WOMEN AGES 50+ FOR MARCH 2024

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  • Machka9
    Machka9 Posts: 25,127 Member
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    Off out to craft this morning.

    ☘️ Terri

    You're up and at 'em early this morning! Have a fun day.

    It's 10 am in Ireland ... not that early. :)
  • cityjaneLondon
    cityjaneLondon Posts: 12,331 Member
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    For the first time in ages I sent a long WhatsApp message to my elder son in Nottingham. I watch him all the time on YouTube, (AATV) but he isn't good at phone calls, or communicating at all really. I've been meaning to go up there and feeling guilty as it's been ages.
    So I thought I would get in touch and we had a nice little exchange by text. He is a part time sports coach, (triathlon), and weight lifter, so was interested in hearing what the sports clinic makes of me next week. At least he knows I'm not just ignoring him.

    Love Heather UK xxxxxxxx
  • kymarai
    kymarai Posts: 3,616 Member
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    Rita, Vicki, and Ginny- Awesome job! Continue your One day at a time! I am proud of each of you.

    Debbie Happy birthday! You share with my brother. :)

    Cilantro Yes!

    Page 16- work calling my name

    Welcomes!
    Hugs!
    Appreciation for all of you!

    <3
    Kylia in Ohio
  • Rosemarie2972
    Rosemarie2972 Posts: 447 Member
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    Good Morning: I am behind on the reading! I hope everyone is well. I can hear the birds chirping outside. I will be heading to the rescue this morning and then will read for a short term group book group I am. My son will be here this evening. I didn't get the house entirely clean but I think it will do!

    Best,
    Rosemarie from Georgia!
  • Machka9
    Machka9 Posts: 25,127 Member
    edited March 12
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    On cycling ...

    Way Back When
    I started cycling when I was 6 years old and have been cycling since. My father was a cyclist with a basement full of bicycles which he rebuilt, fixed and maintained. We often rode together as a family and rarely travelled without the bicycles. Cycling was an important part of growing up.

    When I got into my teens, I started focusing more on track and field (running) and less on cycling. Then when I started college and got into the workforce in my early 20s, I pretty much stopped cycling altogether. But not for long!

    The rest of the story is in the spoiler ...

    The Beginning
    On April 29, 1990, at the age of 23, I started cycling seriously. That first ride was a grand total of 2 miles long, and I had to take a break after the first mile … I was much more out of shape than I thought! For the next few years I put on about 1000 miles a season, and thought I was doing really well.

    Then I started increasing my distances, and in the summer of 1994, I rode my first imperial century (100 miles in a day) –- alone. It was so difficult and painful that I said I would never do a ride that long again.

    The next year I rode Jasper to Banff (the Icefield Parkway – Canada) in 3 days, which had been a goal of mine since I was 17, when my father did it. I loved it!! And that would have to be when I really started to cycle! Cycling had taken hold and had become a passion!

    I did another imperial century (100 miles in a day) in 1997 -– alone again -– but this time I rode smarter and ate better, and it was not a problem. I did centuries just about every year until 2018 … usually several each year.

    The Racing Years
    In 1998, at the age of 31, I decided to try racing!

    I figured I was pretty fast, but had no one to compare myself with because I did most of my cycling alone. I still remember my first race – a very hilly course (for Manitoba), cold, raining, on a borrowed bicycle with Time Trial (TT) gearing. I DNF’d.

    For the next 3 years I struggled to train to develop speed – and I was successful to a certain extent, but it was a lot of work. I tried out road racing -– and always got dropped. I tried crits -– and did OK with them. I even won a few! But I hated them because of the high risk of accidents. And I tried TTs -– and did OK, and liked them. In my 3rd year of racing, I only rode TTs.

    What’s Next
    Meanwhile that year, 2000, I had been riding some longer distances on my own -– centuries and 200 km rides exploring the neighborhood, and I really enjoyed those. So I began considering devoting my time to touring instead of racing.

    I looked into touring over the summer, but it just wasn’t quite what I wanted to do. Late in the year, I remembered that I had cut out an article from the newspaper about something called “Randonneuring” quite a few years earlier.

    Randonneuring?
    I dug the article out, reread it, and decided that was what I wanted to try. It took me a couple months to track down the club in Manitoba -– they weren’t well advertised -– and in the spring of 2001, I decided to try my first 200K (200 kilometres in 13.5 hours including all breaks) brevet. If it went well, I would do the 300K (300 kilometres of cycling in 20 hours including all breaks) … but I wasn’t committing myself to anything.

    About a month before the 200K, I tore the rotator cuff in my left shoulder, and the only bicycle I could ride was my heavy Mongoose mountain bike because it didn’t require me to put weight on my left arm. So, I rode that first 200K with my mountain bike! I was very tired, but I enjoyed the ride and decided to do the 300K. I rode that on my road bicycle, was much less tired than I had been on the 200K.

    After feeling so good on both the 200K and 300K, I decided to do the 400K (400 kilometres of cycling in 27 hours including all breaks), that went well too, and next thing I knew I was on the 600K (600 kilometres of cycling in 40 hours including all breaks)! I was hooked! I loved long, long, long distance cycling! I also did a few more centuries and 200K rides on my own throughout that year, just for fun!

    Going Long!
    I had heard about the Rocky Mountain 1200 (in 2002) and the Paris-Brest-Paris 1200 (in 2003) that year. 1200 kilometres of cycling with a time limit of 90 hours including all breaks!! I really wanted to do the PBP, so I decided to use the RM1200 as a test ride since it was in my country and close to relatives.

