Unplugged & Replugged:
Last week was an amazing experience. I spent the weekend with my wife,Liliana Hart on a Trek Travels cycling trip through northern California. The grapes were the only things online out there. No cell or internet service, and the wifi was spotty to say the least.
So what did I do with my cell phone? Used it as a camera to capture pics of the beauty of our country and the fun with new friends.
I’d unplugged. And it was actually okay.
In the same week, I had a three book deal with Amazon’s Kindle World set for release. This was my biggest writing obligation to date, next to my doctoral dissertation. It required manuscript uploading, cover design downloading and entering keywords, metadata and marketing blurbs.
I’d replugged. And it was actually okay.
It’s the balance that we all seek. It’s the fine line between obsessive and unconcerned. It’s taken almost 50 years to not avoid it, but hopefully not another 50 years to embrace it.
So in this 16th week of rocking 50 years on Earth, here’s to cycling and reading – both passions I enjoy sharing with you.
I was once asked if this picture showed a tactic for launching officers into a crowd.
I shook my head then smiled – “No” was all I said.
But wouldn’t it be cool?
Have fun but always be safe.
Just before sunrise I set out to bike through a beautiful stretch of recently paved roadway. This flat surface ribbons through a cool overgrowth of swamp and marsh that until the road was paved, remained untouched.
I regularly see birds, mammals and reptiles along the shoulder-less surface. Upon approach they either fly, hop, crawl or swim away into the thick green foliage of the swamp.
Except this time. In a particular stretch where long straight-aways surrender to sweeping, graceful curves I met an owl perched on the sloping shoulder of gravel and limestone.
Our eyes locked as both were surprised by early appearances on this otherwise scarcely travelled road. The tree canopy yielded soft refreshing drops of moisture in an otherwise unseasonably chilly morning.
I approached while heeding a cautious distance as not to startle the owl. The quiet, peaceful encounter was remarkable. Almost as though we shared a mutual understanding or respect for each other’s right to exist at that singular time and place.
Drawing even with where the owl stood, I nodded and said, “Who?”
…….and that special moment was gone.
I’m Shaping Up; Week 20
How to you benchmark 20 weeks of concerted efforts for reclaiming health? Just show up.
I’ve been chipping away with daily runs, yoga and cycling. Most after work rides allow about 25 – 30 mile rides through beautiful bayous and endless acres of sweeping sugarcane fields. My cycling club, Bayou Country Cyclists held the regular Saturday ride. The club president, Christy J. e-mailed me Friday and said just show up.
75 miles and 4 hours later, I had completed a distance I used to bike regularly enroute to completing century rides. After 2 years, 45 pounds gained, dangerously high BP, and begrudgingly sedentary lifestyle, I had reclaimed the healthy habits I practiced for an entire life.
It was a perfect day for celebrating 20 weeks as a long-time friend showed up for the ride, and for those of you who are fans of the History channels’ Swamp People, the alligator hunter “ZZ” was kind enough to offer us much needed water as we stopped at his swamp tour storefront.
Here’s to holding each other accountable when the couch looks inviting and the snacks endless.
– Don’t know. Still not worrying about these numbers.
– 5 days of exercise (included 3 days of 2-a-day with morning runs, and evening cycling.)
– Yoga continues to help with recovery and flexibility.
– Sooner or later, I’ll return to the pool, but I’m enjoying the saddle time right now.
– Good week of eating in moderation. King size bag of M&M’s Sunday, but after hammering the highways; I deserve it.
UNO Ring & BP
– BP has settled into a normal range and resting HR is low 50’s.
– The UNO ring slips on and off without hanging up on swollen knuckles or fat fingers.
Monday – Sunday Goals:
– 5 days of cycling.
– 2 yoga sessions.
– 3 morning run sessions
– bring lunches to work or prepared meal at home.
– Increase hydration.
How are your efforts going? Don’t just read this and dismiss it. Make a commitment today. You have peer support, CopsAlive.com expertise, and a champion fitness advisor all ready to help.