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Keepin' 'Em Rollin'!

Monday, July 16, 2018

It has been a fairly light year for me so far both in terms of workouts and riding. This weekend was a little better as I joined in on a couple of club rides 35 miles each one Sat. one Sun. Breaking the old sit bones in! ;-)

This lower back disk issue continues to psychologically clip my wings since this past winter. Walking any distance and stairs have become challenging as the pain spreads down my hip and knee. I have my morning yoga/stretching moves which help and fortunately riding my bike has proven to be a relief. The non-weight bearing nature and stretching involved in cycling seems to relieve the pain and happens to be good therapy. I'm not as strong a rider as I used to be, but still love it. We have a friend in a neighboring club who is a medical doctor, only a few years younger than I but is so trim and youthful he looks like a high school kid! He describes the HIIT nature of cycling up hills: "Hills are your friend!" I wise-cracked after yesterday's ride: We made lots of "friends" today! ;-)

Although I've been asked, I have no clear idea how fast I ride. Certainly terrain is a big influence. I tend to be a middle of the pack rider. Gave up on a speedometer a long time ago. Gave up on tracking miles too. Too many wires & gizmos. I'm just into it for the enjoyment and challenge of the ride! Keep it simple: am I sweating? am I sore? am I smiling? Do I love swooping down the hills? It's a good ride!

A friend of mine in our bike club just did a solo tour from Escanaba, WS thru the UP into Mackinaw down to Ludington across to Canada on into Niagara back home to Binghamton. She stayed over at AirBnBs and had a wonderful time! In my sights after I retire (next Feb/March approx.) is a plan I'm incubating to do a bike tour up the bicycle route that hugs the eastern shore of Lake Michigan to Mackinaw Island. Probably do the AirBnB circuit too. Whatcha think? Up to a challenge? Wanna join in the fun? ;-)

I recently read a pros/cons article on keto as I'm a long-time devotee. I think if one takes a vegetarian approach to keto one eliminates most of the cons. I also like to fast one day a week from Sun. night to Tues lunch and the other weekdays I use intermittent fasting: no food from dinner until lunch the next day. It's a rhythm that agrees well with my body. The only drawback is that I find I can maintain my weight without working out and I get lazy...lol!

All in all life has been wonderful and I'm filled to overflowing with gratitude for my life, my new wife (last October) and this body of mine that can still do awesome stuff!

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    You are such an inspiration!
    868 days ago
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    870 days ago
    "Am I sweating? am I sore? am I smiling? Do I love swooping down the hills? It's a good ride!"

    What else do you really need?
    870 days ago
    Sounds lovely - I'm happy for you!


    870 days ago
    Hi Don,

    For someone who's dialed it back for a while, you were looking pretty good on Saturday's ride.

    870 days ago
    So good to hear from you, Don.

    I had to chuckle when I read your comment regarding the drawback to your dietary habits especially since I just read something that indicated it was necessary for one to significantly increase their physical activity following weight loss, if they expected to maintain that weight loss. I found myself thinking, "What?!" That's not been my experience at all. I was far more active physically during the weight loss phase and have not been as physically active during my maintenance years. There have been some health reasons for it; but, still … I've managed to maintain the weight loss despite reduced physical activity. My nutritional habits aren't quite keto. But, they're close. I didn't realize that I was an intermittent faster; but, I am and I eat meat sparingly

    Keep incubating that bike tour up the eastern shore of Lake Michigan to Mackinaw Island. It sounds wonderful!
    870 days ago
    Love to hear from you reporting in, Don. You are happy and all the changes you had to make in your life are so worth it!! Glad you are still able to enjoy that biking and that it feels therapeutic -- your post-retirement bike sounds like something really fun to look forward to!!
    870 days ago
    Wonderful, Don!
    870 days ago
    Congrats on wedded bliss. Didn't know that had happened for you.
    870 days ago
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