I ran today for the first time in a couple of months. Last November I started having some soreness in my right knee. I cut back, but the soreness persisted. So I tried some cross-training. Went out on my bike. But then winter came, so I joined the local gym to continue my rehab. Hours on the bike, some leg extensions and curls, and every now and then, a few minutes on the treadmill. Leading up to today.
It’s a cool 50 degree day. A little bit of sunshine. Perfect for running. I only did two or three miles and my knee was getting a little sore by the time I finished, so I know I’m not finished with rehab. Still, it was good to get out there again.
I hate the gym.
I hate the Precor bike. I’d hate the Peloton bike. Not that they’re not effective. I get a really good workout and I like that I can program different courses to ride.
But even with that, it’s so boring.
I play music on my phone when I’m riding indoors and I need music with energy. I’m a big Foo Fighters fan so that’s what I started out with. And you know how Pandora is. Those darned algorithms. Next thing you know I’m listening to Nirvana, the great grunge band of the 90s. I was never a big fan, but I’ve come to dig their music. I’ve even learned the opening guitar riff to Smells Like Teen Spirit. Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters founder and front-man, was the drummer for Nirvana, so that’s the connection.
Then I’m hearing Weezer. Pandora’s nudged me into the new century. Then Jimmy Eats World. Fun, high-energy music. Then I guess Pandora figured I need a cool down. So it’s The Reason. Nice song. By a band called Hoobastank.
That’s got to be one of the best names for a band.
So I went around the next day asking people if they remembered Hoobastank. I got a lot of laughs, but nobody knew what I was talking about. When I played the song, they usually remembered.
I asked Lexi at Coal River Coffee. She knew right away. A song was playing on their sound system. Who’s this, I asked. The Fray she said without hesitation. I like Lexi. She knows her music.
Go buy some coffee from her. And get out on the road and put in a couple of miles.
If that Nirvana video was a little too much for you, watch this Weird Al parody.
February 17, 2020 at 6:16 pm
Never heard of ‘em. Not surprising considering my age. Still not hip or cool.
February 17, 2020 at 6:31 pm
You need a chair.
February 17, 2020 at 6:38 pm
Having children who graduated in the 2000s means I know Hoobastank, the Fray and such. My youngest had different music tastes so I became familiar with The Decemberists, Neutral Milk Hotel, Frou Frou and others.
That all ended with high school graduation. I’m now back to totally uncool.
My husband has a Peleton. I’ve never tried it.
February 17, 2020 at 6:44 pm
I don’t believe that.
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February 17, 2020 at 6:46 pm
Never been on it at all.
February 17, 2020 at 6:49 pm
I just now saw your Peleton comment. I was saying I don’t believe you’re uncool.