Saturday, April 14, 2012
Thursday...My normal day off but a bit different..My Pedal Pusher group (work group that ride road bikes) decided to get together for the first time for a middle of the week bike ride. We were all not sure how this would work. Some had to work and some didnt...Wasnt sure about changing clothes and what not. I had the easy part or so you would think...I was off. It was my normal off day.
Well it wasn't easy...My husband usually ride with us and he decided to sit this one out. Not sure why he made that decision but I kept thinking he will change his mind..well..He didn't.
Let me explain..My husband is the type that is very organized and likes preparing everything to ensure we are not missing anything. While I am upstairs getting dressed...he is downstairs getting our drink mix together, snacks and loading up the bikes with gloves, glasses and bike helmet. I don't do any of that...When I walk downstairs..He says..Ready? I say Ready? then hop in the car...Knowing that all has been taken care of.
When we get there..I sit in the car or chat with friends while he takes everything off and prepare for our ride. I may hold the bike but overall..I am socializing...
So THURSDAY..was a big deal! I had errands and was running behind time. I didnt get home until 5pm. The ride was scheduled for 530pm. I was able to quickly change clothes...5 minutes.
My husband calls on the phone..I am flustered couldn't find water bottle...it wasnt where you would normally put one and it was still prefilled from 2 weeks ago ride...Aaargghhh!!! He hangs up quickly...I had to call him back..where are the ties for the bike...In other car...Im totally flustered...
Had to talk to myself..Say Mone' You can do this and no need to get mad! Now I am another 10 minutes into my time. I go to garage...Bike hanging up...I take it down...not gracefully but still I got it down. Done.
Start to mount my bike rack which is a portable Allen which was quoted as perfect for my sports car. I was able to follow directions and get it on the car. Done.
Now time to mount bike and I am definitely going to be late. Mount bike add additional ties and feel confident that bike will not move or fall off. Done.
I send text telling group that I will be about 10 minutes late....Had to figure in that I was going to drive slow..which is not my normal way of driving...I was watching the rearview mirror the whole time....Whew...Finally I am at location of ride!
Ride around..see lots of people but dont see my group. I see their cars but not them. Decided to not panic and go ahead a prepare to ride. Started to dismount bike and put everything in place but still dont see my crew. ...I was figuring that they may of done a warm up ride....After I am ready..i send text stating I must of missed yall... As I am texting I am wondering..NOW WHAT DO I DO?? I didnt know the route at all.
I did get a response saying..I am on my way to get you!! Whew Relief...I didnt want to tell THAT story if the outcome was different.
Had a great 19.3 mile ride at a 11-12 mph speed. It was an easy ride with some push..small rises as my riding coach say...whew! Good ride felt happy.
When we get back the guys wanted to help me get my bike on the car since John wasn't there. I said quickly..OH NO...I need to do this! This is my independent moment and I didnt want to count on them...I said very sassy with head movements and all. THEY ALL LAUGHED!! and quickly backed off. ... I did it..and I was proud of it.. They checked to make sure it wasn't going anywhere but otherwise..It was ALL ME.
Ride home..Husband in driveway...Im pulling up with the Goofy smile..He said looka here...bike looks nice on that car..and Lady looks even better!! I smiled..winked and said..Yes and I did it ALL BY MYSELF!!
He said...Let me take a picture and you can put it on your Spark Page! I said YES and THANK YOU. Thursday felt great even with frustration. It may be a small thing for many but for me it would of been easy to just say I am not going and catch you next time. I kept going and I was enjoying the results. No matter what we have in front us we have to be independent enough to know this is only about You and no one else. THURSDAY WAS ALL ME BABY!!!