Monday, June 1, 2009

Weekend Workouts and a Few Things That Piss Me Off

This weekend was best workout weekend I have had in months. Friday morning was slow and painful run in 100% humidity. Running buddy and I were both feeling the effects of lacking of working out and then it being 70 degrees and 100% humidity. As hard as it was to get out of the bed, the outcome of the workout was needed.

Saturday morning I was up for a bike ride with another group of friends at Hains Point. Other than a few short spins on the trainer I haven’t been on my bike in months. I needed to get out , sweat, and get my legs moving again. We met up at the gentlemanly hour of 9:30 and I planned on riding for 90 minutes to get a decent gage of where I was on my cycling, but not over do it. After getting a slightly later start than exp

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acted I did about 20 miles in 80 minutes. I was not expecting to hit any land speed record, just to get my ass use to the saddle and my legs use to pumping. The only real issue I had with the ride were the morons cruising the route or the people trying to park along the road in order to play their softball games. However, more on that later. Sunday was another relatively short run. Running Buddy and I headed out for a 4.5 mile run since we had both biked the day prior and are not ready for a long run after biking. It was a beautiful morning and it really made me feel good.

During the ride I was very frustrated with people can’t drive. Hains Point is a semi-closed recreation area in DC along the Potomac. The route is not closed to traffic and I don’t think it should be. However, on Saturday mornings there are scores of walkers, runners, and cyclists. phone-carThere are certain people who like to cruise the loop. They are more interested in talking on their cell phones or hollering inappropriate comments at the ladies as they exercise. The other group is completely unable to parallel park and will stop suddenly nearing causing accidents.

After my ride I had to go to Whole Foods and get some meat for a cook out. I hate going Whole Foods. In my opinion freaking-out-at-whole-foodsa lot of self important and mean women go there. I was about hit twice in the parking garage just walking into the store. Once I got in the store it was not much better. On a positive not about Whole Foods, the employees are absolutely wonderful and professional. So as I was dodging mini-vans to get back I started thinking about all the things I really hate in the People Republic of Alexandria. Here is a short list:

  • Hypocrites in Hybrids who throw their cigarette butts out the window
  • A lot of the shoppers in higher end grocery stores who are “have to buy” organic because it is the hip thing to do, but their children are out of control
  • Che bumper stickers
  • People who don’t understand that blinky left means turning left and blinky right means turning right.
  • People with Peace Signs on the bumpers, but honk incessantly and/or yell expletives at cyclists or runners

I could go on and on, but I will stop here. Any thoughts or your pet peeves.


rocketpants said...

Sounds like some good training! i hate it when cars will pull up really close and THEN honk when i'm on my bike. That's just MEAN.

Lesser is More said...

Way to get back into consistent training. You'll start seeing the fitness come back quickly if you keep that up.

How about cyclists, runners, walkers, roller bladers, etc that have their iPods on too loud and are oblivious to everything around them.

Rainmaker said...

I hear ya on the WF self-important women (which, btw are different from the athletic chics there). The WF S.I.W. will drive over you to get thier organic toilet paper with cat-infused lip balm.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

ugh, you have those kinds of drivers there too! I have a low tolerance for ignorant people too... :(

Al's CL Reviews said...

If you ever see an FJ Cruiser near you on a bike, back off. They cannot see you at all (even if they are looking). I realized this yesterday, driving me FJ while thinking about riding my bike in the street. That I wouldn't be able to see me.

I hate cyclist who don't obey street laws (run stop signs, lights, etc.).
You pretty much summed up why I hate WF.

And I hate moms who take their kids to 5K and they all hold hands while walking (like 4 people across), making it impossible to pass.

I guess I could go on...but I won't.

CoachLiz said...

Oh, that made me laugh! I was in WF in Austin this weekend and I ran into those WFSIW. Your comments on the Che shirts is a laugher as well.

What the heck is protruding out of the side of that Mercedes??? A giant cell phone???