Monday, April 9, 2012
The weather was perfect - and the people were jovial - all except my darling daughter - who I am discovering - is daunted by crowds. I had flashbacks to the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul - with her weaving her way through the crowd as quickly as possible - looking for an exit - and looking at nothing. So that part was not as I expected, as I had to treat the thing like it was a Nascar race in order not to lose her in the crowd. And riding in that much traffic (other riders) was a challenge. Sailing through traffic lights and stop signs with no vehicular traffic to contend with was wonderful. Great support on the ride.
Our plan all along had been to do the 30 - which took us within a couple of miles of their house - and then ditch the rest of the ride and just go home. And that's what we did - about mile 17, I was cramping up like crazy, both calves and my neck - so I called "calf rope" and we headed out for breakfast tacos! All in all, we got in a bit over 25 miles. I'll know what to expect next time.
After that, we went to a bicycle maintenance clinic at ARE EEE EYE - which was quite good. I think I can change a tire when the time comes :-). My plan was to head home after the clinic and drop Inez off at the LBS for her tune up and for a fit adjustment. I don't know that she causes my neck pain, but I think the fit does make it worse. And given the traffic I had been riding in, I had no opportunity to really ride more upright to stretch out - I had to keep my hand on the brakes at all times - so I rode pretty "out there". But we decided to go for Thai food instead! So I missed the bike shop.
Rest of the weekend was non-descript. I got the silver stuff from the other place and spent quite a bit of time polishing silver. Oh, and speaking of posh - the housekeeping help? Spectacular. She did so many nice things - it was wonderful to come home and find the floors done, the bathroom done, everything dusted, front and back porches swept, front walk and sidewalk. Best money I ever spent. And if I wasn't polishing silver, I was sleeping. I pretty much napped off and on all day yesterday, which is unheard of for me. And I slept last night. I guess I must have really needed it.
This week has some challenges - first up this morning - appointment with the endocrinologist. Thyroid scans came back questionable. Then, internal auditors at work - plus some serious employee drama going on - thankfully, not my direct employee - but today promises to be fraught. My hope is to be where my butt is and in the moment and not spinning off into something else.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Take time to enjoy where you are.