Trek Women
November 27, 2007

A Good Realization

Scooby1I have always wanted to have a dog in my house. I looked forward to the day when Bill and I would have our own house and we could get a little dog to keep us company. When I imagined the whole experience of having a dog, it was fun, entertaining and just perfect. Basically nothing like having a dog.

This past week I dog-sat two dogs of some friends of ours. They were wonderful dogs, full of energy and excitement, hair and poo. They would follow me around the house looking at me, just waiting to see if I did something exciting like go near the refrigerator. They would sleep in the same room that I did, and they snored. There was a big dog and a little dog; the big dog, Jenga, ate a entire bad of bagels that I had just bought from the store. I am sure the little dog, Pete, ate some too.

The whole experience made me think twice about getting a dog. It is a good realization. Dogs are a lot of work and I needed to see that.

We will probably still get a dog, but just one at a time. And I'll make sure it is a non-shedding, non-pooing, snore-free dog that dislikes bagels.

November 18, 2007

Spin Baby Spin!

YEAH BABY!

Such a lovely phrase; one that cant be said too often I think.  This past weekend I went to a spinning class at the gym where I work.  “Spinning,” for the uninitiated is riding on a stationary bike with an instructor leading you.  You go up “Hills” and down “Descents”, you ride on “Flat road” and have “Sprints”.  So basically it is exactly like riding a bike except for the “riding a bike” part.  It is huge amounts of fun.

Kimberly was my instructor for the Saturday morning ride.  It was supposed to be a 2-hour endurance ride, but because of time commitments it turned into a 90 minute endurance ride.  Frankly, I can say that the Lord answered my prayers; I think that if I had to do the whole two hours I would have died.

Kim did a great job of keeping the excitement level up, and because I have an awesome new heart rate monitor (Thanks TIMEX!) I was able to make sure that I stayed at the right level of exertion.  Or about the right level of exertion – after the first “Hill”  I was about ready to pass out.  The only thing that kept me conscious was Kim shouting “YEAH BABY!” every few minutes telling us to pick up the pace. (Seriously, how can she breathe?!)

I am a sucker for hard workouts, and this one was as good a workout as I have got in a while.  THANKS KIM!

Next class; MONDAY!

November 9, 2007

Here comes the SNOW!

Dsc_0255 I walked out side this morning and it was below 30 degrees and snowing.  I can't believe that I live in a place that is this cold!  It has been getting cold pretty fast here in Minnesota.   Lucky for me, I did not ride my bike to work all week because I have been traveling to multiple clubs a day. 

Today I got into work and mentioned the snow outside and how cold it was getting.  A fellow trainer laughed and said "last year we already had three inches on the ground...and you think this is cold?"  I just smiled casually and said "I guess I'm in for a very interesting winter".  Inside I was thinking, "Oh My! How am I even going to get through November!"

I'll just take it one day at a time.  Monday I will be back to riding my bike to work. Wish me warmth, not luck.

By the way- I love snow.  I think it is beautiful when it snows, and it makes the cold seem a little more bearable...to a point.

November 3, 2007

Lights Out

060317trek830darktime_2 I rode home Tuesday night.  The main roads home are of three sorts; freeways, which I can’t ride on, Main Roads, which are generally so patched and worn that I get full use out of my exorbitantly plushy suspension, and Side Roads that are generally poorly lit but much smoother. 

Tuesday night I rode the side roads.  In order to get home I have to cross over or under three freeways, snake through a curvy section of neighborhoods and take a long loop around a golf course.  Past the golf course there are no streetlights at all – just one at the start of the road and one way down at the end of it, acting like an island in the middle of the Atlantic.  No cars either; just a mile-long stretch of newly paved road for me to play on.

So, riding there in the darkness I did something crazy, something I would never suggest to anyone.  I switched off my lights.

At first everything was completely black.  Then slowly I started too see stuff – the white lines on the side of the road, the pale shadows of the trees beside me and above me clouds masking the stars. 

The road was glass; aside from the hum of my tires on the pavement and the occasional ghost-shifting of a needs-tuned mountain bike (not Trek’s fault – cables stretch on a new bike) it was completely quiet.

I was starting to think how peaceful everything was, when I hit the mother of all potholes. 

Ka-THUNK! No time for musing when you are trying to hold on to your handlebars for dear life.

I switched back on my lights and checked everything out.  No harm done, but the lights stayed on for the rest of the trip.

Kind of funny though – when I first hopped on a bike I swore I would never ride again in the dark.  Then I got lights and now I ride pretty regularly after the sun has set.  On Tuesday I turned off the lights.

What is next?  The more and more you ride a bike the more and more crazy stuff seems normal. 

Bill calls it the “Slippery Slope of Biking”   

I have promised myself to ride to work at least until the end of November.  By then it will be much, much to cold for anyone to ride.

Maybe. 

Talk to you later.