~ Life In Technicolor ~
From Daily Mile:
So, I was riding up Ocean Parkway to Prospect Park, and I almost got hit by a car. I had the light and there was a car blocking the crosswalk so I went to the left to go around that car when another car was turning left as I was coming around. Let’s just say Michelle and bike had contact with the car and she went down. I rammed my left shoulder area into the handle bar. Luckily there was a cop car there and he stopped to make sure I was ok plus asked if I wanted to press charges. The lady in the car felt bad and stayed to make sure I was ok. Then to make matters worse, it started pouring and my water bottle holder and hand pump both fell off. I had to ride home holding them. Gotta say this scared me. I am icing my shoulder now and its really hurting. Also, my chain came off while I was riding home, so I had to stop in the pouring rain to fix that.
On the plus side, I remembered to stop Barney when I went down so my mileage stayed accurate. :O)
I am posting this here on my blog as a friendly reminder to EVERYBODY who cycles on the city streets and have to cross streets to please be so careful. Cars can come out of nowhere and if you do not have quick reflexes, it could result in you getting hurt. I was lucky today. I only came away bruised but my good friend LAM knows somebody personally that was just killed in a cycling accident. Another friend Janeen witnessed a very scary bike accident right on the Westside Greenway, where we all enjoy our runs and cycling on a daily basis.
Like Janeen said, the weather is turning warmer which means a lot more folks out doing their thing. Be alert. Be aware. Be careful.
And on another note, I started watching the Discovery Channels awesome new documentary called Life.
From Huffington Post:
Attention all Planet Earth fanatics. After four years of production, the Discovery Channel is releasing a follow-up series called LIFE that will fill the void that Planet Earth left in your life. The 11-part series, narrated by Oprah Winfrey, zeroes in on animal behavior across all seven continents.
This may sound like just another nature show, but you’ve never seen the animal kingdom quite like this before. They use HD filming techniques that make the simplest, everyday activities of these animals look more epic than ever.
I learned a lot last night and was completely fascinated and drawn into the show. Check it out.
Yesterday, I had a great 8 mile run.
From Daily Mile:
I had a blast with this run. I had to use a “turn sheet”**, for the first part of my run, well most of it. Started in Prospect Park and there was a bike race going on so there were a gazillion cyclists. Then I took to the streets. It’s a great route that Scott made up for one of our runs a while ago. Union St to 3rd Ave. Right on 3rd Ave to Dean, left on Dean to Boerum Place, right on Boerum to the Brooklyn Bridge. Perfect. That came to 5.19 miles. I love running over the Brooklyn Bridge.
Then, straight to the West Side where I cheered on the runners at the NYC Half Marathon. At that point I had 6 miles done in 59.36 and seeing all the runners inspired me to run another 2 miles.
8 miles 1.21.18 10.09 min/mile
10.27, 9.14, 9.51, 10.37, 10.03, 9.20, 9.57, 11.46
Last mile was slower because I had to stop at several red lights and did not stop Barney.
I am happy with this run because the last time I ran 8 miles I ran it in 1.24.11 on a flat course. Today’s run was a bit more hilly. My left calf is a bit tight now but I will foam roll it and ice it and it should be fine.
Brunch afterwards that included a nice red rooster ale. YUMMY!!!!
**Directions on where to turn written down to follow.
Michelle!! Of course you can! YES, this year! That and more! Easy, done, HISTORY. Just imagine it, feel it, and leap like your pants are on fire… I’ll catch you.
I’m there now, waiting, and all I can tell you is that a Mac Book is just the tiniest tip of the iceberg.