: navigating through the treacherous supermarket with its abundance of sugar/salt/fat bombs, how to make it to the check out lane without succumbing? Remember the thrill of the pay-offs, the awesome things I can do with my body that were inconceivable prior to finding my SPARK! Just like locking into my grannie gear for those tough long climbs, lock into The Will To Make It Happen!

This is no infomercial: this is our LIFE! We can DO THIS!

I am psyched and ready...lemme at those mountains!


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    Thank you for stopping to share the scenery with us. That is one of the things I enjoy the most about outdoor exercise, being IN nature. Great Ride!
    2316 days ago
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    Thanks for the inspiration! It seems there are a lot of us with waning motivation right now - myself included. Part of me wants to be a bear and eat everything in sight in preparation for the winter's cold. But alas, I am not a bear.

    Each day, we climb a mountain. All those mountains add up....!
    2317 days ago
  • _LINDA
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    Enjoyed hearing your voice and seeing those amazing vistas!! Can't imagine going UP that hill, nope can't. Good on you! So glad you are able to do what you love! So important for a healthy mind to go along with that healthy body!
    2317 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    2318 days ago
    How wonderful for you to share the exhilaration your cycling gives you. Yes, it's all worth it...it's all worth it!
    2318 days ago
    Super to share these views and your thoughts in your own voice . . . what a treat!

    And I can feel your passion and your commitment and your exhilaration that you have made this happen in your life!!
    2318 days ago
    Woo Hoo! Let's go for it!
    2319 days ago
    Great! I can tell from your site shares that you are just so into it! That's what nourishes your soul. Good job. Thanks for sharing, too.

    2319 days ago
    I like your helmet mirror...looks much more functional than mine! Thanks for the inspiring words, dear friend. And I loved putting a voice with an image (though it was not at all the way I imagined it!).

    2319 days ago
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    You've been riding the life of Riley the past few weekends with such spectacular rides and the rewarding feeling of being able to get there under your own power. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing the vistas without as well as the ones within.

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    2319 days ago
    Don, I know I have said this before...but you are my hero! You continue to impress me every single day! emoticon
    2319 days ago
    I can't see the videos because of my darn Internet connection, but YOU look great. That attitude will propel you up the mountains. Good job!
    2319 days ago
    I like that..the will to make it happen! Yes. we can do this and apply it to many areas of our lives. I liked the videos..especially the view from the woohoo moment and the river with the bridge. You are cycling around some lovely scenery. Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration.
    2319 days ago
    Hey Don,
    Looks like you had a fantastic day. You were fairly close to me. If you do that ride again maybe I could hook up for a portion.
    2319 days ago
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    WOW! It looks like you had a great day, and ride! emoticon
    2319 days ago
  • GHK1962
    Wow ... great going Don. That sounded like a great day all around ... even with that last evil no time for gaining speed hill.

    And it's nice to put a voice to a (smiling) face. That 3rd video .. at the bridge/river - man that makes me want to jump in and swim it looks so calm and sunny.

    Though ... the 2nd video - you actually rode down at the speed you mentioned?!?!?!? Holy guacamole ... I have never gone that fast.

    And again, nice job on a great ride on a great looking day.
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