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One last road-sharing blog, then I'll hush up and return to your regular programming

Friday, May 25, 2012

Let me say one more thing: I'm normally a very tolerant biker, driver AND walker. Being "mature" I have been through just about every mindset that can turn someone into a temporary jerk on any means of transit (including bus and subway riding). So my little venting was not my normal behavior... I usually just shake it off.

I once took a class where they asked us about pet peeves and things that drove us nuts. And then, flipping it over, asked us to internally examine ourselves to see if we had ever DONE any of the things that drove us nuts, or could have been perceived as doing them in the eyes of another party. As in the parable of "cast the first stone", we all had to admit that we were not without errors of our own.

The take-away lesson was "everybody is somebody's jerk sometime".

So... as a biker, I try to be considerate of drivers. As a driver, I try to be conscious of both bikers and walkers. As a pedestrian, I try to be conscious and considerate of bikers and drivers. I'm sure I do not always succeed.

Once upon a time, I became suddenly conscious that I was exceeding the speed limit in a zone where children board school busses. There were small children at the side of the road and I had zipped by them... and suddenly I just felt like I'd been slapped upside the head... what was I THINKING? Was it really worth the risk to get to work a few minutes sooner?

No one was hurt. I just became aware. Thank goodness. Seconds make a difference when driving. Thereafter, I ceased being such a hard case about making my scheduled arrival time. If I end up a bit late, so be it. It's not worth risking the life and limbs of someone else's child to me. I can leave a little sooner if I have to or I can just change my mind set.

As a pedestrian, I know I am least protected from the impact of a collision, but I'm also going the slowest. As a cyclist, speed adds to my danger, and I'm not much more protected (a bike helmet only provides so much). So in these two forms of transit, I am most careful. But as a driver, I have the most potential of doing harm to others... and I would have a hard time living with myself if I did. So I try to be aware.

As pedestrian or cyclist, I need to do my best to help the courteous, conscious drivers... by being visible, as well as being wise. That vest? It's coming soon to my closet!

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HEALTHYOTTER 5/27/2012 2:14PM

    When my kids' ride their bikes, I tell them it's not just themselves they need to watch out for, it's the other drivers as well. My 10 year old was cycling, got tapped gently by a car. The girl driving was texting. Lessons learned all the way around, and thank God, no one seriously hurt. If only all transport lessons could be learned that way, with no one hurt.

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WATERMELLEN 5/26/2012 8:25PM

    It's that moment of inattention (whether as pedestrian, biker, or driver): and we CANNOT sustain attention all the time . . . so I agree, gotta do our best and forgive others too when they lose it. (Had a driver scream at me today . . . obviously I was the jerk, still not sure what the problem was . . . but he sure was mad!!)

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MNTWINSGAL 5/25/2012 10:50PM

    Great series of blogs, Barb, and very timely too. Safety is a real concern as we head into the holiday weekend.

Keep on Bikin', and keep on doing it safely!

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SUNNY332 5/25/2012 9:19PM

    When it comes to my safety, I am in charge. I know you are a defensive driver. You have to be these days.

Keep biking and above all - have fun.

Sunny

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BARBAELLEN 5/25/2012 8:19PM

    Sometimes, I think jerks on the road (or anywhere else) are not even aware that they are inconsiderate. Nothing like unpleasant encounters of the worst kind to make us change our behavior. I never gave a thought to sidewalk perils until my sisters and I had a terrifying close call when a speeding driver hopped the curb and almost got us. Now, I aways walk as far from the curb as possible. Then, one day it was pouring and I was absolutely soaked and freezing while drivers in a parking lot splashed by and wouldn't let us cross the lane. Right then, I thought "YOU'RE DRY, so thanks a bunch!" Never thought of it before, but now whenever it's raining, I always make sure to give pedestrians a break, even if it's my right-of-way. My point is, I wonder if jerks are really rude, or maybe they just never give any thought to what they're doing?

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LEANJEAN6 5/25/2012 5:59PM

    i got such a kick outta you goin g up to a pilot and hugging him/her--Anyway--vent on here--stupid stuff happens on the road---Great blog--You said everything we all have experienced----hugs Barb--BE CAREFUL ON THAT BIKE---Lynda

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1CRAZYDOG 5/25/2012 11:33AM

    Yes, the fact is once in awhile we can all have the jerk come out! So, tolerance is the rule of the day! Great blog.

Have a fantastic weekend.

