Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Daughter Erin and I had a biking date with friends this evening, just a leisurely hour of riding. But it was a gorgeous day, so I decided to bike commute into town this morning. on the way back, I took the detour that takes me through a beautiful park by the lake, but ends with a nasty climb. So when we took the ride down into the gorge where the bike trail is, I was a little trepidatious about the climb back out.
We met up with the other two couples in the parking lot of the marina. "Where did you park?" they asked.
"Um, at home?" (To be fair, we live considerably closer to the park than either of them.) We rode a leisurely 8 miles round-trip and it was fun.
Then I had to face the hill. "I'll meet you at the top," I said to Erin. "I'll be walking up."
We made the climb out! Then to celebrate, Erin and I biked down to a local bar and had drinks, then biked on home.
Total for the evening: 17. Total for the day: 39. Finally over 100 miles on my bike for the year. By this time last year I was well into my 300s, so I have lots of time to make up. But it feels great to be out there again.
Monday, April 29, 2013
I've come up with a new word: irritaining. It's when something aggravating happens, but it's so ridiculous or absurd that you can't help but laugh at it.
In this case, it was a heating bill that came with the acknowledgement that we are now on an automatic deduction program AND a shut-off notice. Because they didn't actually take the payment out last month when we set up the automatic pay. So there they were with the ability to deduct the payment and instead saying they were going to shut off our gas. For, by the way, only one month's payment. The whole bill was less that $200.
Now, I regularly see people with gas bills over $2,000 and have seen them up to $6,000+. And they still have utility service. But OUR $112.52 triggered threats. And they could get the money any time they wanted!
Ferrett called and straightened it out, but there was that moment of staring at this absurd bill and laughing at the damned thing.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
My daughter is usually a really good exercise buddy, but I realized today that she has been my downfall when it comes to biking this year.
She is not the dedicated biker that I am. She is much more of a runner. But I've gotten really used to having her along as a pal at the gym. So when I would suggest biking, she would protest that it was too cold or too windy or going to rain. And I would let her talk me out of it.
This is a bad thing. She became like that little demon on my shoulder in the old cartoons, tempting me away from doing the right thing.
Yesterday was beautiful weather, but I had limited time and chose to work on the disaster that is my yard, figuring I'd bike today. Today it was colder again, and raining.
And I reminded myself that rain is not going to melt me. I got on the bike and put in 15 cold, wet miles. When I got home, I told my daughter that I can't be letting her talk me out of biking anymore. She completely agreed that she was being my shoulder demon, but that SHE still wasn't going to have anything to do with biking in the cold and rain.
That's okay. I've put in many miles solo in the past, and I can do so this year, too.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Saturday I went on a 5k. I had not jogged since I broke my tailbone in February, but we were going with a group of friends and I had organized it, so I figured I'd better show up. Two miles in I managed to pull my hamstring. I was smart enough to walk the rest of the way, but it's still bothering me.
Despite the hamstring pull, I have been going to the gym and focusing mostly on upper body strength training, with some walking, and that's been okay. The problem is that my weight is ooching up some and I am feeling antsy.
Today at the gym I attempted to jog a bit on the treadmill. Besides feeling awkward and lumbering, my hamstring was having nothing to do with that. So I got on the elliptical for a while instead. That wasn't too bad. I'm feeling frustrated because it feels like I'm starting all over. I'm trying to stay focused on being where I am and working from here, rather than letting my image of where I want to be make me feel hopeless.
And I have to say that yesterday I sort of ate the entire world today and felt like strangling people, all because I didn't work out. I did work out this morning and I already have a much better attitude. There may be something to this "exercise addiction" thing.
Friday, April 19, 2013
On the day I was born, my grandad went out and bought me a hula hoop. Now, 55 years later, I am finally learning how to use one. I'm older now than he was when he bought it for me. But I'll always be a kid at heart.
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