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Sharry Miller
Valdez, Alaska
I'm a creative soul living life in Alaska.
Interests: I love trying new things and have played with fiber arts, quilting, fused glass, stained glass, lampworking, and a variety of other art forms. I'm also a budding adult athlete (after a childhood of inactivity) and indulge in bicycling, triathlon, hiking, skiing, and occaisonal attempts at running. I also enjoy reading nearly anything and writing about my experiences (hence this blog).
Recent Activity
Last time, I let you know I was excited to meet BOB - I'd always wanted to try him out. On the second day of our trip, I was totally smitten. But I don't want to get ahead of myself. It wasn't all about BOB. Finally, it was the real first day of our tour. The plan was to ride about 40 miles from Whitefish Bike Retreat to Apgar Campground in Glacier National Park. My... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Sharry Miller
I can't believe it's been two weeks already since I got back from my trip to Montana. I am a failure as a blogger. Ah, well, better late than never. I can guarantee that Montana is not flat. Now, I didn't really head there thinking it was, but now I have definite proof: bigger, stronger quads. Thane and I drove through Montana once nearly 20 years ago, but my memory is short. I really had... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Sharry Miller
It's been a week since the 2014 Fireweed 400, a series of 50-400 mile races and one non-race 2Day300K ride. Earlier this spring I'd decided to challenge myself by riding the last of those, what I keep calling the "tourist class" of the Fireweed: ~200 miles in two days. The first day is 110 miles from Sheep Mountain Lodge on the Glenn Highway to Tonsina Lodge on the Richardson Highway. The second day is about... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Sharry Miller
You are absolutely correct, Cindy, and I can manage to remember that when I'm not grinding up a hill into a headwind or worse, DOWN a hill into a headwind!
It was, indeed, Cindy. It was especially great to have Rowan back home, even if only for a couple of days before she went out fishing.
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2014 on Hatcher Pass Love at Sharry Miller
I know, Wendy. I just have to figure out how to shut up that little negative voice in my head. I appreciate that you'll be there to support me.
The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. Such experiences are not necessarily pleasant at the time they occur. ~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in Flow I'm having a crisis of myself. Yesterday I drove 160 miles round trip to ride Madeleine somewhere other than on the same stretch of highway out of Valdez. I parked at Squirrel... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Sharry Miller
Thanks, Cindy! I was the same way in my teens - could count every rib, but because I had curves I was sure I was fat. Right now, I'm quite confident that my muscle gain has outstripped my fat loss. Whatever, I feel great and seem to be heading the right direction, so I'll just keep on keeping on.
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2014 on Tracking Progress at Sharry Miller
Thanks, Elise. There's a kettle bell class at the fitness center here I've been wanting to take, but it doesn't work into my schedule. I do a few things with a medicine ball, but that's all so far. I need to do more, but I really hate workout videos. Maybe, one of these days….
Toggle Commented Jul 6, 2014 on Tracking Progress at Sharry Miller
Thanks, Carol. I tend to agree with you, although it may be a bit of sour grapes on my part. I wish the others luck.
Toggle Commented Jul 5, 2014 on Tracking Progress at Sharry Miller
Thanks, Wendy. I totally agree. I generally think such simplistic views of health are virtually meaningless anyway, especially when they don't take into account other health aspects. BMI, for instance, tells you nothing about muscle mass v. fat mass, and muscle generally weighs more than fat. I say again, "whatever."
Toggle Commented Jul 3, 2014 on Tracking Progress at Sharry Miller
Hmm, I'm pretty sure I don't like standard calculators for determining what you should weigh. They're depressing. A friend posted on Facebook this morning that she'd lost 53 pounds since her gastric bypass surgery two months ago and had officially fallen below the "obese" category in the body mass index (BMI) charts. Just for fun, I thought I'd see where the almost-35 pounds I've lost in the last five months had gotten me. Still obese.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Sharry Miller
It was a dark and stormy night. No, wait, that's a different story. I can see clearly now the rain is gone. I can see all obstacles in my way. Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind. It's gonna be a bright (bright) bright (bright) sunshiny day. It's gonna be a bright (bright) bright (bright) sunshiny day. ~Jimmy Cliff, "I Can See Clearly Now" Yeah, that's better. That's definitely more like it was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Sharry Miller
Thanks. About midway down the Pack Trail. She just wouldn't get off the trail and let me pass, so I had ample opportunity for photos.
Toggle Commented Jun 30, 2014 on Pretty Pictures at Sharry Miller
Normally I like to turn my little adventures hiking or biking into stories to share with you, but I've written before about hiking the Pack Trail (here and here), and riding out of town on the Richardson Highway gets mighty redundant. So, rather than bore you, I thought I'd just share a few photos I took last week while out riding and hiking. Related articles No Need to Rewild on the Pack Trail Scrambling Like... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Sharry Miller
Ah, I love another good self-indulger. I didn't even begin to list the ways I indulge myself. Like you, I believe it's my life and I'm the one who has to enjoy it. No point in letting it always revolve around others.
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2014 on A Little Self-Indulgence at Sharry Miller
Both options sound wonderful, Cindy. I could use a little sitting-and-watching time right now.
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2014 on A Little Self-Indulgence at Sharry Miller
Every once in a while, you just need to spoil yourself. The reasons for that need can vary widely. Yesterday, I had a work day from Hell. It seemed like every time I turned around there was more bad news, or we were collectively complaining about the bad news we'd already received. Morale was not high. By lunchtime, I'd already decided that instead of going to Spinning class after work, my psyche desperately needed time... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at Sharry Miller
Thanks, JoAnne. Isn't it sad how hard a time we have accepting that our bodies will change as we get older, and that inevitably it won't be for the better? I just wish I'd had the drive and athleticism I have now when I was in my 20s. I'd have been awesome!
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2014 on Self-(mis)Perception at Sharry Miller
And I love you, too.
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2014 on Self-(mis)Perception at Sharry Miller
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2014 on Self-(mis)Perception at Sharry Miller
Interesting how our imaginations all work differently, Suzanne. In my mind's eye, I'm always a much better version of myself. It's when I'm confronted with "reality" (a photo or a mirror) that I'm brought crashing back to Earth. You're right, of course; it's what we can do that's really important. Right now, I'm pretty darn proud of what I can do.
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2014 on Self-(mis)Perception at Sharry Miller
One benefit to living in a small town with a limited number of roads and nearby hiking trails is that I get to see how the area differs season to season and year to year. I must take a photo from the same spot by the Lowe River at least once a month every year during the cycling season. One of these days, I'm going to dig them all up and do some sort of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Sharry Miller
Thanks, Lisa. I suspect visiting anywhere in Europe would be demoralizing to this overweight American woman. Not only would my body be wrong, but so would be my wardrobe! Have a wonderful time over there, and enjoy the pastries. I look forward to seeing you in September.
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2014 on Self-(mis)Perception at Sharry Miller
Let me start with a simple fact, and, yes, I'm bragging a little. I'm very proud of myself for having lost a solid 25 pounds since the beginning of February. I now weigh less than I have in over 15 years. It's only a small portion of what I need to lose, but it's still huge. I feel much better, and I'm better able to do the activities I want to do. My muddy leg... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Sharry Miller