Trek Women
January 24, 2008

Lackadaisical love life…

Nada_cookies Some heartless creature brought iced, heart-shaped cookies to work this morning and anonymously left them in the kitchen for all to “enjoy.”  Not only is it bad enough to be tortured by such sugary goodness, it’s also a nauseating reminder that the worst day of the year is only three weeks away. I LOATHE VALENTINE’S DAY! 

People always blame Hallmark for the V-Day hype. I disagree. I think it’s an evil consortium between Blockbuster, Pizza Hut and Ben & Jerry’s to make single women without dates—who are sitting at home; watching movies where Matthew McConaghy takes his shirt off (all of them); and ordering take-out because good luck getting in to a restaurant and who would want to watch all those lovey-doveys anyway—feel even worse. Someone give me a pint and a spoon. My love life is lacking and e-Harmony ads give me the creeps.

The problem is, I haven’t really been trying to remedy the situation lately. Before the holidays, I had traded emails with a guy “J.” He seemed nice enough, said he was in to fitness and running. We decided to chat on the phone. I asked him if he ran for fun or if he was training for something. “J” confessed that he hadn’t ran in close to a year; but, if we went out for a run together, he’d still have to beat me to the finish. Nice talking to you macho man. Though part of me wanted to challenge him to see who was hacking up vital internal organs at mile 5. His woo-ing needs work. Who am I to talk though? My half-hearted efforts haven’t gotten me too far either. At least I didn’t eat a cookie.


I was just noticing how creepy the e-harmony ads are last night. How do spell desperate: e-h-a-r-m-o-n-y. Anyhow i have a valentines day plan: ride a century indoors. Now this should take about 6+ hours (you could watch every Matt McConaghy movie ever made). This will do two things, allow you to eat all the delicious heart shaped cookies you want, and make valentines day pass w/o even noticing. Just think Friday morning when people snidely ask "so, what did you do for V-Day?" you can say "rode my bike 100"

Posted by: Tori | Jan 25, 2008 11:02:03 AM

It's that Dr. Neil Clark Warren who gives me the heebie-jeebies in a cult-like/snake-charming way. Sure, he looks all kind and granderfatherly on the outside with his little round glasses and white-toothed smile during the eHarmony ads. But, I bet underneathe, he's some kind of freak.

Anyway, I am loving your indoor century idea! Ooooh, what about a Pride and Prejudice Ride -- the A&E mini-series version with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, though it's only 5 hours long - I'd have to pedal fast. All I need now is a indoor trainer for my bike.

Tori, I think we need a name for your concept and take it nationwide!! Hmmm.. I Don't HEART Valentine's Day Indoor Century?? First Annual Chick Flick Indoor Century?? Like they say in my PR biz, this idea has legs.

Posted by: Laura | Jan 25, 2008 11:49:10 AM

Hmm....I'm in for the indoor century (okay might have to scale back to whatever the PT says). Don't forget that there's a whole lotta us married chicks who aren't doing that "let me swoon over the color of your eyes" thing on V-day :) If we started doing that it would soon be followed by kids going, "Ew, Mom, that's soooo gross!"

Posted by: Jen | Jan 25, 2008 2:51:47 PM

Here's a thought... regular century rides usually offer different distancs: half-metric = 35 miles; metric century = 62 miles; and English century = 100 miles

So, maybe for the first annual / soon-to-be-named Indoor Century, our distances could be

> 1 episode of Sex and the City
> 1 John Cusack movie (or other heart-throb crush actor)
> Project Runway marathon
> Pride & Prejudice A&E miniseries

What do you think??

Posted by: Laura | Jan 25, 2008 3:40:14 PM

Great idea!!! Count me in for the Project Runway Marathon Distance.

Now we just need a name. I DON'T heart Valentines Day Century is pretty funny.

This is for ALL women who thing VDay is silly.

Posted by: Tori | Jan 25, 2008 9:07:44 PM

I LOVE IT!!! I'll do up a blog about it next week and maybe the chicks out there will chime in with ideas. I'll have to investigate and see if we can do some kind of ride "registration". This is gonna be good.

Non-cycling related PS: How about sob sister Ricky winning this week's challenge on PR??? I want to know what's under his hat?

Posted by: Laura | Jan 25, 2008 10:26:26 PM

This is going to be awesome!!

I live for PR, which is difficult considering I don't own a tele. Ricky is incredible. However as annoying as I find the two girls who were together (can't remember their names, oops)their two pieces were so fantastic. And the little number Sweet Pea came up with....I seriously want to buy it.

Vday Sucks! Happy Weekend!!

Posted by: Tori | Jan 26, 2008 1:04:50 AM

Hmm ... maybe I'll join in, but I'll have to do mine in the morning on Valentines day. And I'm gonna do a Family Guy marathon instead of Project Runway.

Posted by: Demo Ross | Jan 27, 2008 6:14:17 PM

What? Not a PR fan Ross?? It's so fierce (yes, I'm rooting for Christian, that kid is hilarious). Maybe the guys out there can do an Ultimate Fighting Championship marathon?

Posted by: Laura | Jan 28, 2008 8:41:52 AM

Bunch of us have a fudge goal: to ride 400 miles by VD. It's called the "Shoot Cupid" ride ;D If I didn't have to work I'd go for a century then... hey, last year we had a foot of snow and schools closed, so maybe!

Posted by: Sue | Jan 28, 2008 9:44:06 PM

Sue, that's so cool - 400 miles!! Wowee! When did you start? AND, I completely want to steal the "Shoot Cupid" name. That's too funny!!!

So does a fudge goal mean that you can eat a pound of fudge on V-Day as a reward? I'm all for that. Maybe I need a Peanut M&M goal. I get 1 M&M for every mile. Shoot, I'd probably do a century every day if that were the case. hahaha

Posted by: Laura | Jan 29, 2008 9:20:23 AM

We started the first of the year. I wanted something attainable and not just for 10,000-annual-mile nuts ;) I was going to try to double it myself but the weather has been a little uncooperative and I felt like I needed to back off a little after pushing pretty hard in December.
Amount of fudge is up to the individual :) Nuts are optional... and a couple of the folks are utterly disdaining fudge and riding for steak, and since they're up in the frozen north I figure they've got a point!
I'm holding out hope that there will be a token of affection my direction on VD... "nothing endures the whole year long save hope in the willing heart!"

Posted by: Sue | Jan 29, 2008 10:33:59 AM

Riding for Meat... it's got a certain ring to it. I guess no one ever rides for lettuce.

Here's to hope!!

Posted by: Laura | Jan 29, 2008 11:21:32 AM

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