"Why is my crotch so big!? Its too big for this frickin seat!"
Let's analyze this, shall we? Okay. No. Let's not. It was a totally dumb, totally blatant, totally verbal diarrhea thing to say.... Came out wrong. TOTALLY wrong.
I thought my husband was going to die laughing! He almost fell OFF of our COUCH! I was talking about my oversized chamois padding on my bike shorts shifting around and being a general pain in the ass, but husband just thought that my blatant honesty (and lack of immediate explanation) was about the most hilarious thing he'd ever heard! The truth is, I could not get comfortable on my saddle, because my stupid shorts are too big and shift around when I stand and climb, so he heckled me from across the living room every time I went to sit back down on the saddle. Over 45 minutes, I'd hear things like this: "Hey honey... how's your large crotch?"
Jesus H Christ.... Somebody save me...
Yes, I do make generally stupid comments all the time. I can't help it. It's my nature. I'm glad he was having fun, but truly, I wanted to burn those bike shorts when I was done... Dip them in kerosene and torch 'em! I'm lucky I couldn't find a lighter or I'd have had myself a nice little bonfire in the front yard... (I was wearing a pair of bike shorts a size larger than normal, since my regular ones were in the wash. Bad choice. Bad, bad, bad...)
Note to self: Get more pairs of bike shorts THAT FIT.
All that said, you know I was back on the bike trainer yesterday! 45 minutes of pure
Here is what I know for sure today after just three rides:
1. I feel AMAZING!
2. I'm sleeping better already.
3. My arms are already starting to change. (The bike is leaned forward 5 degrees or so, so there's a lot of pressure on your arms.)
4. My legs are starting to feel strong again.
5. My attitude is much more positive.
Moral of the story: Don't take a break from the activities that your body craves and responds to. Cycling "completes my circle". It changes my body, my attitude, and my confidence.
All that said, I'm a wee bit saddle sore today (from those frickin shorts bouncing around!) Also, my knee is feeling really stiff and "pressured" this morning. So.... I'm going to take a night off the bike. And do you know what I'm going to do instead? YOGA! I'm going to stop being a big chicken and take myself to a yoga class... My very intelligent cyclist friend Linda Jellison suggested yoga to me months ago as a way to improve my breathing, focus, and posture during my long rides (especially where hill climbing is concerned, since breathing and "calm" are KEY on those climbs.) I wanted to do it then, BUT ...Totally terrrrrrrrrrr-ified. Girls my size don't do yoga, do they? But then again, girls my size don't ride 100 miles up bluffs either---and I did that... Why am I still not comfortable breaking out of my comfort zone?! I need to get over my fear, don't you think? I need to be more like yoga cat...
What are you afraid of? Anything? Have you tried yoga? What do you think about it?
I'm off to find lighter fluid and matches for those shorts... Have a great day!