Sunday, January 18, 2009

Yesterday (kinda) sucked!

Yesterday was a rather interesting day. It all started out when I decided (although H was not so enthusiastic but went anyway) to ride with our Outlaw buddies. The ride started at 8:30-temp. 32 degrees and sunny. In my fantasy mind this wouldn't be so bad, delusional as I was. The longest outdoor ride we have done since IMAZ is 16 miles and that was once, outside. The morning ride yesterday started our needless to say cold..My hands were blocks of ice. There were 8 of us. I knew I would be be of the slower riders but surely H would be with me as we worked our way to the coffee shop 17 miles away, in the friggin' freezing cold. And let me not forget the wind, of course...As we kept going, the group got farther ahead of me so Pirate, who is like the person you want to be with if you are in a tornado, started pulling me along as I drafted like a champ off of her steel bike. My carbon fiber kept up just fine with that..we caught up with a big random bike group and started getting sucked along with them until alas...plunk..I just fell off the back and was on my own to fight the wind..It really, really sucked..My heart rate was now way, way up.. forever it seemed. Finally, I got to where the group was waiting for me. Even H-he has become quite the cyclist and I am now in the second class group as he rides with the big kids. At last we arrived at the coffee shop, the relaxing part of the ride..Took forever to get a cup of hot chocolate....time to go already! I was pretty grumpy by now. I hate being last, I hate feeling my heart rate in the 160s for miles and miles..I hate being cold..on and on..By now we had a tailwind going back. I kept up with the 22 MPH for about 20 min., then off I went, in the back on my own. There was one other fellow that was right in front of me..we stopped briefly as he thought he had a flat..but didn't. Finally we caught up as the group waited for me..again.. Now I was just plain discouraged. I think I have lost all my base cycling in 8 short weeks even though we have been running, weights and spin class. Well at least I have lost it.. H wasn't much help as he talked about how much "fun" he had and how he can keep up with the fast people now..blah..blah..blah...I really want to be happy for him! It was very very discouraging for me...yesterday. What was suppose to be an "easy coffee" ride ended up being a torture fest for me. Time to rethink my training plans I guess..

Then we get home to our ever so clean home and tiles, I am at last on the couch relaxing. I hear H yell for me. I thought for sure the dog had finally kicked the bucket so came running frantically down the stairs but no, it was only a minor earthquake in the tile flooring:

(I actually do not think this picture does it justice how very cool it looks right in the entryway between the kitchen and living room! )

He heard the tile crack loudly and it lifted just like this off the floor. One hour before our guests from out of town were to arrive for the rest of the weekend..

Now this has happened before. It is a long story but basically, whoever laid the tile 10 years ago when the house was new, did a crappy job and the tiles have lifted, cracked in places ever since. Long story short, we have used the last of the extra tiles and of course they do not make this style anymore so we are left to limp these along until the big remodel, which will be sometime in the next few years..after Mocha goes to doggy heaven..

As I am sifting through our old receipts for the guy that fixed the last "earthquake of tiles" I finally find it in my files upstairs. It is now about 45 minutes before we are to go to the airport to pick up nephew, his wife and great niece.. H says just throw down the receipt and he will call the I throw and believe it or not I threw it right into the hanging light in the foyer:

This lamp is about 10 feet off the ground and 10 feet from the top stairs. I could not do this again if someone -paid me a million dollars. It was a fluke if I ever saw one! H & I burst out laughing, it was so ridiculous..Somehow we were able to read the number anyway, call the tile guy, who is of course retired but will some out of Monday to fix the tiles just for us.. Here is H retrieving the receipt..

Let me just say, it was not easy without a 10 ft ladder!

We sped off to get our company, who's plane was 20 minutes early, of course..They laughed with us as we explained our "construction zone" as H called it. It is great having them here..I am just glad yesterday is over.

We are going to try and sneak in our 2 hour run today somehow in between entertaining..maybe it will go better..

BTW-my good friend MG is on "Househunters" tonite on HGTV at 7:00 PM MST. If you get a chance, tune in. It was an experience taping it..seems reality TV is not as "real" and more scripted than you would think..I can now say I "know someone" who was on reality touching greatness..


Iron Outlaw said...

I busted out laughing when I heard about your Million to One shot into the light fixture! If you really want to remodel the house right....go and play in the NBA for a couple of years and then your casa can be on MTVs "Cribs". Hey, we might as well both be celebrities!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Great shot into the light fixture. Did you play basketball when you were in high school?!?! LOL

It's weird how your tiles lifted like that...

RBR said...

Sorry about the crappy ride. I certainly know all about that! Of course you did do TWO Ironmans this year. You are allowed to have an off day.

Hilarious receipt story!

skoshi said...

I would have been grumpy, too!

T and I didn't join you guys, even though we strongly considered it. We did our ride a little later in the day when it was warmer--but the wind was still a stinker and I got sure feels good when you're done, doesn't it?

Just think--warmer days are ahead!

WADDLER26.2 said...

That's one hell of a shot!!

Your biking will come back. You hung in there on a tough day! Great job.

Calyx Meredith said...

I'm still stuck on how brave you were to THINK about biking in freezing temps! Sorry it was so crappy but I doubt that you really have lost your base. I bet your next ride will be way better than you expect. Have fun with your company in town!

Formulaic said...

Sorry about the crappy ride. Nothing sucks more than an off day, especially when your riding with a group.

Great story about the receipt. Made me laugh!

IronSnoopy said...

Sometimes you just have a bad ride. I'm sure you haven't lost it all in 8 weeks. :) Nice job on getting out there. Most of the time I'm so last that I can't even see the others! Moose doubles back to get me.

Oh, quick question - do dog nails scratch tile? We have hardwood now and it's a complete disaster. Looking for something more dog-friendly.