    I had a plan all worked out for training over the winter prior to it – but that plan came to a screeching halt on November 1st when I dropped a pot of boiling water on my left foot which resulted in a bad 3rd+ degree burn.

    I was off my bicycle and off my feet entirely for the next 3 months – so much for training! I couldn’t even lift upper body weights because as soon as my heart rate increased, my foot would swell and become very painful. But the first shoe I tried on when most of the dressings were removed was a cycling shoe! And at the end of February 2002, I finally got back onto my exercise bicycle, and started working diligently to get ready for the RM1200. That experience made me even more determined to do it than ever.

    I completed the Rocky Mountain 1200 in 2002, the Paris-Brest-Paris 1200 in 2003, the Great Southern Randonee 1200 in 2004, and the Last Chance Randonnee 1200 in 2005. I have completed brevets of one sort or another every year since 2001, and I’ve also had the opportunity to tour parts of the Australia, Canada, the US, Europe, the UK and Asia. In 2005 and 2006, I raced 24-hour Time Trials which I also thoroughly enjoyed!

    This chart shows the total number of each length of event I did up to and including part of 2018.

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    But cycling long distances was so much more than just turning pedals.

    It was fun, adventurous and challenging. It was difficult and pushed me beyond what I thought I could do. It was rewarding, fulfilling. It was my life.

    I met wonderful people, many of whom I still count as friends. Best of all, on the 2003 Paris-Brest-Paris, I met the man who would become my husband and we got to know each other on several other long events and training rides in various parts of the world. Cycling long distances was a key part of our relationship.

    And Now?

    In 2018, my husband had a workplace accident which resulted in a severe traumatic brain injury. Thankfully we are still cycling, but not like we did.

    We are still participating in the type of cycling that was our lives by organising and volunteering.

    I keep thinking that one day, maybe, I'll try my first 200K again ... my first 200K in 6 years. And I'll begin again ...


    Machka in Oz
  • Julieann404
    Julieann404 Posts: 7 Member
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    Machka9 wrote: »
    Off out to craft this morning.

    ☘️ Terri

    You're up and at 'em early this morning! Have a fun day.

    It's 10 am in Ireland ... not that early. :)

    Ah.....I'm in the USA. "DUH" that your location never occurred to me. LOL. Still...great job!
  • margaretturk
    margaretturk Posts: 5,085 Member
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  • barbiecat
    barbiecat Posts: 16,973 Member
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    Machka9 wrote: »
    Off out to craft this morning.

    ☘️ Terri

    You're up and at 'em early this morning! Have a fun day.

    It's 10 am in Ireland ... not that early. :)

    Ah.....I'm in the USA. "DUH" that your location never occurred to me. LOL. Still...great job!

    :) This is one of the reasons that we all like it when everyone signs with a name and a location. We have at least four time zones three continents, and both northern and southern hemispheres represented here. The other reason is so that when someone mentions great garden success, the location tell us that the writer is in a warmer climate.

    <3 Barbie
  • Anniesquats100
    Anniesquats100 Posts: 3,101 Member
    edited March 12
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    The next part of my book talks about letting people around you know what kind of comments you find helpful, and what is not helpful. It doesn't apply to me so much, because I live with my father who could never remember advice like that. We are still working on him wearing pants. What kind of weight loss comments do you all find helpful?

    So skipping ahead to day 11, it talks about the purpose of food. Again, not very useful. I eat a great baseline menu by habit, then supplement that with emotional eating and choices that don't align with my goals. But I've been good this week.

    Annie in Delaware

  • Joy1580vb
    Joy1580vb Posts: 333 Member
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    Good morning, ladies.

    Machka, wonder if your plan involves house buying? Looking forward to hearing about your plan.

    Ginny, beautiful pic of you and the grands.

    Pip, awesome news about your cruise to Alaska. I'm sure you will enjoy. I found it absolutely stunning.

    Our bit of snow is slowly going now as the weather has warmed up. I'm hoping that maybe another week and I can get out to walk with no ice patches.

    Joy
  • pipcd34
    pipcd34 Posts: 16,675 Member
    edited March 12
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    Joy1580vb wrote: »
    Good morning, ladies.

    Machka, wonder if your plan involves house buying? Looking forward to hearing about your plan.

    Ginny, beautiful pic of you and the grands.

    Pip, awesome news about your cruise to Alaska. I'm sure you will enjoy. I found it absolutely stunning.

    Our bit of snow is slowly going now as the weather has warmed up. I'm hoping that maybe another week and I can get out to walk with no ice patches.

    Joy

    We’ve done an Alaska cruise before, I know we’ll love it. It will be on a different cruise line this time. It’s the last of the season.

    360360
  • exermom
    exermom Posts: 6,383 Member
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    Did a Cathe DVD then walked on the treadmill. The plan for tomorrow is to do an Extreme Cardio DVD

    pip – that cruise sounds awesome. What a great time to go. How long will you be gone?

    Debbie = I’d LOVE to have that tree. You paid $2 for it??? If you have a problem, I’ll buy it from you

    Heather – that’s so nice that you send that message to your son

    Off to lunch with my cousin and then later today (after 5) the guy is going to be here about the bathroom. I can’t wait, I think maybe Vince can. We shall see….

    Michele who won’t get to lay out in the sun today
  • kevrit
    kevrit Posts: 3,936 Member
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    Today is: Kiss a tree today! Lol

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