12.5 miles and I am feeling it.
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
SO I went to my job interview today, first thing I noticed when I got up was that is was super GREY outside...like rain color! I hoped and prayed that it wouldn't rain until AFTER I got there...if I got wet on the way home, it would be ok, but please PLEASE not on the way there!
Breakfast was chicken and rice soup with extra crackers because I knew I would need a few extra carbs.
I left the house by 9 so I could catch the 10:50 train. I surprised myself by getting to the station in 36 minutes (I rode against the wind the whole way) so I took the 9:50 train. It wasn't too bad getting my bike up on the train, its a heavy bike, but I managed. They do have conductors but they aren't supposed to help you with a bike or luggage or anything like that. The ride wasn't too bad, there were bike paths, bike lanes, and sidewalks most of the way and on the one super busy road, there was no accommodation and I could not bring myself to ride on the road....AND I didn't want to ride in the gravel because I was worried about broken glass and getting a flat, so I walked my bike on the side.
After arriving in the town I was headed for, I double checked my directions and my phone was telling me the opposite of what I had written down. I called my beau and he confirmed what I wrote. I ate my 2 other hard boiled eggs but threw out the yolks, they were just too much too dry for me today. I set out again and made it without getting lost....an entire TWO HOURS EARLY! It was only 2 miles from the train to the business.
I am the special kind of crazy person that is terrified of being late, so I am always early and spend a lot of time waiting. I took my time and found a bike rack in the parking garage and then sat at the tables outside for awhile. I finally got chilled, it was so overcast and yucky, I went in and found that they had a huge dining area in the building and sat there for awhile. I brought some snacks with to eat so I sat and ate...2 hard boiled eggs, one with a yolk and one without, and 3 slices of raisin bread.
The interview went well, I was more nervous about the trip than the interview. I think I am at the point of feeling that if I get it I get it and if I don't then I keep looking. I can't take the stress of freaking out about every interview. I can only go in and present myself as I am.
This is a staffing agency and I have a second interview for Thursday (I think, they haven't sent me a confirmation email yet)
The trip back...
When I got back on my bike, I noticed that my legs felt heavy, it felt hard to build up any speed. I tried to just notice things around me. The sun finally came out which was nice, but the wind had shifted so that I was STILL riding against the wind....SO not fair!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I made it back to the train and had to wait almost an hour as I had just missed an outbound train. When I went to get on the train I found that the platform here was MUCH lower that my last station, it was a big step up for my hips and legs to deal with much less trying to shove my bike up a 45 degree incline! Thankfully the conductor helped me out and held my bike on the incline while I got to the top and yanked it up. I am extra thankful that he helped me because they aren't supposed to!
I didn't think I could swing my leg up over my bike so I walked for about a quarter mile and then stayed on the sidewalk until I got about halfway home. I was feeling *weird* at this point so I stopped at the grocery store and grabbed a protein shake and a regular size pack of reese's peanut butter cups. I sat outside and ate them and called my beau to let him know that I needed to have a break.
I finally made it home at a little after 3 this afternoon and slept for about an hour. I am still exhausted and my entire body just feels heavy, so I am looking forward to getting to bed tonight.
Take care and love yourself.