Well, I had to go to the bike shop today. I'd known for a while that my rear wheel was messed up, but it was manageable. But on Sunday's bike ride, two spokes broke and it got incredibly mis-aligned and was out of true. I had to ride the last half with a *very* wobbly wheel [it was so wobbly that I could FEEL it while riding!]. I adjusted it as much as I could for the rest of the ride [meaning that I tried to get it to stop rubbing up against the frame as much as possible] but I knew it wouldn't hold that much longer. I needed a new wheel, badly.
So I went down to the bike shop and got a whole new wheel. The good news is, everything on my bike is back in working order and it no longer feels like I'm fighting not only my extra weight and gravity, but also my bike while riding. It once again feels like I'm flying on my bike, which I always love. And this means that I no longer have to put extra pressure on my legs [specifically my right knee and ankle, which have been hurting since Sunday's ride!].
The bad news: a new wheel, labor, etc. cost a lot of money. $72, to be specific. Which is essentially all the money I had in my bank account to last me the rest of summer. I have *maybe* $20 left, which is enough to pay my gym membership for the next two months. But I have no jobs coming in until September so funds are going to be REALLY tight until then, and let's hope nothing else goes wrong with my bike for the rest of the summer!
The okay news: I didn't get to the gym today, since the bike shop was super busy [and only the owner was working] so everything took about two hours. Also, my ankle was still bothering me a bit. But once everything was fixed, I went and took my new wheel [and my front one too!] for a spin on the bike path. Despite the 95 degree heat, I rode 14 miles [funny how I now see that as a quick, easy ride, even in this heat!] and the bike felt GREAT!
Completely unrelated: I've been doing a lot of mental work on myself and taking stock. This is something I like to stop and do every couple of years, at least, especially following a period of deep depression. Part of being healthy, to me, means getting my mental health in order as well. That being said, I've started a 21 day meditation challenge [ www.chopracenterm
] and am excited for the doors this will open. I haven't done meditation seriously in at least 7 years so it's definitely time to get back to it.
Gym tomorrow, I promise.