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NELLJONES 5/25/2012 10:12AM

    As a fellow rider, I have to remember that drivers don't see motorcycles. They can look right at us and not see us. I wear hi-viz yellow and they still don't see me. I am careful about where in the lane I ride, I cover my brakes whenever anything is even remotely questionable, but I still have to be careful of cars. Nowadays there are so many distractions in the car (cell phones, kids in the back seat, as well as the perennial putting on make up or talking to a passenger) that I am not even sure they are looking at anything except where they are going.

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_LINDA 5/25/2012 9:25AM

    Its great you have a perpective from all sides of the equation. I have never driven, so will not gain that view. In our city they have speed limits on all school zones during the school year 30 km. Sometimes, it takes enforcement to make sure drivers do the right thing. I wish more cyclists and pedestrians would also do the right thing. But you got the biggest problem nailed -everyone is always in such a big hurry, they take shortcuts. Speed is what kills. Going too fast to notice everything going on around you. Inattention through texting is a problem for pedestrians as well as drivers (interestingly enough, I haven't seen anyone on a bike doing it). What does it take to make people aware of their surroundings and what is going on when they are on the road no matter the form of transportation? I know I will never feel safe as a pedestrian in my city having experienced the large number of rude people in various conveyances. It makes me hyper aware when I am out there..

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KALIGIRL 5/25/2012 8:21AM

    Namaste my friend - here's to awareness!

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MSLZZY 5/25/2012 7:45AM

    We all need a wake-up call to examine our own actions.
You made an excellent point. None of us is without
blame but being aware is what keeps us from creating
a situation that could change our lives in a heartbeat.
Thanks for sharing-your wisdom and the road!

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REJ7777 5/25/2012 7:39AM

    Good summary of each one's personal responsibility when in transit.

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That got a good discussion going, so let's keep going!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

First, I'd like to make it clear that I ride on BIKE PATHs as much as I possibly can. When I ride on the road I follow the rules as enforced within my city. The comments I was directing at drivers yesterday (and most days) are generally where the designated and well published bike path intersects and crosses roads.

The car that was blocking my curb cut? Was poised right over the crosswalk. Illegal activity, by the way.

The people I'm most afraid don't see me? Are talking on CELL PHONES! Illegal activity, by the way.

Good suggestion about wearing reflective vest... I hadn't got one yet, but if I'm going to keep up biking as a means of transportation it's on my list. I do have lights on my bike to make it street legal now.

Oh, to turn it on its head? Things that most irritate me about rude CYCLISTS are similar to what several commenters said yesterday... and may I add one more? Whatever happened to bikers signaling their turns? Hand signals and turn signals (for car OR bikes) are not optional!

So... in the end, I guess it boils down to praying out loud that people will be intelligent, courteous, and follow the rules of the road. I think we can all agree on that!

  
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OVERWORKEDJANET 5/25/2012 5:43AM

    Hand signals? We have a universal state signal, I'm from New Jersey! LOL emoticon
Enough with the stand up comedy.
I commute from the country to Philly every day. There are racing teams all around here between Rutgers and Princeton Universties and these groups ride in swarms but all wear standout clothing. They may take over a road but you can see them.
It's the local rider at 5 am in the dark who thinks his front light makes him safe while he rides in black shirt and shorts who scares me.
It's also the jockies in the city who blow through traffic lights, weave between cars to get ahead or try to beat the light to make the turn from the right lane across 3 lanes of slowly moving traffic who make me snarl!
That being said, I'm getting my daughters abandoned bike fixed and think I'll start riding! I want to get a glowing orange shirt to wear. emoticon

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REJ7777 5/25/2012 5:34AM

    Many years ago, I was driving down a long steep hill, with my baby in the backseat, when I passed a large group of cyclists. Suddenly, one of the rims blew off a tire because I'd gotten a flat. My heart jumped into my throat, because if that had happened just seconds earlier, one of those cyclists could have been badly hurt! Know what they did? About five of the young men stopped, removed the flat tire and installed the spare. That was over 35 years ago, but I'll never forget the kindness that those cyclists showed to an automobile driver that day! I still get emotional when I think about that incident.
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MEDDYPEDDY 5/25/2012 1:49AM

    Late one evening I dicovered that I did not have any milk for my morning coffee - debated with mysel wether to bike or drive down to the night open gas station... took the bike, ok with lights on but no refexion vest and I could feel myself living a very dangerous llife as it is a lot of traffic and the biker have to go on the car road... felt vulnerable, usually I do wear a vest when itīs dusk, dawn or dark... take care!

