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Another PR for bike riding!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Yesterday I rode 31 miles on the bike trail between Cornwall, PA to Elizabeth, PA and back. A total of 31 miles. How do I feel? Well, let just say that I feel the ride in my upper arms as I type this blog -- BUT it's a "good" sore.

We were going to go to Port Providence, PA (closer to Philly, PA) where the bike trail is paved. Paved trails are MUCH easier than the cinder ash trails. We decided not to head SE when we looked at the radar. It had rained where we went but we didn't get a drop of rain while we were out riding (a total of 185 minutes - 3:05 hr). I was so proud of myself. I got a bit "whinny" during the last 2.7 miles, which were all up hill. but I finished strong and felt great. I immediately fixed a hot bath and soaked in it for a while when we got home.

Some of you may be asking "WHY so many miles?!" Well, last year, before I was diagnosed with breast cancer, DH and I had planned to do the bike trail at in Wellsboro, PA (also known as the Grand Canyon of PA) which is 62 miles long. Unlike yesterday which involved riding up and down a mountain, this path is flat......VERY flat. This is good because my hamstrings and quads will not be streaming as they were yesterday. The bad part about this ride is that there is no down time. We will be constantly pedaling. We plan to get lunch items at the beginning and then ride about 30 miles before we stop for lunch. There will be one more stop for dinner at a great place close to the end of the trail. We are estimating the entire ride to take eight hours with the two 1-hour stops to eat. I am excited about this ride. It is a goal I can get done. An item on the bucket list that will be marked off this year! OH YEAH! WOO HOO!

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OHANAMAMA 8/29/2014 10:32AM

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/25/2014 6:18PM

    Way to go Casey! I'm really happy for you!
Hugs,
Kay

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/24/2014 2:39PM

    You are a rock star and a champion.

I am so grateful to hear about your healthy successes, especially after so many struggles.

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 8/24/2014 1:55PM

    You are an inspiration and your long ride sounds exhilarating.

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BIGPAWSUP 8/24/2014 1:26PM

    sounds awesome


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GARDENCHRIS 8/24/2014 11:35AM

    good for you! Glad your feeling better.

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Taking a rest - a two day rest

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Monday, two days after my 25.4 mile ride, DH and I went for an 18 mile ride. I also did weights in the morning and taught yoga that afternoon. My body is screaming for "another" day off so....I am listening to it. Yesterday AND today will be rest days emoticon

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IMEMINE1 8/20/2014 7:30AM

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/14/2014 5:05PM

    Yes!

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 8/14/2014 8:28AM

    Enjoy your day! And thank you for checking in on me when I was MIA this summer. It meant a lot.


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GARDENCHRIS 8/14/2014 7:52AM

    Absolutely!

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CATHYGETSFIT 8/13/2014 7:58PM

    emoticon Good for you for listening to your body!

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BIGPAWSUP 8/13/2014 11:44AM

    You've earned it.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/13/2014 11:36AM

    Enjoy your rest!

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25.4 miles!

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Longest bike ride yet! I felt "pretty" good through the entire ride. What bothered me the most was the other users of the bike/walk path. We (DH and I) were riding along when a HUGE group of bike riders began to over take us. This is not unusual because we go about 11-12 mph. This group was so large (probably about 20 riders) and they decide to pass when the path becomes more narrow! This forces me to slow down because it causes a traffic jam on the bike path! Also, when over taking another rider (i.e., passing) it is a "polite" thing to say "On your left" when you a behind them. This warns them and they can move over for you. Today there were many people who waited until they were right next to me before SCREAMING! this and, basically, scaring the c*** out of me! But I finished the ride and I averaged 12 mph. This burned a total of 1697 calories! Oh Yeah! Can you do a happy dance with me?

We have already made reservations for a two "bike" trips. One of these stays is in Jim Thorpe, PA where we will ride a train up (which will carry our bikes) and ride the 25 miles back down. The other trip is to Wellsboro, PA, where I plan to ride the entire (62 miles) Pine Creek Trail. I am really looking forward to all these rides!

