Thursday, December 29, 2005

I am not a chicken


I have a hate-hate relationship with my trainer.

I love riding my bike. And if I am ever fit, it is only because I love riding my bike. It is not because I am disciplined or motivated. It is because I love the sheer joy of propelling myself through this world.

I will put my head down and suffer like a beast on the open roads or trails. The wind in my face inspires me (and wipes away the yak coming out of my mouth). The passing world moves me forward when my legs want to stop. The sounds of my tires crunching leaves and grit pulls me up hills.

But sit my ass on a trainer and I am all wuss and no go.

So what in the world was I doing pedaling like a fiend on it last night? I have no idea. But when you are inspired, you don't question it. You just hop on, pedal and breathe.

Still, that finishing song of "tweet, tweet, tweet" was the sweetest sound I heard all night.

17 Comments:

At 10:57 AM, December 29, 2005, Blogger X Bunny said...

pab and i have had a few awesome workouts recently where one or both of us have felt great for no apparent reason--we were remarking on how some days your legs and head and everything are just where they should be and how it's especially nice when it actually meshes with an important race day...

he's been mixing our energy drinks with some samples he won at some races instead of our usual powerbar endurance drink--and we just realized last night that it contains caffeine!...and that the new drink and energetic workouts corresponded!

so much for the zone

 
At 11:19 AM, December 29, 2005, Anonymous teammate said...

I cannot believe you were on a trainer. Are there pictures proofing this?

 
At 11:30 AM, December 29, 2005, Blogger nicknameless said...

I have the elusive photo proof! She can duck and dodge the lense pretty well for being on a stationary trainer.

 
At 8:40 PM, December 29, 2005, Blogger Lilly Bella said...

Okay, where is my buddie? You know the one that used to look at me with a bewildered stare when I would suggest we do trainer workouts together... or better yet reply with "I'd rather poke my eyes out with sticks"

 
At 9:03 PM, December 29, 2005, Blogger ginmtb said...

If you mix in some rollers, that helps with the boredom - you can't just go into numb mind mode or you'll be on the floor (and not in a good way).

 
At 9:09 PM, December 29, 2005, Blogger Velo Bella said...

I know.
What happened?

Probably some of this sweet inspiration and well...you know.

 
At 9:11 PM, December 29, 2005, Blogger Velo Bella said...

rollers? Now thats just crazy talk.

 
At 9:21 PM, December 29, 2005, Blogger X Bunny said...

i am a chicken for those...someday though

 
At 9:23 PM, December 29, 2005, Blogger ginmtb said...

Hell, the majority of my riding is on rollers in the PM... :( should be out there now but I'm feeling lazy. Did hit 45mph on them this past year. Crazy. And I also was able to get a water bottle out of the cage and drink it without crashing. Big accomplishment.

 
At 12:26 AM, December 30, 2005, Blogger Velo Bella said...

mmmmm...caffeine

lets be sure to bring lots for Sunday

 
At 7:06 AM, December 30, 2005, Blogger Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Pete's.

made special-like.
~

 
At 10:24 PM, December 30, 2005, Blogger pink fishnets said...

lilly, i remember when she said the same thing about time trials ... though i think she said she'd rather poke her eyes with pins (perhaps even poke them out?) than race a time trial. and now there's san bruno smack-talk in the air? it's a new-new world. they say love can mess with your mind.

 
At 9:05 AM, December 31, 2005, Blogger Velo Bella said...

There are three things that are usually poke my eyes out with sticks worthy

riding on the trainer
time trials
hillclimbs

go figure...

 
At 10:31 PM, January 02, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

to my evil jazzercise-erific trainer

thank you
for showing me today that I am not such a wuss after all

 
At 10:36 PM, January 02, 2006, Blogger X Bunny said...

you rock

you stud

 
At 1:49 PM, January 03, 2006, Blogger Olaf Vanderhoot said...

HR 191 on first interval?

... i'm just glad you didn't slug me.

ugh ... trainer tonite again.

shyte ~ i hate winter.
m

 
At 7:07 PM, January 03, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

ditto here

but I roped jeni into joining me

Hmm...shouldn't say roped around a rodeo queen i suppose

 

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