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NEWKAREN43 5/24/2012 10:53PM

    I didn't read the start of this discussion, however, I've been considering riding the 3 miles to work this summer on my bike and I've equipped my son with a bike/helmet, etc to ride home from his first job as he's a non-driver...honestly, being safe is such a huge concern! Drivers of cars can't avoid each other with all the rules of the road, how can we as bikers expect that we will be whole when we get to or from work!?!?

It's a scary prospect these days...best to you! And to everyone who decides to venture out without a good shell of metal (fiberglass) around them! Blessings and safety!

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WATERMELLEN 5/24/2012 10:39PM

    The (sad) reality is that many drivers are neither courteous nor careful. And when they make a mistake, they're surrounded by a protective steel shell. But on a bike, you're not.

Keep on biking defensively!!

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SUNNY332 5/24/2012 10:35PM

    Oh yes, do be careful and do get a reflective vest as soon as you can.

Sunny

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MOBYCARP 5/24/2012 7:39PM

    If you're careful, you might be able to find a reflective vest or harness that's suitable both for biking and for running in the dark.

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LEANJEAN6 5/24/2012 6:57PM

    You be careful on that bike Barb!--I walk/run up the highway, and I swear that a few drivers aim their car right at me--Sometimes I've had to jump off the side---so I know where you are coming from--Be CAREFUL! I need you!!!-- emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 5/24/2012 10:52AM

    Oh heavens, let me count the ways I really, really, really, really dislike distracted drivers. Music blaring, texting, talking on the cell, doing makeup/hair/nails . . . AAARRRGGGHHHH! Personally I think these types of drivers should be sentenced to spend a day in the ICU to see first hand the results that come of distracted driving . . . both to the distracted driver and innocent by-standers.

Guess I spent too much time as an ICU nurse trying to help too many people who had traumatic brain injuries. Totally changed the course of their lives for something stupid!

Ok, off the soapbox.

Totally agree with the reflective vest. I wear one when I walk @ night, too, so I can have a hope and a prayer of being seen.

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DEBRA0818 5/24/2012 10:50AM

    I put my turn signals on even when I know there is no one around -- a habit from day 1 of driving that I've always maintained. Ditto for the seat belt. When biking, I signal when I'm on the road, but not on an empty neighborhood street. Still, I watch for cyclists when I'm driving and for drivers when I'm biking. There are some crazy people down here using both modes of transportation.

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_LINDA 5/24/2012 10:36AM

    I use a reflective vest on my scooter, one of the first things we got. My scooter does have a full set of lights, the back ones being fairly bright (including yellow turn signals), but the front one being really wimpy. In the daytime, they are not easily seen, so I use hand signals. Its astonishing how many bike riders at night not only don't have so much as a single reflector on their bike, but are also dressed in black!!
What really gets me is turning drivers. They seem to have blinders on and don't know you aren't supposed to go when there is a pedestrian in the crosswalk. You are right on when you say no one uses turn signals anymore, both in cars and on bikes.
One thing they generally do right, if they have stopped for a light and are over the crosswalk, they back it up if they see me coming (if they have room behind them)
Don't get me started on drivers doing things behind the wheel. My step dad was waiting in a line up, when all of sudden he got rear ended. The young woman behind him had dropped her hot coffee and accidentally hit the gas :( While she admitted it to him, she wouldn't for insurance purposes :( I had a friend who did her nails behind the wheel as that is the only time she can find for it!!! But this texting is epidemic. My nephew went into the ditch because of it. I don't know that he has learned his lesson. Young people tend to think they are invincible.

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LJCANNON 5/24/2012 10:19AM

    emoticonCommon Courtesy and Hand Signals seem to be not 'Common' at all anymore. I am glad that people do seem to be becoming more aware of Bikers, maybe because more people are Biking.

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DEBRITA01 5/24/2012 8:28AM

    Sometimes people forget or ignore the rules of the road and to be courteous - that goes for all transportation vehicles. Wishing you happy and safe trails as you enjoy your cycling! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 5/24/2012 8:18AM

    The discussion must have been lively!

Reflective clothing is a must for bikers - glad it's on your list.

First time I came upon a car in the crosswalk was coming up 70th - had no energy left, so fell into the (thank goodness grassy) hill
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One other caution - if you're riding adjacent to a 4 lane road and against traffic, be aware the drivers will not look in your direction before pulling out - I guess I never did before biking...
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MSLZZY 5/24/2012 7:57AM

    Sometimes it seems like rude is the only thing these
people know. And hand signals fell by the wayside
years ago. So sorry for all your difficulties.

