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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Ever wake up and just feel good. Not sure why. Nothing has even happened yet but you feel good before you even set your feet on the floor? Today is that day!

Got on the scale and it was down into that next decade. Next mini goal - move close to 3 lbs to make it an even 20! Wow, yes - 20!!! One small step, .2 at a time, even one in the wrong direction once in a while, but they do all add up and here I am!

Geez, yesterday dusted off the spider webs from my bike and loaded it on the rack, drove around for a half hour trying to find a gas station with an air machine that worked, filled the tires, went to hit the trails, most of which are still flooded, and decided to ride around a local lake. I was beginning to feel like I should turn around and go home.

I swear, every runner in the city was there running on that trail. There were training groups for the upcoming 15k run, walkers, people with their sail boats, moms taking their babies out in strollers to enjoy the sun, people everywhere! Next obstacle, no place to park. Opted to park at a church about a quarter mile away and ride in. That worked. Rode halfway around the lake only to come up on a road closed sign. The trail was to crowded with runners and walkers, so stuck to the road - and maneuvered around the sign. Just a couple inches of water flowing over the road, so I rode through.

Kept on, the trail goes one way and the road another. The road turns to gravel and dirt (which was basically gravel & mud). It was splashing everywhere, but I continued on - until I got to the base of what seemed like a never ending hill (really quite small, just a little steep). The bottom was washed out a bit so I had to get off my bike and walk it over, then try to continue up the hill in the muddy gravel. That didn't happen. I walked it up. Got back on the bike dodged the runners, walkers and others making my way to my car.

First ride of the season! Damn, am I out of shape. That would have taken me about 20 min and I would have rode up the hill - and probably gone around twice! So now I have some new fitness goals!!!

As Queen says in the song Fat Bottomed Girls --- "Get on your bikes and ride!"

I was glad I persevered through those initial obstacles. On the backside of the lake it was so peaceful. The turtles were sunning themselves on some logs in the water. The crew team was practicing their rowing. Several small sailboats with the colorful spinakers dotted the lake. Completely the opposite from the city side of the lake! I love finding serenity on my rides!

So goals for May:

Move 5 more lbs. off the scale
Get on the bike and ride - 3 times a week, 10 miles

New month, new chapter! Make it good!

Tonight? Loading up and catching another trail!
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    Nice goals! And Way to Go on keeping going despite any obstacles!
    2971 days ago
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    Sounds like it was a great day out there and I like your goals! My goals are to spend more time outdoors too, running and also doing some biking. My husband got a new bike and I just need him to change the seat on mine. We have a portable pump that plugs into the car charger - it is really handy. It is so hard to find a gas station with air and some of them charge for it now. It is 80 degrees here today and you are probably enjoying similar weather, but I don't think it is lasting for too long. But it will be back! Enjoy the trails!
    2972 days ago
    Wonderful! I'll bet you're glowing!
    2972 days ago
    Good goals for May.

    Every morning when you wake up you make a choice, will today be terrific or will it be terrible. The first five letters are the same. You decide only the last three. You felt good when you woke up because you wanted to!

    Make Today a Great Day!
    2972 days ago
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