Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Put a smile on that face!

First, thanks to everyone who read my post yesterday. Even if you didn’t comment or even read it! I was a bit frustrated with all of the things going on and unfortunately, my blog and to a MUCH greater extent my wife, bore the brunt of my frustration. Either way, I’m back to my normal self. I had a pretty good 3 mile recovery run yesterday and even had an accidental day off (sort of) because of a massive flight delay. Just what the doctor ordered. Well, that the first class upgrade, and the one two three gin and tonics that I was able to drink since I was going to arrive in Atlanta too late to make it to the office.

Now, enough with the lovey-dovey talk. I’ve got a bone to pick and it is with the cyclists in the Phoenix metro area. I realize that the tour has you all heads down. The Olympic games do the same thing to me. But come on. What is up with not waving at me?

I’m a happy runner. Since a picture speaks a thousand words, let me offer up a few pictorial examples:



Since I am so happy, I waive and/or give the obligatory head nod to all runners, walkers, bikers, and even the occasional car that lets me cross a street in front of it – all the while holding up traffic. I usually get some sort of response from most all of the groups. The exception, of course, are the bikers! (Well, them and the girls in the sports bras – I’m sure I DO seem like a creeper….) Sure, the bikers look good in all of their color coordinated gear, but I’d like to think that I look just as good with sweat on my shorts in the shape of a pee stain and salt on my face.

I realize that they have lots to think about – with all of those gears and whatnot. To be honest, I’d be pretty focused if I had cars whizzing by at 45 mph as well. But that shouldn’t stop them from releasing their death grip on the handles and give a quick finger point. Right?

So, if you are in the Tempe/Gilbert area and you see a sweaty guy waving at the old couple walking their dog, give him a wave. I know he’ll appreciate it!

6 comments:

Kelly said...

I apologize for cyclists everywhere. Maybe they are all going too fast to see you? I go slow, so I would wave!

Ulyana said...

I totally feel ya man. Sometimes I get tired of being nice and when I don't get a response to my smile or wave, I just flip people off - gets a response right away. JK.

Everyone is Austin is super nice, including every cyclist I've ran into (not that literally). Maybe I can ship some over to you.

Rural Runner E said...

Gotta have some compassion...they are training for next year's tour.

OhMyLaughter said...

Hahaha nice flight delay. And I agree with your logic. If you can train hard for a marathon and still wave...

why can't the hardcore cyclists do it?!

Michelle said...

I would always wave at you if I saw you because your such a happy cute guy. Unless of course you had a pee stain on your shorts! Then, probably I wouldn't wave at you!!

sRod said...

Well, one of the things about living in New York is that no one does any of this waving/smiling business. I'll nod or say "morning" to no response whatsoever, beit runner or cyclist or dog walker. Sigh.