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Barb talks back to drivers

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

My mother was a great one for talking to animals, drivers who are behind the wheels of other vehicles and the television set. Me? I seem to have inherited this. I find myself muttering during my bicycle commute. Directed at the drivers of the vehicles on the road came these gems on the way home from work:

"Really? Your car is right across my curb cut! Really?"
"Do you see me? Do you realize I have the right of way here?"
"I don't trust these drivers as far as I could throw their cars!"
"Look over here! See the bicyclist in the crosswalk? Do you SEE me? THANK YOU!"

Yeah, I'm a defensive biker, which is how one becomes an OLD biker. I USE the cross walk lights. I WALK the bike across intersections. I make eye contact and talk to the drivers.

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MEDDYPEDDY 5/25/2012 1:55AM

    I have to admit that I am two-faced on this both as a biker and as a driver. I try to be very good, cooperating, taking eye-contact making clear signs and admitting both species right to live...

but sometimes I take shortcuts (bike) glide through sections, bike on pavements, leave the biketrack because the car road is quicer etc. And as a car driver I sometimes is distracted to the verge of danger... I am human and I just hope of the grace that nothing will happen at those moments when I lose my goog judgement...

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OVERWORKEDJANET 5/24/2012 5:26AM

    Are you wearing the neon orange or yellow vests with reflective tape?
I totally agree with people being stupid with bike riders but make sure you stand out.

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_LINDA 5/24/2012 1:47AM

    I couldn't agree with you more! Way to ride safely!! As a pedestrian, the bottom of the totem pole, I always make sure those cars know I am in the cross walk and am going to walk across. I always make sure they have come to a full stop too before I cross. Unfortunately, I have to disagree with the comment bikes belong on sidewalks. They do not. They are treated as vehicles here and should be obeying the same rules of the road as those in vehicles. As a pedestrian who has had near misses with silently speeding sidewalk cyclists, I am not impressed!! They scare the wits out of you zipping up behind you!! Especially when the streets here are very wide with plenty of room for cars and bicycles. Some of those guys can move as fast as cars in a school zone!!
I too, have words for people speeding on the sidewalk and rude drivers on the streets..

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MNTWINSGAL 5/24/2012 1:14AM

    I share the road...and this isn't directed at most bicyclists, but every now and then....a GRRR moment. On my way to class I travel a very busy road that does not allow parking on either side. No shoulders either. But....there IS a sidewalk, and I think the slower traffic (i.e. bikes) should be on that sidewalk. So today I'm on my way to class, when lo and behold, a biker is ahead of me in my lane. I had to slow down, of course, which put me off kilter for the timing of the traffic lights. I gave him a wide berth, then went on my way. Sure enough, a couple of blocks later, I missed the green light and had to wait. Guess who came up behind me? And guess who squeezed right by me, with no regard for the red light and blasted through the intersection? I waited for my green and then realized I'd have to pass him again. I certainly didn't feel like giving him the wide berth this time! In fact, for one crazy moment I even considered cutting him off. But I came to my senses of course....no need for TWO jerks on the road at the same time.

What I'm trying to say is, please know that the drivers of the motorized vehicles deserve a little road courtesy too, and I for one totally appreciate your efforts to follow the rules. Why can't there be more like you??

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SUNNYWBL 5/24/2012 12:12AM

    I'm with you, I want to live to bike again. I refuse to bike on roads without shoulders, I'll live longer that way!


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1CRAZYDOG 5/23/2012 10:19PM

    Oh, I do my fair share of talking too! Have to agree with BARBAELLEN. I'd probably get my mouth washed out with soap sometimes, too! Oh well, can't be perfect I guess.

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PHEBESS 5/23/2012 8:52PM

    I'll point or wag my finger at a driver so they know I'm watching them!

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BARBAELLEN 5/23/2012 8:48PM

    Counterpoint: Around these parts, the terrain is hills and valleys and lots of two-lane winding roads without shoulders. It's very scenic, so it's become a regional biking Mecca. Keep in mind that the rules of the road requires bikers to ride WITH the traffic. I pray daily that I won't get behind a biker going uphill! The traffic gets WAY backed up and it takes forever before there's an opportunity to pass. Then, some of them are so wobbly that passing is taking a big chance. Sooo0 ... I'm glad to know that since you are far away from here, it's not YOU wobbling up MY hills. If anyone heard my muttering at the cyclists, I'd get my mouth washed out with soap.
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KARIDIAN1 5/23/2012 8:35PM

    Smart moves. Also paying attention to what you are doing also helps.