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/10/2014 3:47PM

    Other people can be so rude, aggressive, and unskillful when sharing the road with cars, bikes, or walking, that it can be deeply upsetting and even very dangerous.

It is easy (and disturbing) to notice all of the bad stuff, that my wife and I try to create a mindfulness practice of thanking each and every person who shares or signals or moves generously, politely, or skillfully.

Thank heavens for the few good drivers out there!

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GARDENCHRIS 8/10/2014 11:49AM

    glad you had a nice ride

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BIGPAWSUP 8/9/2014 9:30PM

    Sounds wonderful. I'm so proud of you getting out there.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/9/2014 7:24PM

    That is great. That's my favorite thing to do in the world. IMHO, people riding fast in packs on bikes don't belong on a bike trail. They belong on the road.

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Went a bit crazy

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Today is REST day because I went a bit crazy yesterday. I did four separate workouts yesterday.
1. 35-minute weight lifting
2. 15 minute deep cleaning a closet
3. 60-minute vinyasa yoga class
4. 16.8 mile bike ride (my longest ride yet!)

So today I am moving a bit more slowly. It's all good! I have a doctor's appointment with the plastic surgeon this morning to discuss the next step in my breast reconstruction. OH JOY!

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CATHYGETSFIT 8/6/2014 1:42AM

    Congrats! Don't overdo it too much.

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/5/2014 3:24PM

    Good for you! Looking forward to hearing some good news.

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MAVERICKDR 8/5/2014 12:42PM

    Hope all goes well with your appointment.

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BIGPAWSUP 8/5/2014 9:46AM

    Wow. Congrats just don't hurt yourself.

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GARDENCHRIS 8/5/2014 7:06AM

    you go girl..... just be careful

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DEW1960 8/5/2014 6:57AM

    Wow, well done.

Rest is important, I am learning that myself. I often push myself too hard with too little sleep and not enough food and then my body goes into starvation mode.

For me the challenge is to find the right balance because I am motivated and have little patience. I want to see progress every day!

May God richly bless you and your family today and provide for all of your needs, physical, emotional, spiritual, and practical.

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Love,

Daniel Walker

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Excellent week!

Monday, August 04, 2014

I had an excellent week last week. I did 3 bike rides. That's a first in a while. I am hoping to get three in this week but will take whatever is handed to me.

DH and I have decided to downsize our house. We contacted a realtor last week and are waiting for him to come home from vacation. This same realtor managed to sell a friends/neighbor's house in a very short time. We are hoping he can do the same for us. Mean while, we are de-cluttering and cleaning whatever we can. I am just trying to organize my yarns right now. I do not need any more yarn!!!! At least I can use the deep-cleaning I need to do as a calorie burning exercise.

It is before 9 a.m. on a Monday and I have already been to the gym and worked out. Now, that's the way to start a week. I will teach a vinyasa power class later today and go for a bike ride with DH. I hope I will be able to walk on Tuesday emoticon

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 8/14/2014 9:42AM

    OOooooo....downsizing and decluttering are SO close to my heart right now. Do you read The Minimalists, Leo Batauba, or Joshua Becker? I am using their sites to help me get over the emotional attachments to things that end up owning me instead of the right way around. It's really my obsession at the moment, letting go of the unnecessary.

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BIGPAWSUP 8/4/2014 7:38PM

    You are amazing. Keep up the great work.

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MAVERICKDR 8/4/2014 4:18PM

    Hope you have another great week. Be blessed.

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/4/2014 3:33PM

    What a blessing to get old energy out of your life and make room for new blessings!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/4/2014 11:07AM

    I'm glad things are going so well. All decluttering is worth the effort, particularly when putting a house on the market. We sold our house in Illinois about 15 months ago and did a massive decluttering job first. It made things so much nicer.

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JOHNMARTINMILES 8/4/2014 9:19AM

    Downsizing is good. I just need a big warehouse for all the tchachkes I have accumulated over the years.

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