Monday, August 02, 2010

weekend adventures

Weekend? What weekend? As usual, my weekend went by way too fast and, as usual, I don't really now what I did or accomplished. Sigh. I guess that's what adding a puppy to your family will do.

Things that I know I accomplished: Friday evening after work, Nathan organized a mountain bike ride on the Raider trails. About six people showed up and we rode for an hour, until it got dark. I hadn't ridden my mountain bike in months, which was made painfully clear by the fact that I literally had to clean spiderwebs off the spokes before we left the house. Despite my rusty skills, I did all right. No falls, I only hit one tree (I was going very slowly) and by the end of the ride I'd worked up the courage to go down a few steep hills and even do a jump. It was a little jump - more of a hump, really - but hey. It counts.

I'm not sure which I prefer - road riding or trail riding. On the road, I like the open-wide feeling I get when there's nothing around me but a highway, the road and the sky. On the trails, I don't have to worry about angry drivers threatening my life, but I do have to worry about flipping over my handlebars and breaking my neck. So really, it's a draw.

I kicked my day off Saturday by walking the dogs and then going to yoga. The dog walk was a little frustrating - Calvin likes to grab Seamus' leash while we walk and play tug, which annoys Seamus and causes me to trip. Somehow, all three of us survived the walk and then my frustration melted away in yoga. I hadn't been to class in about two weeks, and whenever I come back after a break I think, "Oh, this is hard," and then, "Oh, this feels amazing!" Yoga, man. It's awesome.

In the afternoon, Nathan and I took the dogs over to the MRTs. I hoped that my puppy would help my very pregnant friend forget some of her gestational woes. I don't know how effective Calvin was, but we did have a nice visit and it was a good chance to catch up.

Saturday night was kind of weird. We watched a movie (The Book of Eli, which I thought was kind of boring and actually dozed through) which ended at about 9:30. Instead of retiring to bed to read and fall asleep early, just like every other pair of elderly people in their late 20's (lie to me, it's okay) we ended up going to a friends' house to play Rockband. Yes, I went out after 9PM. And even more incredible? I stayed out until 2AM! As you've probably guessed, I'm not a night owl and by midnight I was starting to feel cranky. I had another beer and tried to stay peppy, but it was a hard fight. Even though Rockband is awesome and the company was great, I am just not made for late nights.

Which brings us to Sunday! Instead of going for a long bike ride, as planned, we skipped our training (again! I'm going to die during the century for sure!) and took the dogs to the lake. Listen, today the high was 105F before the heat index, and 60 miles on a bike just didn't seem like the most fun I could possibly have. Plus we have a new puppy, a darling puppy that does not yet know how to swim. Obviously, we had to take care of this immediately.

(I made a great video of Calvin jumping into the water after Seamus and then realizing what he's done and freaking out. Unfortunately, my camera is frozen and won't load my photos or turn off. Hopefully I can fix this soon, as a blog post is not a blog post without some faux-artsy photos!)

How as your weekend? Did you skip a workout, learn a new trick, or stay up especially late? Whatever you did, I hope it was perfect.