I met with the crew this morning at Bean around the world with the intent of going up Cypress, or as far as my lungs would let me go. I made it almost to the top of 15th Street in West Van then decided a flatter ride would be smarter.
Riding alone left me lots of time to think. Luckily I'm generally entertained by what goes on in my own head so I wasn't bored. I have my Walter Mitty moments - envisioning how I save the universe through judicious application of my towering intellect, spectacular super-powers and awe-inspiring mastery of kung fu - but generally I just let my mind wander.
Some random thoughts that occurred to me on my ride, brick run and farmers' market shopping (a brick shop?):
- What's the point of meeting at a coffee shop if you're there before it opens? And what self-respecting coffee shop opens after 7?
- Stressing about things you can't change is a waste of time. Better to figure out how to deal with them and move on.
- Thinking that those people/that person wouldn't be passing you if your lungs weren't acting up is also a waste of time. And really, who cares?
- I've lost that cynical feeling I had at the begining of the week. The glass is half full again.
- Could we have some sort of rule where the folks who train in crappy weather get right of way on sunny days when all the fairweather folk deem it nice enough outside for them to block the roads??
- I need to but a new bike computer (ride time = 3:?? hours, current speed = ???)
- I'm happy to run 5 minutes at pace but I have no idea what my pace currently is.
- I am thrilled at the success of the Trout Lake farmers' market. I just wish there were less people there! (Can we apply the weather rule again?)
- Shopping while hungry is a bad idea (lots of sweet stuff came home with me).
- At farmers' markets I try to suss out who the regulars are, stand behind them in line, then figure out what I'm in line for. The people behind me in the bakery line got all stressed that the "Market Bread" was going quickly so I bought some. I didn't buy it to be a jerk (there was lots left, btw) but because I had to see if it was worth lining up for. It was indeed, I'll be back!
- I will have to remember to use the simile "Stinkier than a garbage can at a dog park on a hot day." I guess it's good to know the Trout Lake dog beach users clean up after their canines.
- Eating a huge lunch, reading my book and drinking coffee #2 (#1 is pre-ride) is an awesome way to spend the afternoon.