The "Excuses" Thread

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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Dropbear20 » Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:30 am

Max wrote:It's pissing down. My missus has told me I'd be crazy to ride. Who am I to argue? :lol:


It was raining heavy this morning and I didn't have to be told...SWMBO was stalking the lounge room waiting for the opportunity to tell me what I fool I would be if rode in the rain. So I went back to bed.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Xplora » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:32 pm

Bike got serviced last week, didn't want to undo that by riding through the downpour. I have decided that if I'll soak through within 5 minutes, it's raining too hard. The concern is definitely more protecting the bike than me though.
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The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Naels » Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:24 am

I haven't been riding to work this week due to the 40+ heat we've been having... And my Dad told me I shouldn't do it either! That was all the encouragement for sleep-ins I needed!
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:55 pm

Perth:

Nine days, nine numbers...

Tuesday 38.2, Wednesday 40.6, Thursday 41, Friday 40, Saturday 42, Sunday 40, Monday 38, Tuesday 38, Wednesday 38

And so far the actual maximums have been exceeding the forecast.

Excuse enough?
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The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Max » Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:21 pm

:shock:

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The "Excuses" Thread

Postby twizzle » Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:36 pm

ColinOldnCranky wrote:Perth:

Nine days, nine numbers...

Tuesday 38.2, Wednesday 40.6, Thursday 41, Friday 40, Saturday 42, Sunday 40, Monday 38, Tuesday 38, Wednesday 38

And so far the actual maximums have been exceeding the forecast.

Excuse enough?

Nope - I've raced a crit at 37C.






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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Mulger bill » Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:54 am

Dinner wasn't ready in time :(
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby dynamictiger » Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:22 am

Friday 40


Swmbo put her foot down. Told me I coldn't ride my bike to work after spin class on Friday as it was going to be too hot and I might get cramp and I have been to spin class. So had pretty good excuses anyway.

Took a spoonful of cement and rode anyway. Friday wasn't that bad. Did get a few cramps that night from not being able to get enough water in. Oh well.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Dropbear20 » Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:28 am

Today is the first day back at school for Junior Dropbear. We had to bring all his text and exercise books into school and meet this year's teacher.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby CommuRider » Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:46 am

First day back to school for Jr too. I have been trying to encourage him to ride his bike to school but he's worried somebody will steal it at the bike racks...and his nice Disney character helmet. I am thinking of getting a lock for him but it might be too fiddly for a primary school kid. Any suggestions on a good lock that is child-friendly? Should I get a combo lock? or just HTFU? I have told him if somebody steals his bike I will get him a new one, an upgrade from his old one...but he likes his bike.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby DaveOZ » Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:54 am

Sad that he has to feel this way. Just get him a cheap wire combo lock and set the code to something easy. This will give him piece of mind.

I remember one day I walked home from school and forgot I had ridden that morning. I only noticed when I got home and my bike was not in the garage. :oops: Back to school and it was still there.

I have loads of excuses not to ride today.

I'm still a bit sore after a fall last week.
I'm sunburnt.
I was raining.
It's getting darker in the morns.
My bike was too clean to get dirty.

BUT I still rode and enjoyed it. :mrgreen:
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby CommuRider » Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:07 am

Some of the kids in the area are brats. I think we'll go to the LBS for another shopping trip and try and try their locks. I was thinking of getting his bike a new saddle but the scuffier it looks the more of a deterrent it will be to thieves.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Lizzy » Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:35 pm

Got a bee sting on the ball of my foot on Saturday (happened at the beach, while carrying my thongs in my hand like a super-genius!) ... still a bit too swollen and hurty to ride. Waah!
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby bosvit » Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:09 pm

I'm working away in Adelaide and have run out of tyres!

Worn one through and blew out the spare :roll:

Anyway I am working 14hr days so I can get home asap.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby jasonc » Wed Feb 01, 2012 7:20 am

at home with my sick daughter.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby KonaCommuter » Sun Feb 05, 2012 11:38 am

bosvit wrote:
KonaCommuter wrote:My excuse is that Ive already done 5 commute this week and that I had to start earlier today than usual but didn't get up any earlier. Feel a bit slack to be honest. Especially after my bad(ish) results yesterday at the company health fair (poor resting heart rate, bmi in the obese category and 112 cm waist)

If you keep commuting 5 times a week you won't have to worry about the company health fair next year. You will be a star performer :D




I know that this isn’t an Excuse for not commuting however I took my RHR this morning and i’ve moved from having a poor resting hear rate to good bordering on excellent :D BMI is dropping as well albeit slowly and lost about 5cm off my waist :D < the grin isn’t big enough
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby alkhoo » Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:19 am

Monday: 0km. Took the car. Brought a bunch of clean clothes for riding on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Found out at the office that I had to visit a client.
Tuesday: 0km - Continued working at client's place.
Wednesday: 0km - More work at client's place, plus I had to go check up on the house that's at lock-up stage - almost complete - and meet with concreter.
Thursday: 0km - Worked from the office but another planned meet-up at the house with the site supervisor. Meeting didn't eventuate as we couldn't get into the house - concreter doing the driveway.
Friday: 0km - Re-scheduled meeting with the site supervisor this arvo.

Yes, not happy Jan! Hoping the 100km ride planned for Sunday will make up for it.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby KonaCommuter » Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:10 pm

No riding Thursday, Friday and probably Saturday.


My excuse Thursday - knackered. Friday feeling heaps better but wanting to rest up more. Saturday, well, it’s going to be a physically tough day and a long one as well. The OT is good but it’s getting old :(
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby KonaCommuter » Mon Feb 13, 2012 7:32 pm

Totally knackered today and my legs were spent after my “big” ride yesterday.

Really, my legs are so very tired, and I’m feeling run down. I think that I really need to examine my diet.


But maybe I’m just making excuses :cry:
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Max » Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:21 pm

KonaCommuter wrote:But maybe I’m just making excuses :cry:


That's what this thread is for!! :D :D :D :D

Take a breather. It will make you feel better and you'll enjoy the riding more when you get back into it.

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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby CommuRider » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:11 am

Hope everyone had a good VDay yesterday. Have joined the SES so brought the car in for after. Still, the weather didn't look too bad today as I can see patches of blue and I really wish I was on my bike after waiting for 15 mins on the stretch of Parra Rd between Haberfield and Taverners Hill.
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby ave a go » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:25 am

Train in this morning as the missus is picking me up this arvo to go with her to the OB. Every 2 weeks now, wont be long and number 2 will be with us :D

Again, took the opportunity to bring a week + worth of work gear in with me all at once.

Back into it tomorrow and Friday though - no excuses!!!!!! :mrgreen:
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Lizzy » Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:40 am

A facet joint in my neck that I crunckled a few years ago has decided to dredge up past unhappiness overnight :x Not feeling game to push my luck ...
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Re: The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Mulger bill » Wed Feb 22, 2012 4:17 pm

Lizzy wrote:A facet joint in my neck that I crunckled a few years ago has decided to dredge up past unhappiness overnight :x Not feeling game to push my luck ...

Don't blame you Lizzie, been there. Heal quick.

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The "Excuses" Thread

Postby Max » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:38 pm

Lizzy wrote:A facet joint in my neck that I crunckled a few years ago has decided to dredge up past unhappiness overnight :x Not feeling game to push my luck ...

:( I hope you feel better soon!

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