Monday, June 10, 2013
Last Friday, I had my pre-op appointment with my doctor and a pre-registration appointment at the hospital. Both went well, which was a nice treat leading into the weekend.
Friday afternoon, I drove to Ridgefield, WA, to see my younger niece graduate from high school. I didn't graduate, so it was important to me that she know how proud I am of her for sticking it out and getting that diploma. I drove home the next day along the very scenic Highway 14. Well, some of it is really scenic. The rest is only scenic if you love the brush steppe as much as I do.
I managed to get a full night's sleep Saturday night (a rare treat!). After church, we delivered flowers to a parishoner whose husband had just passed away, did some shopping, and then did a bunch of yardwork.
I'd hoped to get a ride in sometime this weekend. The Hubs suggested going for a ride "in the cool of the evening." This time of year, it isn't very cool in the evenings, and between all the cooking and yardwork, we ran out of time.
I went for a walk at lunch. That helped put me in the right frame of mind. I get to ride home tonight, too. I won't be able to go for a long ride this upcoming weekend because I'm going to my parents' home. I'm tempted to take some time off before the 19th so I can get in a nice long ride on my bike before I have to stay off the bike for four weeks. There just isn't time between now and then. I miss my bike already.
It will be nice to get back into a normal routine this week, even though it'll be upended by my travel this weekend. And I have no idea what my "routine" will be after the surgery. So I'm going to treasure every little bit of "normal" I can, while I can.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
This morning, I averaged 15.6 mph on the way to work. I was even speeding in a school zone (22 mph in a 20 mph). No worries though: in two & half years, I've seen a sheriff's deputy monitoring that school zone ONCE. No speeding ticket for the Trek.
There wasn't any wind, but for an occasional breeze from the north. So I can't say my speed was wind-aided. Maybe this just happens when my weight drops below 190.
It was a gorgeous morning: sunny, in the 60s, no wind. The temperature should be in the high 80's this afternoon with just a little wind. I just may take the long route home tonight.
Monday, June 03, 2013
I went for a ride Saturday. I'd hoped for about 45 miles; I decided to ride just 29. I had a hard time pushing myself out the door, but I knew that once I started riding, I'd be happy I did. And I was right. Once on the ride, I lowered my expectations for a couple of reasons. I'd been riding my mountain bike to & from work, and my legs were kind of weary. I knew there was a lot of housework to do once I returned home. (The Hubs was tackling the yard work.) I'm sure I could have ridden the 45 miles I'd planned on, but it would have left my legs weary and my motivation to do housework completely sapped.
I went for a walk this morning, as well as one at lunch. The lunch walk was longer than my usual lunch walks. It's a lovely day outside, and I don't have court this afternoon. I'm looking forward to my ride home this afternoon (even though I'll be riding in my running shoes because I left my bike shoes at home).
I'm sure my weak motivation is due to my upcoming surgery. I haven't thrown in the towel, though. I haven't gained any weight, and my diet is still pretty good. I don't have a strong desire to sit on the futon and watching "Hoarders" all day long; I'm just having a hard time caring about working out.
On the plus side, I know this will pass. It could be a lot worse - I'm fighting against a blasť attitude, not recovering from a catastrophic injury. I just need to figure out what buttons to push to get back into gear.
Saturday, June 01, 2013
I picked the sleek red beauty from the shop yesterday. New derailleur, new cables, new chain, new front tire (unrelated to the carnage - I just took the opportunity to replace it) - $180. That's three tanks of gas, or god only knows how many cases of SlimFast. It's a bargain.
The shop couldn't find an Ultrega derailleur for an 8-gear cassette. Shimano doesn't make them anymore; in fact, Shimano is moving to 10-gear cassettes for its Ultrega gruppo, so even the 9-gear cassettes will be obsolete soon. (If you've got one, buy a derailleur now just in case.) We opted for a Sora derailleur, which is certainly adequate to meet my needs.
I told the LBS guy I dread the day I need to replace this bike. Buying a hand-built lugged steel frame bike is going to cost more than my car is worth. (Heck, a low-end hybrid is worth more than my car!) At that point, the LBS guy mentioned "We sell Bianchi and Raleigh's high-end steel bikes. One of them has the Dura Ace gruppo, you know...." Nooooooo! (Okay, so I'm really tempted, but I just looked up the retail price for that bike: $6500. *sigh* Okay, I see why people buy carbon.)
The rear cassette is shiny clean. (They do a much better job cleaning it than I did!) She's beautiful. When I hoisted her up onto the bike rack on my car, I thought, "Wow! You're so light!" My road bike is about 23 pounds ~ NOT light, but compared to mountain bike, she's a wisp.
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