Have you ever been doing something so completely dumb and you know it is dumb while you are doing it, but there you are and all you can think of is “how do I get out of this situation as quickly as possibly without doing further injury to myself?”
Now that I read what I just typed, I actually thought of a running related dumb thing I did that brought on my calf injuries of a few months ago. But, what I was really writing about today is a bike ride that I went on earlier this week.
You know it’s not a good sign when you wake up at 2am hearing the gusting wind outside. At that point I figured the likelihood of my bike ride was slim, but usually the Albuquerque winds die down by morning, so I was hopeful. When I woke up at my regular time to get ready for my workout, I still heard the strong wind and figured I would throw in the towel on the bike ride, but then my husband said let’s get up and go anyway. Still hopeful that the wind had to stop at some point, we took off for our ride. I told Rick to go ahead since he was testing out his new super fast wheels for the Ironman this weekend, so I was on my own.
About a mile into the ride I realized it was not the smartest idea to be out riding this morning, but maybe once I got up to the road we usually ride the wind wouldn’t be as bad. Well, that didn’t happen, in fact the wind was even worse. I figured I would try to go at least 5 miles then turn around, because is it really worth it to get out of bed for anything less than a 10 mile ride? The next few miles were all about just trying to stay on the bike. Gusts of wind would come and blow me 2 feet to the side. I almost went into the traffic lane from the shoulder of the road from one of the gusts. I gripped the handlebars even tighter and tried to give myself some positive head talk that I wasn’t going to fall and I could get through this. I was honestly getting scared at this point. I realized that here I was caught in a really stupid situation, so I decided to turn around and head for home, forget about the 10 miles!
Why in the world did I think it was a good idea to go for a bike ride with gale force winds? One final gust came and knocked me close to the guard rail. I did everything to just will myself to keep going and get through those last few miles, although I did considered getting off my bike and walking the rest of the way, but that was not that appealing to do on a busy road. Then I thought about calling a friend to pick me up, but I talked myself out of it because I didn’t want her to think how dumb I was for going out on a bike ride in this crazy wind.
Lesson learned – when you are woken up by gale force winds overnight, it’s probably a safe bet to not go out on a bike ride that day.
Wishing my hubby and his friends tons of luck (not that they need it) on their first Ironman this weekend in Coeur d’Alene! I’ll be there cheering them on as well as Abby. And hopefully I get to meet Emma who will be cheering her husband on too!
Ever gotten yourself into a dumb situation that you have regretted while you are in it?