Having to be on a bike trainer is painfully mind-numbing.  I use one on XT days and because I need to build up for that 50-mile bike ride I want to accomplish this summer, you know, to celebrate turning the big 5-0 (nope, still can’t put those two numbers together… don’t want to, don’t have to).  Donna over at Running To Travel just confirmed that cycling makes one a better runner as well.  As I won’t be able to hit the trail on my bike until about July when it stops raining, I have to settle for the trainer right now (and as I said, it… is… mind-numbing):

Going for a bike ride in the great outdoors, however, is quite stimulating:

This, unfortunately, is mind-numbing:

But this is quite stimulating:

And this is positively stimulating:

Kinda stimulating too (and possibly a little cute?):

Mind-numbingly stimulating:

I think you get where I’m coming from.

AND… the song I’ve chosen for this week’s MMM is stimulating.  This post, however, is fantastically mind-numbing.

Anyway… on to the music… I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I heard that the drummer (Rick Allen) from Def Leppard had been in a serious car accident and had lost an arm. Okay, in reality, I don’t really remember what I was doing… it was the ’80s after all, but I do remember being devastated when I heard the news, thinking Def Leppard was done and/or would never be the same again.  But they came back… and with a vengeance I might add, bigger and better than before. I do actually remember seeing the following video and being awestruck, which was after that fateful accident.  Rick had learned how to adapt and improvise and succeed regardless of what life dealt him… and for that, he will forever be someone I admire.

This song has always been and will always be a mainstay on my workout playlists…

Race season is about to begin for me, with Sunday (09 April) being race #1 of 2017.  It’s going to be a fun little party with nothing but 12’s for miles and miles.  It is Seattle’s one and only Seahawks 12K Run At The Landing!  I’ll be running the 5K while James is running the 12K.  Okay, I won’t lie… I’m really hoping that a couple of the Seahawks football players come out to cheer us on.  OMG… that’s when all time goals go out the window…  “Seahawk spotted at aid-station 6K in the 12K… I’m there!!!  Doesn’t matter that I’m 0.1 miles from the finish line of the 5K!!!”

Hope you’re having a fantastical weekend!!  And for those of you racing (including my father-in-law Alan in the UK), I wish you a happy and healthy finish!!

32 thoughts on “Mind-Numbing

  1. 50in50marathonquest

    Awesome song!! Did I mention I saw this tour twice at the start and the end in London and Brian May played with them as a guest on the second one…I probably mentioned that eh?!! Treadmills and Trainers, ugh, a necessary evil but you had a good week. I wan’t that beer on that hotel deck in Kona…hugsies!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      That beer is a Bud… I think they should buy the picture, then it may be a regular scene for us, lol. And yes, yes, yes re: seeing them… at least I get to see Brian this summer… that is super exciting! 😁


  2. benjaminpeach

    Clearly the outdoors is stimulating and the indoors not so much. Agree the big critter is kinda cute but scary at the same time. Mountains and sunshine today were very stimulating!! Have fun at the race!! 🏅🏃

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Thank you Ben! And yes, I’m so glad you were able to enjoy your outing today!! Anytime spent outside is wayyyy more stimulating than those evil contraptions inside! And that big critter is just a llama. Very friendly, very sweet, just don’t make him mad or he’ll spit at you, lol. 😀

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  3. runningtotravel

    I didn’t know you’re doing a 50 mile bike ride this summer. If you had mentioned it before, I somehow missed it. That’s exciting! Age is just a number, right? ; ) Thanks for linking to my post- I appreciate it!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      You’re so welcome! Yes, I was trying to figure out big ways to commemorate this big year (lol) and running a marathon just isn’t enough apparently, hahahaha! I had actually entertained the idea of doing a half ironman in July as we have one relatively close, but really glad I sobered up before I signed up, 😀

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  4. Steph McCoy

    The outdoor photos are quite stimulating. Thanks for sharing this, I’ve never seen bike trainers but since I don’t have a bike it’s a mute point and using the stationary bike at the gym is boring.

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  5. Lady G

    PRICELESS! I laughed my head off! A freaking treadmill! Absolutely mind numbing! The beer? LOL!!!!!
    Animals and nature’s splendor are, in my mind, mind altering! LOL!!!
    Loved this 🙂

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