Thursday, July 29, 2004  

Taking a Cue from Rachael

Remember how Rachael's body suddenly decided it was time to run? And that she actually listened to it? Well, I think my body's been getting ideas. On Wednesday nights, I always ride my bike the 7-8 miles from my house to knit happens... and reward my dilligent exercise with a quick change of clothes, some deoderant, and a few hours of blissful knitting before getting picked up by the boyfriend for something yummy for dinner. All-in-all, a GREAT evening. Well, yesterday, I left work REALLY early (like 11), and went home... I did some cleaning, and took a bath, and generally was set up for a lazy day trying to get Cricket to forgive me. Just as I was about to plop on the couch for some good old-fashioned tv, I got the urge to bike ride. REALLY ride. So, at 2 pm, I thought to myself, "well, I'll get to Alexandria in about 40 minutes" (lance i ain't!), "and then maybe I'll ride for another 30 mins or so past that, and then turn around and come back to the yarn store."

Apparently, my body was not interested in that plan.

I got to Alexandria in about 35 minutes. I got well past Alexandria in another 15 minutes. I concientiously stopped several times to give my body a chance to say "STOP NOW! TURN AROUND!"... but all it could say was "let's ride to Mt. Vernon!" So 19 miles later, I was at Mt. Vernon (well, technically in the parking lot), with another 11 miles to go back to the yarn store. And I made it, and it felt great. And I'm only a little bit sore today! But seriously, 30 miles... in about 2 hours. Wow. No, I won't be signing up for the Tour, but I am much inspired. I'm just thankful my knees don't like running, or else I'd be crazy enough to, say, sign up for a marathon! ;)

In knitting progress, I'm plugging away on the stockinette section of my Strawberry Lace tank. I'm a little concerned it might be too big... so I'll probably slip what I've got onto waste yarn this morning and give it a try. {sigh}... I hope it works- I'd really hate to knit that lace section again!


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