I had everything planned out for the week. To a literal T. But you know the old saying: If you wanna make god laugh, make a plan.
That’s all the god-talk you’re getting from me.
I had my two-part “Having it all” post for mid week and weekend, sandwiching a
fatness fitness post, and that was my writing week.
But then I won tickets to a pre-concert private show from a local radio station and now that’s all I wanna write about!
But I’ve gotta stick to the plan, right?
So, it’s the fitness post, then. Chalk it up to underwhelming demand.
Plus, it’s quick and I’m tired.
I don’t write about my Peloton often. It’s such a cult-y thing, so I try to be low key. Although, since I dropped 30 lbs in the first two months and then likely gained it all back over the holidays, maybe I’m pissing away a potential Peloton payoff by not being more vocal. Surely their brand can’t stand the scandal of my Delta Burke-esque results.
But I digress.
Yesterday was my one year anniversary with my bike. I was kind of jazzed about that and kind of blues about it, too.
I know in the dark attic spaces of my mind lives the remnants of my insipid narcissistic younger self. He still thinks with a twink metabolism – you know the kind, the type of metabolism that burns more calories thinking about exercise than I do in a 30 minute spin class. That guy figured length of bike ownership would produce results. Like, simply by passing the one year anniversary, I’d magically transform my flab-ulous center into fabulous abs.
Well, lemme tell ya, the only things of steel on me are my jaw muscles. And it ain’t just from flapping them. It’s also due to all the masticating I do, too.
On the other hand, there’s the guy who currently lives in the biggest rooms in my head. He’s the guy that decided I deserved ice cream tonight.
So, yeah…he’s a coin toss between self-care and self-sabotage, that guy.
He’s the one that enabled my weight gain over the holidays when I was recovering from a bruised tailbone. And compounded that with an overly-permissive attitude about getting back on the bike once I healed up.
He was finally vanquished in late February by a coalition of all of the other Chrises I keep locked away upstairs. Led, of course by Twink Chris.
Getting a largely work from home temp assignment didn’t hurt those efforts, either. I found I could wake up early and workout, shower and be “in the office” by 8 or wake up at 745, grab an energy drink, brush my teeth, be at my desk at 8, then workout and shower during my hour lunch break.
Which do you think I do more?
Regardless of my shiny-skinned, baseball cap wearing mornings, I was relieved because I’d been bracing myself for the defeat of not making it back on the bike by my one year anniversary. Let’s face it, that was a real possibility, given how seriously I take my health and fitness.
I mean…what kind of asshole buys exercise equipment on April Fools Day?!?
That’s the bullshit attitude I’m talking about.
Fortunately, that didn’t come to pass.
As much a fact, I made progress that once again even impressed my favorite person. By mid-month, I realized I was on pace to hit my 200th ride by my anniversary. It’s easier than it sounds, racking up ride numbers – think cool down rides after each ride and you’re looking at an easy two-fer scenario.
Heck, I realized I was also in striking distance of hitting my centurion strength workout and my 25th yoga class.
Clearly, none of those accomplishments mattered in the company of my stretching results. And I’ll be goddamned if I’m gonna look at a sore thumb result like that and not choose to give myself a stroke versus a pat on the back for everything else I achieved over the course of the year.
That’s a healthy attitude.
So in the last 8 days before my anniversary, I finally started taking the advice of the trainers and replaying my 5-minute post-ride stretching classes. Since I know that’s kind of cheating, I punished myself by making myself do at least a 10-minute morning stretch class on the days I didn’t ride – which was, yeah…also kind of a cheat.
But in this case, those particular two wrongs did make a right.
Here’s what I’ll say about my drive to sync up these milestones with my first anniversary of ownership: It was kind of a “Go big or go out like Mr. Big” mindset, and if you know what I’m talking about, you know that was a perfectly Xtopher thought to have.
Talk about your Red Shirt Diary topics!
Ok, that’s all I’m saying about the cult. But here’s a couple pics of the instructors that keep me
cumming coming back to the bike.
I ride because I secretly would love a sexy man to make that face in my presence…even if I couldn’t see it.
And since you just had to endure that mental imagery, here’s a pic from one of the ABBA themed rides, just for a fun mental palate cleanser…
That’s my towel on my handlebars and a collar so big and 70s fabulous on her top that it looks like a towel draped around her neck. And now I’ll wrap up with some sweaty old Xtopher pics so you can experience a fraction of the emotional pain that I inflict upon myself…
All in pursuit of keeping my <ahem> pointer visible in my own line of sight and this pointer consistently on the right side of 200…