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So I got the bike out of the garage today and pumped up the tires.  I hadn't ridden it for awhile - Wyoming winters (and the cold, unusually wet spring we've had) make cycling a bit difficult.

But after this week's pie fights, I needed something to change my perspective.

So come with me over the Orange Squiggle of Doom on my bike.

I haven't been taking good care of myself lately.  I haven't been eating right, haven't been exercising, and I'm pretty massively out of shape. And I know that when I'm not taking care of myself and not in decent shape, I have less energy to do the things that need to be done. You know, put food on the table, do fun stuff with the boy, defeat Republicans.

Every time I went into the garage, there it was.  Dusty, neglected, a cobweb or two.  Glaring reproachfully at me - "you need to ride me, dammit!"

I couldn't ignore it any more.

We finally have nice weather, after a rainy, chilly spring that has left the mountains overloaded with snow and the rivers overflowing.  Gonna make riding on the partially-flooded river walk interesting.  But I couldn't ignore the bike any more.

Plus this week's pie fights have left me, um, a bit disillusioned.

So out to the garage I went.  Got the bike out.  Got a damp cloth and wiped it down.  Got the pump.  Pumped up the tires.  Checked the pressure.  Pumped up some more.

Then I went for a short ride around the neighborhood.

Just a short ride.  About 10 minutes was all.

During those 10 minutes, I discovered:

1) Man, am I ever out of shape.  :::gasppantwheeze:::

2) My knees suck.  But I already knew that.

3) It feels damn good to be out pedaling around, 1 and 2 notwithstanding.

4) Oh yeah, I can save on gas by riding this thing!

5) I keep riding, 1 and 2 will take care of themselves.

6) Pie fights?  What pie fights?

I'll keep you posted throughout the summer on my cycling.  And on how my physical and mental shape improve.

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