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First Rides of the Season

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Last week finally opened up a few perfect days for bike riding and I just couldn't let them pass without getting on my bike no matter HOW outta shape I've allowed myself to get.

They were itty-bitty rides of around 15 miles I had just enough time to dash out there for each ride, due to client telehealth cancellations. Having to make a deadline kept me pumping my best, no slacking or smelling the roses...just yet!

Jello legs afterward, but very satisfying rides! Stepping away from the judgment zone and just accepting that my riding season has begun!

Other updates: Vaccine shot #1 of 2 Pfizer vaccines done last week, #2 coming on 3/31. Of course this brings up lots of horse-getting-outta-the-barn fun discussions & plans about where we're travelling and when, woo hoo!

But some health matters are pending also. I've kicked my cataract surgery down the road as I wanted my vaccine first, so that'll be in May. Another more serious matter to explore as I'm getting friendly nudges from a guitar-playing, bike riding friend who has heard enough of my grumbles about my achey-breaky hip whenever I do my 3 mile walks back & forth between my home & office: look into hip replacement. "You only have so many years on this planet," he says, "how much more time are you going to let this hip hold you back from enjoying it to the fullest?" He had his hip replaced, swears it's better than the original equipment! So yeah, as the song says, "ain't wasting time no more!"

I'll close by sharing feedback I left on Watermellen's blog asking members to contribute their best advice, keep 'er Sparkin' everyone!

Do Unto Yourself as Your Would Do Unto Others

Most of us can be so kind, loving and accepting to people who matter. Well guess what?

WE have to matter to OURSELVES TOO!

In fact, when we can step away from the judgment zone, kick the finger-wagging, guilt-inducing gremlin off our shoulders and get out of our own way...guess what? We have all the MORE loving kindness & acceptance to spread around for ourselves and others too!

Mistakes are opportunities for learning. We are all Experiments of One. Keep learning, be accepting...like John Legend says in his song sing it to Ourselves, now, not only to our Beloved: All of Me loves All of ME, my curves and my edges, my perfect imperfections!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    I don't have any replacement parts yet, but last eye appt showed my vision improved dramatically, (ah, that explains the headaches) so my prescription was adjusted two steps down (less strong). And the reason vision got better? Drum roll...
    Cataracts got worse! The cataract changed the shape of the eye which changed the degree of myopia. If you're due for surgery, perhaps your experience was similar.
    Thanks for the reminder to give lovingkindness to self. You're modeling that as you take care of yourself from head to toe, head to hips as it were.
    16 days ago
    Great blog, Don. Thanks for reminding us how important it is to love ourselves. PJ
    42 days ago
  • JOE14250
    Had both hips done and wondered why I delayed. Put it off till the equipment gets better.... it has.
    Put it off till they have better technique ... plenty of good ones doing it. Put it off so it doesn't wear out.... see above .... better equipment. Keep riding!
    52 days ago
    I’m so inspired by your rides! I musket my bike ready and get out.

    Right, one friend speaks highly of the hip surgery. I have other friends that haven’t given me such positive feedback. It’s definitely something to decide about prudently.

    Sending lots of support your way,
    54 days ago
    emoticon Don

    Glad you took advantage of that window of opportunity to get out for a ride.

    Best wishes to you with the upcoming medical procedures and, woohoo on having the vaccination sequence underway.
    56 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    emoticon to hear your news............
    all the best with your up and coming surgery................
    56 days ago
    Great catch up blog! As usual, we are still under 2-3 feet of snow, and this morning the temp was -24 C with the windchill. I adore reading bike riding blogs as well as blooming flower blogs at this time of year. I know that in a week it'll be warmer and raining instead of snow squall warnings and deep winter temps.
    Congrats on your jello legs!!
    56 days ago
    Good luck w/the cataract surgery. Piece of cake. Haven't had hip replacements, but bilateral knee replacements. Best decision I ever made. OPened up a world of activity for me that I couldn't do prior. That feels good. Rehab is not easy peasy but . . . worth every bit of sweat and work!

    Good luck.
    57 days ago
    I sure feel better after new hip, no pain when I step. Mine was postponed because they found I needed a valve job first, which i didn’t realize, almost lost BH because they didn’t check her heart ahead of hip surgery. Go fo it!
    57 days ago
    57 days ago
    I just had a knee replacement, so glad I did and wondered why I waited so long! Getting the other knee done this fall. The reason is i want to be in my garden this summer!
    57 days ago
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