Love this Chinese Doctor!
Q: Doctor, I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?
A: Heart only good for so many beats, and that it... Don't waste on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster. Want to live longer? Take nap.
Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
A: Oh no. Wine made from fruit. Fruit very good. Brandy distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way. Beer also made of grain. Grain good too. Bottom up!
Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
A: Well, if you have body and you have fat, your ratio one to one. If you have two body, your ratio two to one.
Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?
A: Can't think of one, sorry. My philosophy: No pain...good!
Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you?
A: YOU NOT LISTENING! Food fried in vegetable oil. How getting more vegetable be bad?
Q : Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?
A: Oh no! When you exercise muscle, it get bigger. You should only be doing sit-up if you want bigger stomach.
Q: Is chocolate bad for me?
A: You crazy?!? HEL-LO-O!! Cocoa bean! Another vegetable! It best feel-good food around!
Q: Is swimming good for your figure?
A: If swimming good for figure, explain whale to me.
Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle?
A: Hey! 'Round' is shape!
Well... I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO-HOO, what a ride!!"
For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.
1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits.
2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits.
3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits.
4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits.
5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits.
CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.
The Long ride
I got to within a half mile of the top of Raton Pass(15.5 of 16 miles) when a state of Colorado work truck pulled in front (with enough room) to block the way. " The boss says, you can't bicycle through here, get in the truck." Two of our other riders were already in there. After a brief conversation, I rode in the cab and had a good view of the 300 feet of steel guard rail that was down blocking the right hand lane. They dropped us off at the top and we were in New Mexico.
On 8/3/13 the Seniors on Bike (SO annual week long bicycle riders got on the Amtrak train in Lamy, NM. On our leisurely afternoon ride up to Trinidad, CO. we enjoyed the pass at Glorietta. The train went very slowly (10 mph) around some of the corners, with cliffs on one side, a creek on the other by the Confederate battle sites. The train it's self was quite nice with kind of first class airplane type seating and a smooth ride. There was a snack bar, observation and dining car. At some point in the plains north of Las Vegas we were passing semi's along side on the Interstate at 85 mph. The Raton Pass was very slow going again and we got into Trinidad after 5 PM.
Four vehicles picked us up. Eight people had driven up as support crew. for our 19 riders. Twenty two people showed up for dinner. We had a reasonable Travel Lodge type hotel that night.
I was up early, getting ready for a 7 AM start on this long (65 miles) first day. I'm riding my Specialized Allez aluminum frame bicycle weighing about 22 lbs with 27 gears, leather seat, clip in pedals and luggage rack. It was a tough, uphill, cool morning in beautiful scenery. At 11 miles (one hour) after gaining most of the 1,600 feet elevation, I stopped. I had see this exit off the Interstate (Oh yes, we were riding up the shoulder of the only road, the I-25.) from the train, where an old toll road went through.
After refreshing with drink and making a phone call, the sun was out, lets finish this pass. The down hill ride into Raton was harrowing as we dodged multiple pieces of tire (alligators) and debris at once while flying down the shoulder at 35 mph. We regrouped at a coffee shop at 9 AM.
Four miles south of Raton, Highway 64 goes off to the right (SW) and so we go over the rolling plains. Four more miles puts you at the National Rifle facility called Wooten with several nice buildings, thousands of acres of shooting range and a private jet landing strip across the road. Lots of money backing this project. We appreciated their bathrooms and free coffee.
Go west young man! I am the baby of this group at 63 yrs old and this is my first multi day ride. Everybody else is older, up to 80. There are more women than men, 2 to one. Out on the prairie to the west after 10 miles, I wanted to stop. I could see miles ahead and there was nothing and miles behind, not even a tree! So I propped up against a gate with no shade as it warmed to 90 degrees that afternoon.
The mile markers clicked by like hypnoses. There was a more intimate personal knowledge of the land, what it smelled like and the feel of the wind that you cannot get in a car. In ten more miles I came to a Buffalo herd. About a hundred of them with calves roamed slowly west grazing on knee deep grama grass. A car pulled up, "would you like a cold coke?" he asked. It didn't take long a accept from this couple from Albuquerque returning from visiting their son in Denver.
Then it wasn't quite as long or hot 12 miles to the St. James Hotel in Cimmaron, NM. Traveling along at about the same rate a person on horseback would have gone along this Old Santa Fe Trail route in the 1800's. They were not ready, when I arrived at 1 PM, but I enjoyed sitting on the porch in the shade, sipping water, till they were.
The hotel is supposedly haunted and has a dozen bullet holes in the ceiling of the bar. We had dinner as a group in a long noisy room as we waited an hour for food.
It was an easier start the next day at 8:30. We only had 37 miles to go but over a major pass to Eagle Nest. As we went through Philmont Scout Ranch, the scenery got pretty with cliffs called The Palisades. About 15 miles out I was riding with Bill when he went right by a rattlesnake! He was in the right lane, the snake in the left. I circled back and took pictures from a reasonable distance, escorting the 2 1/2 foot long, year young light colored snake across the road. Devon and Alan saw a yearling black bear cross the road this morning.
We stopped just before the steep (9%) last mile to the pass. There was a car parked. Dick came riding down the hill on a bicycle. This was his car and would I like a cold Starbucks Frapachino? That hit the spot as we kicked up the last hill in perfect cool clear weather. Many stopped in Eagle Nest for lunch but I continued on past the Veterens Memorial to Angel Fire. At the market I had half a BBQ chicken with a giant Red Bull for lunch before riding uphill to the lodge. There we had great suite type rooms. They had a luggage room for our bicycles. A bar, hot tub and restaurant on site where we had a reasonable group dinner. I slept well that night (after taking Ibuprofen).
