November 23, 2012

Sleeped = more sleep needed!

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:08 am by Lisa

I’m so embarrassed by that spelling error that i had to write and apologize! I can’t even imagine the scenario where anyone would say sleeped. Is it even a word? And now i’m just hoping that embarrassed is spelled (spelt?) correctly. :-\ Enough! Out of the dry car and into the wet pool!

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November 18, 2012

Now I’ll know what I’ll do!

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:13 pm by Lisa

So you know when there’s a few scenarios and you sort of wonder what you would do? Well, maybe not but with the situation here I didn’t really know how i would react if there was an alarm and i’d be driving.

Tonight i got to find out and it basically meant stopping the car in the middle of the street, getting out of the car and going into the nearest building and waiting out the siren and the amazingly effective “iron dome boom”.

I did leave the building a bit earlier than you’re supposed to because having stupidly left the car keys in the ignition, i was actually more nervous about the car at that point. (Don’t worry – i won’t make that mistake again!)

(Although it did mean that i was able to snag the spot at the end of the block, ahead of the guy who was driving the wrong down a one-way street.)

Anyway, long story (as always) just to let everyone know that i’m ok.

(oh, and that i’ll be going swimming early tomorrow morning since i’m parked in an illegal spot and i have to move the car early) πŸ˜‰

November 14, 2012

A day too early?

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:14 am by Lisa

After a week of rain i was ready to get on my bike again. I spent more than a half hour yesterday looking for a parking spot; ended up parking illegally anyway and had to get up out by 6 to move the car somewhere else. Luckily i found a spot on my street, not under any trees (thereby avoiding the inevitable birds…). However maybe i was too optimistic for my bike today. There was a lot of rain…

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And itΒ  led to this…

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But still a beautiful day to ride!

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November 3, 2012

Another day, another bike ride

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:53 am by Lisa

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Up by the Kinneret, joining thousands for the 35th ride around the lake. It’s 65 km but i’m hoping somehow to extend it a bit. See you on the flip side!

October 30, 2012

And 50 minutes later

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:17 pm by Lisa

A sweaty sea of people…

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October 29, 2012

More morning commute

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:51 am by Lisa

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This is no-man’s land between Tel Aviv and Herzliya. I have no idea which city it’s in. It’s probably in some kind of ownership dispute because the land is prime real estate. I figure that’s why it’s so undeveloped with no infrastructure to speak of. (Unless you count the makeshift bus stop that was put up in the middle of the summer for buses from religious neighborhoods to come so that women/men can swim on alternate days on the secluded beach.)

Anyway now that summer’s over, when it rains, there’s a lot of flooding. This is 3 days after the most recent storm.

Keeps the traffic down!

October 27, 2012

My first metric century

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:36 pm by Lisa

Well, almost. I’m not home yet but there’s nore than 96km on the watch.

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Exciting stuff! The paths were wet and muddy – it looked like rain when i started out early this am.

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And in fact i ended up with quite a lot of the dirt on me.

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All in all, a decent ride, and if i didn’t have to worry about unleashed dogs on all but 3 of the zillion laps i did, it would have been a great ride!

October 23, 2012

Detour!

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:04 am by Lisa

Roads closed right and left due to all kinds of exercises being done by the army and govt in preparations for earthquake, tsunami and war (all at the same time). Found myself in a melon patch off of the highway!

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October 8, 2012

Has winter arrived?

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:18 pm by Lisa

Not sure about that because it’s about 100 degrees here right now (and you can look at that either in celsius or farenheit), but the weather this morning was crazy. Pouring down buckets, of course as i was just coming home from the gym. And the flooding starts…

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At least it was enough rain to wash the past 4 months of dust off my car!

October 5, 2012

TA Ride

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:02 pm by Lisa

So here it is 8pm on a Friday night and I’m beat and totally ready to go to bed. Took me a second to remember what I did today…

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A 42km bike ride with another 25,000 people, give or take a few thou… (that’s me, on the side towards the back πŸ™‚ )

A few years ago, Tel Aviv started a tradition of closing down some of the major roads in the city, as well as the highway leading into the city (the “Ayalon”), during Succot for a major bike ride. This is the first year I was able to do it and it was really cool! There were 3 different distances – 42km, 22km (these were the same route, but the 42km did 2 loops) and 7.5km.

The gathering point was about 2 minutes from my house so I didn’t have the hassle of getting there. The only problem was that after the start, there were so many people, it took about 10 minutes until I got to the starting line, and then about another 3 kilometers until we were able to really start to ride. It was super congested! I started out with my cleats on but I was very nervous with so many people around me. In the end, when we turned off the highway, I pulled over and changed into my sneakers. I wasn’t able to be as effective with my pedaling but I felt a lot more confident on the bike.

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The above picture on the highway makes it look like it was really clear, but at the time I was out there, there were a ton of people on the road – I tried to find some other pictures but no success. That’s surprising because LOTS of people were just riding one-handed with their phones in front of them taking all kinds of photos, swerving around, slowing down, etc..

My time was nothing to write home about due to all the delays, swerves and stops I did (so I won’t even bother posting it here), but I was pleasantly surprised how good I felt on the bike. I’m tired now but I wasn’t tired at all after the ride so I’m sure there’s another 20 or so kilometers in me, without even making an effort.

That’s a good thing because I’m planning to do a ride in November that’s around 90km. Really looking forward to that one!

As for now, I’m just going to hit the hay and get some needed rest!

BTW, did you know that my sister just started a new blog about healthy eating (it’s all about how she gets her three adorable kids to eat what’s good for them!)? Check it out! House of Bedlam!

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