Losing Heart, and Finding It.


Today is a rare day–one in which I have a morning to myself. It’s still a work day but free time to do as I choose is a rarity in my life–so I tend to cherish it. I decided to go outside for a ride–since the temperatures were decent, in the upper 30’s. I suited up and found myself procrastinating. I had on the Pearl Izumi tights, the socks, the base layers, nearly everything but my helmet and decided that before I went, I absolutely should do that last skim coat on the drywall job I was doing in my basement. Where is Heather to pull me out of this funk? Oh right, she’s packing for St John.

So I finally force myself outside on the mt bike–since I’m not trashing the Specialized in this weather. I quickly discovered that we got a lot more ice on the roads than I thought, and now I actually had a decent excuse not to ride outside, since I don’t have the benefit of studded tires like Heather.

So I returned after a mere mile outside–defeated and feeling like I should do something. I thought about Marcela who is doing her first race of the year today. I wonder what she’s got for weather down south.

This little event has somewhere matched my mood the last few days too–so I guess I should have known. I changed into shorts and headed to the dungeon for some time on the trainer.

On the trainer–I found myself again. Since it wasn’t 8:30 at night and I hadn’t been up since 5am, worked a 9 hour day, cooked, cleaned, read stories, and continued with the potty training experiment in my house (with my son), I found I could actually keep going for a lot longer. I wasn’t tired, I wasn’t forcing myself, and I wasn’t going to be up until 1am all pumped up from exercising too late at night. I went faster, maintained a steady nice cadence of about 82, and lasted twice as long. In fact, I could have gone longer but had things to do (like sanding down the skim coating of mud on the drywall before showering and going to work until 11PM–and I wonder why I’m tired).—Karen

Ride Stats:
Outdoor: 1.1 mile(s)
Temp: 38
Conditions: 1 inch of ice

Indoor: 20 miles
Temp: 72
Conditions: I enjoyed watching Spanglish as I spun

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4 responses to “Losing Heart, and Finding It.”

  1. Heather says :

    You better pedal your trainer while I’m away. Heck, maybe try outside since the weather is suppose to be in the 40s this week. And while it will be 80Ėš in St John, cycling is strongly advised against. I will return with a vengeance, and probably a really good sunburn.

  2. Dorothy W. says :

    Glad it turned out well! It’s very frustrating to have to turn back … spring should be here soon, right? šŸ™‚

  3. Karen says :

    Dorothy–when I woke this morning I heard a bird singing….yeah! I haven’t heard that in so long. One of the subtle signs that spring is coming…..

  4. accident compensation claim says :

    I like this .. its really awesome .. what a bike .. nice and cool .

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