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WATERMELLEN 5/23/2012 8:25PM

    Excellent strategy . . . making eye contact is good too!!

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SUNNY332 5/23/2012 8:17PM

    Oh yea, I talk to drivers too. I don't given any creative gestures but I do talk.

Stay safe....
Sunny

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CONCHA77 5/23/2012 8:10PM

    Stay safe out there!
I have to admit I find myself muttering to myself at times also. Not sure where I picked that habit up? emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 5/23/2012 7:32PM

    Fantastic for you!! I just love it. I also walk my bike at the crosswalk. My stepson just shakes his head at me as he bikes the roads for hundreds of miles as if he was a big vehicle. I do plan to become much older. -Marsha

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Sunday's targeted bike ride

Sunday, May 20, 2012

I had a specific place I wanted to bike to this morning (TRI training plan said to bike 8 miles). This is the spot:


I have been threatening to take a picture of that turtle because of the team "Turtles over 50 reaching our goals"... for nearly a year, ever since the first time Becky (KALIGIRL) and her biking chums took me for a ride and I did not have my camera on me.

I tried taking my own photo riding the turtle, but it didn't turn out very well:

It's pretty humerous, so I thought I'd include it, too. I was rescued, though, by the kindness of strangers. This lady came along and snapped the photo at the top, so I took her picture, too. She didn't seem to have much English, or I would have e-mailed her photo to HER, as it is, she's getting Spark credit, here as a kind gal who took my picture!


Anyway, off to do my usual Sunday things now, feeling accomplished and full of those endorphins! Tomorrow, take that rest day seriously, Barb!

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SWAZY33 5/24/2012 9:14AM

    emoticon love the photo you took of yourself!
and how sweet of that nice lady to take one so we could all see that cute turtle!! emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 5/21/2012 7:27PM

    Hi Barb----My favourite shot is the one you took of yerself--pretty neat!!--Lynda

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EBEAMS 5/21/2012 7:23PM

    Love it ... don't ever lose your sense of humor, ok?

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KALIGIRL 5/21/2012 11:19AM

    Wonderful!
Love the serendipity!

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_LINDA 5/21/2012 2:39AM

    Nothing slow about how you tackle your goals! Well done! I do love this photo, its great!!!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 5/20/2012 8:38PM

    You crack me up! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 5/20/2012 8:36PM

    Looks like a wonderful ride and I like the pictures!

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SLENDERELLA61 5/20/2012 8:35PM

    Love the turtle pics, Barb. Looks like a great ride! I don't have to tell you to keep up the good work. -Marsha

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SUNNY332 5/20/2012 7:51PM

    What fun! You look like you are having a blast. Isn't it great when exercise is more like fun than work? Woohoo!

Love the turtle.

Have a good week.

Sunny

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KARIDIAN1 5/20/2012 7:37PM

    Barb, you look great and look like you are having fun!

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SHARON10002 5/20/2012 6:40PM

    Now that's a turtle!!!! Great pictures! emoticon

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MNTWINSGAL 5/20/2012 6:40PM

    Fun pictures! Looks like a successful ride.

Some of my favorite photos are due to the kindness of stramgers.

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LEANJEAN6 5/20/2012 5:49PM

    Barb--You look great on that turtle!!--LOL--I love it!!----Nice pics---makes me feel like I know yu a bit bettert--Keep on Sparking girl!-Lynda emoticon

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 5/20/2012 4:58PM

    Great ride - love the crazy lady on the turtle!!
Keep on having fun!!

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REJ7777 5/20/2012 3:55PM

    Love the photos! emoticon emoticon
That second photo really made me laugh! But you look like a fit kid having fun in that first one. Glad you met that kind stranger. She really took a good photo!

From a fellow Turtle. emoticon

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KRISZTA11 5/20/2012 1:26PM

    Very good picture of you, and of the Turtle!
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    Love the pic, Barb. I am a turtle lover! emoticon

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Yep, crazy Army Mom here

Saturday, May 19, 2012



In my e-mail, thanks to past participation in fitness events locally, was an e-mail, advertising the Quest for the Vets, a 5K obstacle race to be run on Memorial day. victoryquest.com/

Now, I'm somewhat intimidated by obstacle courses, especially those that require upper body strength. I have never, in my entire life, been able to do a chin up, much less a pull-up. Doing hand over hands or parallel bars? Forget about it!

