Category Archives: Training

More Mini Adventures

Spring is here, and time to look at the calendar. More importantly, I appear to have a “work schedule” where I can predict what my days on-and OFF-will be. That leads to future scheming and dreaming.

Get the Bike Out

I’m torn between hiking and biking. Biking leads to a bit more planning. But biking is looming large in my future mini adventures.

Bikepacking

What’s bikepacking? It’s backpacking with a bike. Or: any ride that requires an overnight stay.

Bikepacking trips I am planning:

Bike Overnight: It doesn’t have to be far away. Just get out for a night, camp out, return home. I will ride from my house, to Salt Fork State Park, and camp out in one of my tents overnight.

It’s only 13 miles, but a bit hilly. This will be a good excuse to get the gear out, and see about packing my new bike.

Steel City Loop: This is a 72 mile loop around Pittsburgh, using mostly trails-The Montour, Great Allegheny Passage, Three Rivers Heritage Trail. This could be a one day, or two day tour. I’m leaning toward an overnight, as this would give me plenty of time to hang out and explore Pittsburgh.

Greenbrier Trail-this is a long rails trail in Southern West Virginia. Due to the time involved driving to the southern trailhead (not far from White Sulphur Springs) this would be at least a two day overnight.

Wabash Cannonball Trail-this is a rail trail in northwestern Ohio, 63 miles long.

National Trails Day, June 1-bikepack to the Buckeye Trail Association Barn-this is about 33 miles away for me. But this is the route I would take:

a stout undertaking!

As you can see, most of these rides are fairly close by for me. You don’t have to travel far to have a big adventure!

219 Workouts in 2019 Challenge

Work out 219 times in 2019

This year’s challenge is going back to the physical. I am going to work out 219 times in the year 2019.

What constitutes a workout? A work out can be a hike, bike, weights, kayak-anything that is out of the regular workings of life. Taking the dogs for a walk is not a workout. Washing floors does not count as a work out. If I end up painting the barn for six hours-well, yes, I will count that as a work out.

Working out 2/3 of the Year?!?

It’s not that difficult, people. It’s making the commitment. This would be working out five days a week. Need help with a schedule? Here’s a plan from Self Magazine.

Here are 19 moves you should be doing in 2019 from Stacked.com. It’s all about the core!

Keeping Track

I think I will make a calendar like I used to to record my work outs. That will help to keep me accountable. (I wish I could find this old school calendar software!)

Old School Work out calendar from 2004.

It’s a new year, a new breath of freshness. Someone noted online that this will be the last time we see a “teen” in our lifetime. Shall we make it the best teen year ever? Let’s go!

What are you going to do in 2019?

Week 52 Art Journal Challenge Winter

Art Journal Challenge Week 52 Winter

Week 52 is here of my art journal challenge. This week prompt is “winter”. I was pleased with my color choices. It was driven by my “horses” picture. This is why I like to have my camera/phone with me always. It was great to capture these Amish horses on a cold bluebird winter day.

Art Journal Challenge Week 52 Winter

All pictures are mine. Living in Ohio there are many opportunities to take great winter photos.

Art Journal Challenge Week 52 Winter

Media used was paint, markers, stickers. Very happy to end my art journal challenge with this page. My wrap up post will be coming at the end of the month.

Art Journal Challenge Week 52 Winter

Choose Your Word of the Year

It's time to pick your Word of the Year

It’s time to choose your Word of the Year. 


Picking a word to guide you through the year has become a popular activity. This can help ground you, allow you to focus, become your mantra for the days and weeks coming. I’ve been doing this for the last seven years. Sometimes the word works, sometimes it does not.

There are resources out there. Two free e-courses, or worksheets are available from Susannah Conaway and Christine Kane.

How to Pick Your Word of the Year?

Once you’ve figured out your word,  Ali Edwards has a year long workshop to help keep your word in front of you. This is the first year I’m trying out One Little Word.

Past Words for Me

Words that I have chosen in the past: dreams, improve, reach, perseverance, try, embrace, health

Word for 2019

I have shuffled through several words just trying to pick one! First it was “grit”. Then it was “change”. Now I have settled on “Build”.

Build

Definition: 

to develop according to a systematic plan, by a definite process, or on a particular base (build new career, new relationships, friends)

to increase, enlarge (increase knowledge, skills)

to cause to be constructed (build a new house or setting)

to use as a foundation (build on)

Synonyms- construct, erect, fabricate, make, raise up, constitution, figure, form, physique, shape

It has occurred to me that going forward, nothing is going to be the way it was in 2018. I am not employed by the same employer. I won’t drive to work the same route. My bedtime will be at a different time. I will be wearing different clothes. I may be living in a different house. Everything is going to change.

I even thought about using the word “different”, but it didn’t resonate. Then “build” occurs, which change goes along with.

Change is Hard

Change is hard but it’s exciting to embrace. While I don’t know what is around that curve in the road,  it’s new to me.

Curve in country road

Instead of being in the same old rut, I am facing new possibilities. I am looking forward to be refreshed in 2019. To be challenged. To do something different. To have new choices.  To build new relationships, skills, experiences.

Do you pick a word for the year?

My One Little Word for 2019 Build

Wet Winter Hike

Wet Winter Hike on the Buckeye Trail Belle Valley Section
Crash site of the U.S.S. Shenandoah


We started our hike at Point 22, in the Belle Valley Section of the Buckeye Trail. This is the one of the three crash sites of the dirigible U.S.S. Shenandoah, which broke up in a thunderstorm in 1925. Knowing where the other two crash sites are located, it’s amazing how far the broken airship traveled.

Wreckage Site Number 1
Low ceiling day on the Buckeye Trail Belle Valley Section
Spooky Buckeye Trail tree

The first mile or two is on back country road. We then turned onto a wet slippery trail which was a bit hard to hike on. There had been two solid nights of rain in the last week in this area.

Trail under water

This led to some of the inlets around the lake to be underwater! We had to go a bit off piste rather than wade through the water.

Unfortunately, it did not matter. Well, we DID have a bridge. It didn’t help much. My husband was not amused at his wet feet.

Wolf Run State Park
Crossing under Interstate 77

After leaving Wolf Run State Park, it’s a quick walk through Belle Valley, crossing Interstate 77. Then we were back to country roads and a bit of a steep hill.

Big hill to climb
View from top of hill

We knew we were close when we saw the church steeple in the distance-Ragan Chapel. It was a good day to hike, a bit chilly on the ridges, but the rain held off, a good day to #optoutside.

Ragan Chapel