Saturday, June 19, 2010

Two Flats and Stupid Head Tricks

Isn't it strange how when you get on board with something, stuff happens to try and knock you off track? Last week I began my hard-butt diligent quest for fitness by committing to working out at the school weight room and riding my bike (Nellie) for longer rides. Things went great Monday with strength training leaving me with noodle arms, but I didn't care.

Tuesday, I went for my ride and after 16 minutes I hear a loud HISS and realize my front tire is going flat as a pancake. This Tuesday happened to be heavy trash pickup in our neighborhood and there is always crap in the street. I looked down and saw a mine field of glass. C'mon people, heard of recycling that stuff?

So, I walked Nellie home and got Sydney and went for a walk. Determined to get in my exercise quota, I wasn't letting a flat stop me!

Wednesday, they decided to do some work on some pipes at the school. That meant there would be no a/c in the weight room after noon. Who cares, right? I mean you're gonna sweat anyway, eh? So, I go to work out and guess who is in there? The head of the school. He's an okay guy (sometimes) but I felt a little awkward, to say the least. But, whatever. I came to work out...and I did.

Thursday, I took my tire to the bike shop and got a new tube put in. The guy said there was a little chunk of tire missing, but it would probably last for awhile. Got home, put the tire back on Nellie, and we were off. Had a very nice ride (53 minutes) even though it was hot as blazes.

Friday, I decided to skip the strength training because I didn't want to work out with you-know-who. Apparently, he works out up there quite often. So, I went home to ride my bike. Rode for 44 minutes and then my front tire went flat - again. Crap. Double Crap. I knew I should have just bought a new friggin tire. Why do we not listen to that still, small, voice in us? Oh, and I've decided to work out regardless of who is in the weight room. I realize now that I deserve to be there just as much as anyone else.

So, here it is Saturday, and I'm going to the bike shop to get a new tire. I really need to learn how to change a flat myself. I'm going to go to one of the classes they offer so I can get some practice with someone who knows what they're doing. If you ride, and I know there are a lot of you now - Woo Hoo! be prepared! Don't get stranded far from home with a flat. I ride very close to home and the farthest I've had to walk my bike is a mile, but that was tough. You can carry and extra tube with you and they make very small hand pumps.

Now, on to the stupid head tricks. I signed up for Facebook (again) but I don't know that many people so it's really a waste for me. Anyway, I decided to look up my ex. Much to my despise, he's still alive and has a life. Why I've been thinking about a person who caused me so much pain and heartache, I don't know. It's been years since he left my life (and my son's life) and yet I can still let him make me feel like shit. Too, bad, there's not a way to wipe only the bad memories out of your head. Instead, I can't remember what I had for lunch yesterday unless I write it down.

Have a good weekend. Be prepared. Don't dwell on the past. And, don't forget to drink your water. (sorry, Roxie, I'm kinda copying you today!)


  1. Facebook is really not great for that kind of stuff. I try to avoid those searches and limit my time with that. There is always good too, but certainly the bits that bring up old memories that are better left.

    Great job on working out and getting those noodle arms!

    Keep on biking and drinking your water!!!!

  2. A double rough day....hugs, Tena!

    The pain and heartache agenda -
    Perhaps it's time to forgive.
    Not him! No, dear, not him.
    But forgive ourselves for ever placing his needs and values higher than our own.
    Forgive ourselves for giving away our personal power to someone who doesn't treasure us. (Another Roxie quote!)
    Then we can start to truly heal. And address the fear that our needs seemed to represent, in the first place.
    And know that you are treasured!

  3. I feel ya, Tena. I can get over a lot of stuff, and I have. However, when it comes to someone that hurts/abandons/neglects my kiddo? It's ON like Donkey Kong. Hell hath no fury. I am STILL not over that part yet. What he did to me? Hell, he did ME a favor by leaving. But my daughter? The thought that she has ever had even one pang caused by that ratbastard makes me ....well, you get the picture. I flat lose my serenity over that. So I get ya. And he is imminently searchable/findable because he is a PREACHER!

    But I've given him space in my head rent-free for long enough. Those EXs (yours and mine) are not worthy of you and me and our son and daughter.

    Here is a personal favorite slogon - The best revenge is living well. So go out there and live well. And I wish we could take that bike class together!

    And honest to goodness, girl - way to fight through adversity on your workouts.

  4. They are very expensive but Continental tires are supposed to be some of the best on the market. Not puncture proof but certainly resistant.
    My friend told me to fill my tires weekly to help prevent flats. I didn't know this. I've gone the entire season not doing this.

    I loved what Roxie had to say.

    I need to take a bike maintenance class myself. I wouldn't even know where to start.

    It would be great fun to someday be able to take a good long bike ride together ... but not in that Texas heat!!! :D

  5. I always get derailed by something as soon as I start committing to a goal. It sounds to me like you took all these obstacles in stride. Great job! I am trying to keep up the good work myself--20 pounds til goal.

  6. Way to press forward with your workouts and bike rides. TCB has ben meesing with me all week. I looked up ex on FB. Not an ex that has anything to do with my kids. After looking at his page I totally decided that I had dodged a bullet when he left me for another woman. She's in prison and her son is too. My 1st hubs was such a loser that I was so very happy when I finally left me alone. He was a very scary man.

    Keep up the good work.

  7. Hey Tena...{{{hugs}}} you and Karen are convincing me I need a bike for my birthday. Both of your blogs about biking sound so much fun.