The Ins and Outs of an Ordinary Life

Monday, July 28, 2008

A Little Bit of Everything

This past weekend was the perfect blend of activities. On Friday afternoon, I made a trip to the Bronx Botanical Gardens to see and photograph the Moore sculpture exhibit. Moore's sculptures are quite large and the beautiful gardens are the perfect backdrop. The only problem was that I really didn't like his sculptures. I liked seeing them in this setting--it provided a great excuse to wander through the Botanical Gardens.

On Saturday and Sunday mornings I went out for easy club rides to get my legs turning and my butt used to sitting on a bike saddle. I haven't done any real bike riding in about a month and it felt good to be out there covering some miles and feeling my heart pound on the climbs. This was good stuff!

On Saturday night we went to a 50th birthday party for a dear friend. She hasn't had an easy time in the past year, but she seemed happy to be surrounded by her friends and family. The invite said no gifts, so I didn't buy her anything. Instead I printed out 2 nice photographs I had taken on occasions when we were together-- one was from when we went to see the Chihuly exhibit at the Bronx Botanical Gardens, as a matter of fact. And the other was an autumn hike overlooking the Hudson River. Then I burned a collection of 50 songs covering 5 decades-- from Peggy Lee to Coldplay. I'm sure she will appreciate these gifts more than a gift certificate to Sports Authority or something similar.

And Sunday night featured a trip to Giants Stadium for a Bruce Springsteen concert. Every time I see the man perform, I am more impressed with his musical genius. It was 3 hours of kick ass rock n roll. DH went back for more. He has a serious Boss addiction.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Public Display of Slowness

Yesterday evening was the bike club's first Time Trials, to coincide with the Tour de France. Nineteen riders showed up at the park. Although it was made perfectly clear that the event was open to ALL riders from A down to D, most of the participants were A and B riders (that's really fast and fast). First, each racer (and I use that term loosely) was timed on 1 lap (the course is a 1.8 mile loop). Based on those times, we were divided into 6 teams of 3 riders. Then we each rode 3 laps and team scores were derived simply by adding the times of the 3 team members. Each rider started individually, and the original plan was to start racers from fastest to slowest. As the slowest rider, that would have meant that I not only would start last, but everyone else would be done and watching me drag my slow self around for 3 laps! So in an uncharacteristic episode of whining, I whined my way from starting last to starting first (it helped that my DH was one of the officials).

I was the slowest rider. And not by a little. But, my team of 3 included Hagen, the fastest rider! There was hope for a team trophy! But alas, even Hagen (with wheels that seemed to fly) could not compensate for my slowness (my wheels seemed to be riding through quicksand!). My slowness brought my team the glory of finishing last.

The yellow jersey goes to Hagen. I have decided that I, too, deserve a jersey, for displaying my ultimate slowness in a public forum. And since there is no official jersey to recognize the slowest rider in the Tour de France, it seems to me that I can design this jersey from scratch, with whatever colors or icons I would like. I'm still working on it. Originally I was thinking pink or purple, but I don't want people to think that only women can earn the jersey. Maybe blue, the color of the sky, for when I dream about speed. Add some squares, for when it seems that my wheels couldn't possibly be round.