It started with getting out of bed. Truthfully, there’s very little to rejoice about when the alarm goes off at 5:00 a.m., other than the opportunity to ride before work. Knowing that my wife didn’t need to get up for another 30 minutes, I jumped out of bed to kill the alarm (I keep it across the room so I HAVE TO get up to turn it off). I shut off the alarm and realized that I hadn’t put on the orthotic sandals I’ve been wearing around the house for the last 5 days to help with my Plantar Fasciitis recovery. It dawned on me that I got out of bed and walked across the room, and it didn’t hurt. If you’ve every had PF, you know that the first few steps in the morning can really be painful. Not this morning. Awesome. I’m going to give it at least a few more days before I try any running at all, but the prospects are looking good.
After a cup of coffee, I headed out on the bike. When I rode a couple of days ago, it was already 75 degrees and 90% humidity (not an exaggeration) at 5:30. Not this morning. Temp in the mid 60s, with almost no humidity. I could probably have used a long sleeved jersey, but stuck it out. It was cool enough that my eyes were watering by the time I got to the bottom of the hill, but it really felt great. Once I warmed up after a few miles, the temp was really pleasant. With the sun just coming over the horizon, no traffic on the roads, and wonderful weather, it was shaping up to be a great ride through Pinnacle Mountain State Park.
And it was a beautiful ride. Until IT happened. As I entered the park, I saw the first of many deer. The two does were standing calmly be the road, munching on some grass. And without warning, a thought popped into my head. “Look, it’s a deer. A doe.” Do you see it coming? For the rest of the otherwise wonderful ride, I couldn’t get the song out of my head.
A doe, a deer, a female deer,
Ray, a drop of golden sun…
I raised four kids, and we went through the phase as a family where “The Sound of Music” was the movie. We watched it on trips, we watched it on Thanksgiving, we watched it when there was nothing else to watch, one of the kids learned one of the songs for a piano recital… it was everywhere. And that song. It just sticks in your head. Like this morning. It just wouldn’t go away. And to make matters worse, every time I got the the point that I could distract myself from it, I’d see another… well, you know. I don’t want to say it, because then the song will come back…
A doe, a deer… STOP IT!
So, other than “the song”, my ride was great. And my injury seems to be healing. And I’ve had a couple of good swim workouts this week. So, overall it looks like a potentially great day. Weather should be mild and sunny all day.
Ray, a drop of golden sun…