I dropped off my bike last Tuesday for a tune-up. Saturday, I picked it up on the way home from the beach clean up day. Not 10 miles after I left the bike shop, the clouds opened up and it rained all the way home (I’m glad I put the bike in the station wagon this time), all night and till almost noon today!
I was itchin to try out the bike! But I just couldn’t drag it out into the grime! The entire drive train looks pristine! They soaked it in solvent and got months of road grime and gunk off it, and it looks like it did when I bought it!
Finally, last night, I decided I couldn’t take it anymore, and I did a shed ride. DAMN! That thing is smooth! I usually maintain a 15 mph average by this time of year. This time though, not seeming to pedal as hard, I was cranking between 16 and 17! I was feeling no pain, and loving the ride! I can’t wait for the ride home today! I checked the weather, and it says 60 and sunny! The bike rack is on the car and I will be biking home from work today, Tuesday and round-tripping it on Wednesday! Time to get my ass back on track!
I started thinking though. (and for the record I blame the blog, I used to be such a shallow person, never seeing deeper meanings, oblivious to the world…. then this happens… but oh well) I started thinking, getting s tune up is such a little thing, but its amazing how much it helps. If we did things like that for ourselves more often…
Earlier this month, for our anniversary, Michelle and I took each other to the Willows Lodge for a night away. Room service for dinner and breakfast, king sized bed, giant soaking tub, good wine. Did we need to? No. But its been a bit of a stressful time lately and dammit we deserved it! Felt good and we ignored the world for a few hours 🙂
It doesn’t have to be something so major either. When the kid and I made it to the beach, it was a long drive, we discussed grades and what could happen if he doesn’t get on track and pass tests the first time. College is something you earn by proving you can do it, not a right. Yep it was a bit stressful and quiet for a few miles. So, when we got there, I figured he deserved a break as well as I did.
I left him in the room with the Kindle fire to surf and play, while I walked along the beach and listened to the surf, smelled the salt air, and let the wind blow the stink off me! When I got back, both of us were in better moods. And that lead to late night pizza! We ended up having a great time!
I guess all I am saying is look for those little things you can do to make life smoother. I tag along when my wife visits her mom for a couple of reasons, One cuz I like mom, she is fun to talk to. But the other is because I can deflect her brother (Whom we like to call Mr Grumpypants (Which is MUCH nicer than some other things we’ve called him.)) He and I read the same books, so I can keep him occupied, which keeps him from being cranky which makes weekend visits MUCH smoother for Michelle 🙂
Today I made the kid play Backgammon with me. He was frustrated because he is still grounded because of grades. And when frustrated he gets annoying! Then I get pissy, which causes stress…. Instead, we played a game, killed a couple of rainy hours, and actually had fun. All three of us were in better moods.
So, because I took the time and gave up a few days riding to get a tune up, my rides are going to be MUCH better. What can you do to make your rides, runs, work, or just life in general go smoother? How can you spoil yourself or your significant other, of both of you? How can you make the kid have more fun and get outside? It’s not hard, just look for the simple stuff and move from there!
I’ll let yall know how the ride goes!