Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I may be slow, but I look good


I am slowly coming back into something that resembles fitness. I've been running, cycling, and lifting weights, and my diet, while not perfect, has at least been cleaned up a little. I feel better and I am starting to need to hike up my jeans every once in a while to keep them from slipping down my hips. Even so, I notice that when I do my "time trails" around the campus on my moderately high-end all-carbon steed--the one that weighs scarcely more than a thought--all dolled up and sparkly in my cycling jersey and shorts, I am regularly passed by young men in jeans and hiking boots, riding clunky mountain bikes. 

They are as the freely-flowing wind blowing by, while I am as the ancient holly shrub, all prickly and rooted in place.

It matters not, for with the years has come wisdom, and what I know that they do not yet is that it is style that counts in the race against time.

Actually, I must have known this even in my youth, since that's a photo my brother dug up from my father's archived slides. We're both dressed up for the annual bike parade in Roswell, New Mexico, some forty-plus years ago. Wish I still had that outfit. It would look extra good on my time trials.

7 comments:

  1. Yo! The cyclist formerly known as Jingles?

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  2. Yes, those crazy college kids would notice you in that outfit. Keep peddling. The Ant

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  3. So that was Roswell--were you aliens? ;~)

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  4. I am lost for words. The kid in the red sweater is totally overshadowed!

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  5. Cindy--Yo back atcha!

    Ant--I might scare some of them.

    Susan--Hahahahaha! Um, no. ;-)

    EzG--My feelings exactly. We didn't win anything for our outfits, but I thought we looked pretty grand.

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  6. How 'bout making an outfit like those and wearing it on campus. LOL!! You would certainly get noticed - maybe some of your more difficult students would lighten up a bit. :D

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  7. And aerodynamic! (you posted this pic, wow)

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