Sunday, July 22, 2012

Remembering Life

I am feeling like a brazillion dollars today.  Two of my workouts got stormed out this week so I had a busy weekend scheduled.  Saturday I got out and had a great run.  I'm still only doing 16 minutes of 1 minute walking and 1 minute running but my legs are getting stronger and there's no more squinting with pain as I start up.  I was going to double up with a swim Saturday afternoon but we'd promised to take my daughter we would take her and her friends to the state fair to meet her boyfriend.  Now, I'd just as soon give him a wedgie as go out of my way for him and my daughter to hang out but I'm trying to be a supportive dad.  At least that's how I felt before I saw them hanging out and riding a ride together.  They both looked really happy and it made my weekend.

I forgot to mention that after my run Saturday I went and bought my new used bike from Andrea's husband.  It's a sweet Fuji that actually fits me.

I've always kind of snickered at people that named their bike's because it seemed like something people did to be part of the tri or cycling crowd.  Of course, I used to have a much meaner spirit than I've had lately.  Anyway, before I even bought this bike I was checking it out and Andrea's house and as if whispered in my ear from an ancient aborigine the name "Ponyboy" lodged itself in my brain.  I know it's not original and there are probably millions of bikes named this around the world but I shall call my bike Ponyboy and I will love it and hug it and it will always be mine.

Wouldn't it figure the part with my new bike would get corrupted.  Are you on the edges of your seats?!?

Today is my wife's birthday.  I still had to catch up on a swim and she always makes sure to run 2 miles on her birthday so we split up before heading out for my inaugural ride on Ponyboy.  My swim was the best I've ever had.  Only 300m but the 50m pool usually kicks my rear.  Today there were tons of nice people swimming and it was a beautiful day.  I was only supposed to do 200m but I felt so good I through in the other 100m.

Then it was time for our ride.

My wife has been letting me use her bike all this time so it was the first time we'd ridden together in years.  I put on my new chamois liner and instantly regretted Dick's Sporting Goods' lack of a plus-size section.  XL cycling shorts do not fit me at least not comfortably.  It was a battle to get them on and I spent most of the ride with ovaries but I'm going to make them work.  I was going to take a picture but I figured it'd be like seeing the corpse on CSI: fascinating but regrettable in the long run.

PEARL IZUMI Liner Short for Men - Black In Size: Extra Large

Those awesome shorts were a birthday present.  Yes, my taste is impeccable.

The wife and I took a 9 mile ride on our Legacy Trail and I think it was one of her best birthdays.  It was so much fun.  Just a couple of months ago I wouldn't have even tried it.  Today it was like taking a walk.

I have nothing else inspiring to say today.  I'm just going to leave you with this picture that made my day.


  1. Congrats on Ponyboy. I'm glad you named him. It's good luck. :)

  2. i love your cutie pie wife!

    and if you do 16 minutes of run walk, that is a mile? I could do that i think

    1. Well, it's a mile with the walking at the beginning and end. Today I'm stepping it up a notch. Wish me luck.

  3. haha! I remember when you made fun of me for naming Jake. Glad Ponyboy is working out for you!