Still... the tri training plan has nothin' on it for Memorial Day itself, and I'm dealing with a son, currently serving overseas. What a great way to honor him, by going and TRYING this thing. The ad said they were open on Saturdays to scope out the obstacles... and y'know... DEXTER talked me into it. Yep, that's the story and I'm sticking to it.

This car wants to go to fitness events. He dragged me, kicking and screaming... nope, curious and feeling silly... out to the site where this race is going to be run in a little over a week.

I started walking from the parking lot around the building, when the owner came out to greet me and ask what I was looking for. Then he gave me the tour. And I started "trying out" the easier obstacles... the tire wall you see in the background? Yep, I climbed over that, with a little help from the dude.

I let him take me on a distance measuring trek through it. We skipped several of the obstacles today, didn't do the mud pits or any of that, but did climb the dirt birms, ran through the corn fields, and a-hem "attempted" some of the obstacles. News? There are are lot of these that are built for 6' 3" guys, not 5' 3" little old ladies. BUT... I was informed, any of the obstacles you don't feel safe doing, you can substitute something like 5 jumping jacks and go around. I may be doing that a LOT. There are 24 obstacles!

Anyway, that was my TRI substitution for "run 20 minutes". I had gone to the gym and done the trainer's workout #3, which I hadn't done since she first gave it to me in January, right about the time I was getting sick. Problem? Do I remember what those words on my workout card mean? cough-cough

And after showering off? I registered for the event. Yep, crazy Army Spark Mom here. emoticon Wish me luck.

Have a great and FUN active weekend all.

  
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HEALTHYOTTER 5/21/2012 3:35PM

    Yea! You'll be happy you went, regardless of the outcome, and those around you will certainly be inspired by your attitude!

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SUNNYWBL 5/21/2012 1:09AM

    The event sounds like a hoot! I love your attitude and know you will have a great time!

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 5/20/2012 4:56PM

    You are an amazing mum - you go for it!!!
You will have lots of fun and I predict that you will do less jumping jacks than you think!! Way to go - cant wait to hear how it all goes - gotta love Dexter!!!
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ANDI571 5/20/2012 9:08AM

    HOOAH! You are awesome. I had missed where your son finally got deployed overseas. My heart aches for you.

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REJ7777 5/20/2012 8:14AM

    You sure are one gutsy lady!!! emoticon
I'm sure your son is proud of his mom (and happy that you've undertaken such a healthy lifestyle).

Sure. Sure. Blame it on Dexter. emoticon
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OVERWORKEDJANET 5/20/2012 7:59AM

    I love you.
I get so much mental exercise reading your blogs.
Now to convert that motivation into real energy. emoticon

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LLREED 5/20/2012 12:24AM

    You go girl! I'm a crazy Army Mom, too, and would have loved to learn of this earlier. I've got it on my calendar for next year, though!

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SHARON10002 5/19/2012 11:38PM

    You are going to knock the socks off of everyone there!! You'll do emoticon!
Your son will be beaming through and through. . .

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WATERMELLEN 5/19/2012 10:37PM

    What a fabulous way to honour your son. He will be thrilled!!

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EBEAMS 5/19/2012 9:55PM

    I am SO TICKLED for you! Way to go ... Your son will be so HONORED and thrilled!

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MOBYCARP 5/19/2012 9:10PM

    Obstacle course, huh? I predict you'll have a lot of fun, even though you won't be the fastest participant through the course.

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KARIDIAN1 5/19/2012 8:22PM

    Good luck on the Challenge. You can do it!

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SUNNY332 5/19/2012 7:48PM

    No matter what you do, you will give HONOR a whole new meaning. I am so proud of you. If I had the lung power, I'd be right there with you.

BTW - thanks for the goodie. That was very nice of you.

Take care and BTW - love Dexter. Too cute - not anything an "short old lady" would drive but something a "winner" would. You are that winner!

Keep up the good work.

Sunny

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1CRAZYDOG 5/19/2012 7:48PM

    One word, Barb . . . HOOZA!!!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 5/19/2012 6:56PM

    You are AWESOME, Barb!

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_LINDA 5/19/2012 6:42PM

    That is awesome you are taking this on. Interesting they are open every Saturday for training and conditioning for this course and you already used one up looking it over lol. Dragging a tire that looks like it weighs more than you? Don't think so :P I think you may be doing a lot of alternatives.. You will show them how its done!
Spark on Barb!

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MSLZZY 5/19/2012 6:11PM

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KRISZTA11 5/19/2012 5:55PM

    That obstacle course looks like a challenge,
you are very brave and tough!
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