Thursday, February 18, 2010

What's Tough For You?

Have you ever done anything that is excruciating hard for you? I’m not talking about things that are tough for everyone but things that are your own personal challenges that could possibly be incredibly easy for someone else. For example, most of the time I don’t mind doing the dishes if of course I get to choose the music that is playing. For others doing the dishes is possibly one of the most mundane excruciatingly hard things to get yourself to do.

There are a lot of items that make my personal list of things that I find tough to do. In college it was any class on economics. I could pass the class but there’s absolutely no fun to be had in an economics class. Changing diapers and doing yard work are other items at the top of my list. Some people find it therapeutic to work out in the yard. Me? Well, not so much.

The other day I found something that could possibly be at the top of my list of hard things to do for the rest of my life. Seriously, it was that bad.

Riding on a bike trainer for an hour while watching Men's Figure Skating!

For the past week I’ve really enjoyed watching the winter Olympics. I love the strange sports that you only see once every 4 years. I also love the intensity that ALL of the competitors have for their sport. On Monday night I rode my trainer while watching a smorgasbord of different sports and they were distracting enough that my hour ride went by fairly quick.

Then on Tuesday night I got everything set up, started riding and turned the TV on to find that Men’s Figure Skating was on. I’ve got to be honest I’m not a fan of the sport AT ALL. I tried to remain positive, thinking that the network would cut away to another sport and eventually bounce between multiple sports like they had every other night. After every skater I would chant in my head “Go to another sport, Go to another sport, Go to another sport” but miraculously this did not work. NBC stayed with Men’s Figure Skating for an entire hour in all of its flamboyant sequined glory.


Looking back on the evening I should have flipped my bike off of the trainer and “accidentally” run into the wall putting myself on the disabled list for the rest of the evening. That would have been a lot easier than riding for the entire hour. Honestly, completing the 100 miles of nowhere ride on my trainer was a lot easier than this ride. Is it possible that time could have stood still during Men’s Figure Skating? I believe it did for at least 4 or 5 hours.

There might be someone out there that would have found this to be an easy thing to do but riding a bike trainer for an hour while watching Men’s Figure Skating has topped my list of tough things.

This single event could possibly be at the top of my tough things to do for the rest of my life.

9 comments:

JoLyn said...

I wish you could have had Dave and Adam provide the men's figure skating commentary for your ride ...it was very entertaining!

Jenny-Jenny said...

Oh yeah, JoLyn. When Mike isn't huffing and puffing on his bike the commentary is ... well... entertaining!

Lizzylou said...

You were longing for the days of yore when men's figure skaters wore tuxedos weren't you?

Jeff said...

You could have been sitting still, eating peas during men's figure skating - that would be tougher.

Buttsy said...

I think the mens figure skating is awesome...They are so fit.......I love it....Any TV on the trainer is better than no TV.....

Aussies just got inot the winter olympics more this week, with our Gold MEdal winner Torah Bright - awesome.........but the figure skating is fantastic.

Ohiorider said...

I couldn't do any trainer rides with a tv,,,gotta have the music going. But an hour long trainer ride watching mens figure skating!? I'm assuming that would be the equivalent of riding while listening to,,,uh,,let's say anything by a Flock of Seagulls or perhaps the Culture Club. UGH!!! Kudos to you for sticking out though. Way to be tough!!!!

Jenny-Jenny said...

True! Eating peas while watching men's figure skating would have been tougher!

Groover said...

The single toughest thing in my life? It's right now. In this very moment! It's to drag myself away from reading my fav blogs and off to work ... :-(

parrabuddy said...

Early 1999 i wanted to keep the derriere in shape for long rides, so each sat morn set the Taxc up in front of the TV at 8.30 and would pedal through the day as i watched Alpine,cross country & Ski flying, in between would flick through a book or two and turn up the music. Every couple of hours pit stop to refill vacuum flasks and feed the wood burning stove. Glad when the winter provided clean roads to ride as fresh air and movement beats static any time regardless of distraction !