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Plans A-D... a comedy of learning?

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Plan A for Friday was to commute via bicycle for my half day plus and hour OT. However, y'all know that warning they put on the walls of your bicycle tires? The one that says "do not overinflate"?

Well... I... kinda sorta... tested that yesterday morning. One boom too far. One spooked, embarrassed old lady here.

So... Plan B... I would drive it over to the bike shop, get them to fix it, and still have time for the bike commute. And if worse came to worse and they had to keep it because they were too busy to fit it in right away? I could walk to work in the time I had, from the bike shop, walk back to pick up the bike after.

Only I got to the bike shop to discover it wasn't open yet. Its summer hours have it opening at 10 a.m.! Which is late for an early bird like me.

So, out comes plan C... I know why the bike is my least favorite leg of the triathlon, it is my fear of equipment failure. If I understood more of the mechanics, maybe I wouldn't be so nervous about it. I decided I would go home and try popping the wheel off and see if I might consider, have the right tools to replace the tube myself.

I got as far as getting the wheel off and reading the instruction manual for replacing a tube before my resolve poohed out. I'm scared of breaking it. So... plan D... walk to the bike shop, drop off the tire, walk to work, then walk home after? Buzzzzz... thank you for playing... the clock is ticking.

In the end, I drove to work, dropping the wheel off on the way, picked up the wheel on the way home, and figured out how to put it back on the bike. The real victory was getting the brake cable reconnected. The test will be this morning when I take it for a shake down spin.

Slowly, people, slowly... the old lady learns slowly. But she *does* learn.

Oh, and I almost forgot to share some great news: Kelsey is OFF the heart-lung machine! Off the rvad, too. Still on a ventilator, still with tubes for drainage. But this is huge progress to be off those machines. It's been a month today since she first started having symptoms of what they have now called the hhv6 virus. I'm incredibly grateful, and still praying for continued recovery.

LIFE is good. Spark on, my friends!
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    Terrific news about Kelsey. Will continue to pray for her full recovery.

    Sorry about the bike tire. I leave all bike related stuff to my husband. I figure the car is my responsibility, he can be responsible for the bike.
    1779 days ago
    How are your ears. emoticon
    DH did the same to DD's bike a few weeks back.
    I heard it inside the house and come out to see both holding their ears!
    Long road ahead for Kelsey yet. This is a good start.
    1779 days ago
    The challenge was there and you met it head on. Now that you've done it once, it will be easier the next time. Let's hope there isn't a next time. Woohoo for Kelsey! HUGS!
    1780 days ago
    I looked at hybrids when I was in the bike shop yesterday getting my tire replaced. It appears that even changing a front tire will be a bit different on new bikes than on the ones we grew up with. But I can worry about that when/if I budget money for a new bike. The 41 year old Schwinn I'm riding is still good enough for my needs.
    1780 days ago
  • GABY1948
    That is WONDERFUL news about Kelsey! Prayers continuing for her total recovery also.

    We are SO alike...I am afraid of EVERYTHING until I "learn" it too! But I am older than you, I believe (65 this month) and you are also ahead of me in that you run.

    Have a great remainder of your weekend!
    1780 days ago
    good news re Kelsey
    1780 days ago
    I can relate to the fear of breaking it while trying to fix it! Glad to hear Kelsey is doing better.
    1780 days ago
    Yay Kelsey: such great great news, a significant step forward.

    And: you are NOT an "old lady", no you are not. You are a mature and seasoned and experienced person who's got it all going on and is able to figure it all out: which you just demonstrated. Yeah!!
    1780 days ago
    Super news on Kelsey...ride on!
    1780 days ago
    HUGS and prayers for Kelsey. So glad she's making progress.

    Oh boy. I am no good when it comes to anything mechanical either. Good luck with your test drive today. Hope everything works!!

    HUGS and smiles.
    1780 days ago
    Will cont to pray for Kelsey.
    Ride carefully today
    1780 days ago
    Great news on Kelsey, keeping her in my prayers Barb emoticon
    1780 days ago
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