Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Sometimes you just gotta say.....

"What the Fudge!"

I was training for a fall marathon, became injured, and bailed....what the fudge.

Sometimes other committments take precedent over a good workout....what the fudge

Monday was a "What the Fudge" day. There were so many reasons for me to have a good workout at the Y. My right leg is bothering me and I really can't run. Elliptical running and cycling are the main workouts to keep my aerobic fitness up to par. My workout called for 40 minutes elliptical, 45 minutes spinning, 30 minutes elliptical or pool running. Just under two hours for a workout that would be done inside watching the local news and listening to my MP3 player. Bags were all packed. I headed to the car and as I placed the bag into the car and turned around I stopped in my tracks to look at the beautiful blue sky. The warmth of the sun touching my skin. The neighbor's flag barely making a move. Seventy-five degrees and not a cloud in the sky. What was I about to do?

I just couldn't subject myself to being inside on this gorgeous day. But my tri bike was dismantled. New bars, derailleur, and cables still waiting to be installed. My road bike was in the basement having been put on the trainer for several rides. I'd have to change the rear tire again. Or I could use the Shimano wheels from the tri bike..or..I could use the FP60s that have been hanging from the hooks in the garage since the end of July. I could hear them calling me. Wanting to feel the open road. Wanting the cobwebs removed from their spokes.

I was off like a shot to don my Snakebite Racing team kit and bring my road bike up from the basement. I changed the wheels and had the tires pumped up in no time. I called the wife so she knew about the last minute changes, put the dogs in their cages and set out for a two hour bike ride.

It was so wonderful to be out like this. Leaving the neighborhood behind I was excited to make my way out to the countryside for some good riding. I had forgotten how awesome the Flashpoint wheels are. Despite the harsh ride on the bumpy roads, I favor the wheels because they are so smooth. The hubs spin with no effort and once I get the bike up to speed it's easy to maintain the speed, even going up small inclines. I was in cycling heaven.

I took one of my favorite routes through the countryside and even made a detour to visit a friend and check out their new pool and hot tub. I would have loved to enjoy the hot tub but I still had 12 miles to ride back home. I made the right decision going for the ride. The mental freedom of the road, enjoying the scenery (even the road kill) and doing something you truly enjoy deserves a great big "what the fudge".

Game On.