It was cold (45) starting out at 8 AM. I wore two bike jerseys and a jacket. I was quite surprised that it was up hill to Black Lake but very pretty as we got off onto the side road to Mora. After miles of rolling green hills, the road plunged steeply down into forest. I braked into a few turns and still got 40 mph in the straights.
Coyote State Park is 20 miles down the road, where it was my turn to drive. On this day I was doing duty driving in Judy's Ford Escape from here on into Mora and I traded drivers with Denise who had driven the first leg. It was a different perspective riding along in the car watching the riders. In Mora, I checked out restaurants and found Hatchitas. It didn't look like much from the out side but the Mexican food was some of the best ever! I had blue corn enchiladas with very blue tortillas contrasted well with green salad and red tomatoes. It tasted even better and for only $8 dollars. It will be worth a motorcycle ride out here just for lunch.
It was a hard thirty mile (who knew Las Vegas was uphill?) into a dry 15 mph headwind, not so pretty.
On to the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas. No room for our bicycles so up the elevator they go with my too much luggage. George and Dee carried in their car for me a box with food and drink, a gym bag full of bike clothes and a suitcase of street clothes with a day pack for carry on, on the train. I didn't realize how much I had missed sleeping with my bicycle the night before as I adjusted my front brake and tightened some details in the comfort of my Victorian style hotel room.
Dinner was much better at the Plaza with fresh trout and good company. I enjoyed getting to know all the 22 people at various times along the trip. Sleeping was a bother as my room in the old hotel didn't cool below 80 till after midnight. Great breakfast of eggs and pancakes Saturday morning then off at 8:30. Sixty five miles to Santa Fe. I've ridden all of it training for various Centuries (100 mile bike rides) with Larry in previous years and am able to lead handfuls of riders in the right direction several times that longest day.
After a stop in Romeroville for more Vitamin M's ( or so our son used to call Peanut M&M's) then it was 10 miles of huge rolling hills with 300 foot climbs, then another 10 miles, not so steep. I was getting tired and slowing down to 7 mph as I only had about 40% energy left. I drank three bottles of water and didn't pee any. More frapichino and lunch in the shade of the underpass at Roe, NM. Several people got lost cutting through back roads south of the Pecos National Monument before regrouping at the Glorietta exit. We car shuttled across the dangerous section at Canyoncito to the Cafe Fina for one last snack together. I biked 11 more miles to my home by 3 PM having gone 230 miles in the last 4 days.
After a shower, nap and dinner, I hurt in a dozen places but none of them bad about a 2 on a 10 scale.
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Because parking at the Pecos Ranger station is limited there will be a car pool to the Memory Ride. Meet at Eldorado's Agora Center at 8:00 am. For those that want to drive the directions follow: Drive north on I-25 take off-ramp #299 Glorieta. Turn left at stop sign and cross the freeway I-25. Turn right on hwy 50 (I think that is the number) and drive 7 miles to Pecos. Turn right at the stop sign which is the intersection with hwy 63. Drive about 1/4 to the ranger station on the right side of the road and park. Do not park in the 6 places in front of the ranger station. Bill Pollock will make a few brief comments about why we have a memory ride since most current members did not know the ones we memorialize. Then some comments at the bridge about Barbara Nueva, Lee Hilley, and Mark Bolsteri. The group will then ride in silence (no talking) for roughly 10 miles to the windy bridge river crossing. IBill will have 3 roses to be placed in the river. The ride will then continue with each group riding to their destination. Edwin Crosswhite
September 8, 2013
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Jim is smiling and sitting up in room 3231.
Mark and I stopped by for a half hour stimulating chat with him and Sue.
Jim is in great spirits and already thinking about his best recovery exercises. He would love to have visitors to help break up the day, except not Friday when he is in surgery. Titanium plates to stabilize four rascal ribs. ICU probably Saturday, with planned release four days later depending. Sue's phone is 982.3713 if you want to check with her Sunday or afterwards re visiting.
I'm planning another visit Monday or Tuesday. Sue wanted to look at his helmet. I told her Ramon has the bike and would be happy to drop it off if he would please give her a call.
At the ride this morning, Judy suggested members look at the smoke and air blog info, and she asked club members to decide individually if they should ride, or perhaps turn around early if they experience any respiratory distress.An example: Steve rode with the Tuesday group and felt fine for an hour or so when he noticed his throat was starting to irritate. His choice was to immediately turn for home riding slowly. He believes short smoke exposure is not a problem for healthy lungs and heart. But heavy exercise in polluted conditions is not recommended.Bottom line for Steve's riding or not riding decision is as usual, listen to our body. Throat burning means our tracheae membrane is aggravated. Ditto for the membranes of eyes if they are itchy or tearing, and this is the key to what is happening to the membranes of the lungs.
Edwin mentioned the up-coming Pecos ride will probably be canceled, and an alternative will be posted later in the week.
Smoke itself can contain products that do not cause direct harm to a person, but they take up the space that is needed for oxygen. Carbon dioxide acts in this way. Irritant compounds result in the formation of chemicals that cause direct injury when they contact the mucous membranes. These substances disrupt the normal lining of the respiratory tract. This disruption can potentially cause swelling, airway collapse, and respiratory distress.
A cough can be a danger sign that the cilia, little oars in the respiratory tract, sinuses and lungs, are bogged down with foreign material and unable to move enough to do their job.