What a crazy weekend. The aftermath of the newspaper debacle was quite interesting. The article that I discussed in my Tour de Lake recap did not get published in the paper. To my surprise, it was chopped up and anchored another, larger article that was all about the weekend’s events. They chopped almost everyone besides me, then took my comments further. My “push it” became a transition theme for other parts of the article.
That article was published on the front page of the metro section.
I know, groan. A misstatement that I hoped would be forgotten wound up front and center.
While it was somewhat embarrassing, it was also funny as can be. This entire week I’ve been playfully razzed about it.
My wife had the funniest comment. When I linked the article on my Facebook, she responded with “PUSH IT REAL GOOD!,” calling back Salt n’ Pepa. A friend of mine also linked it with the comment “Push, Aaron, Push.” People at work had even more fun with it. They said I should change my ringtone to the Salt n’ Pepa song.
This morning at work I found this clever message waiting for me. It took me awhile to figure out who it was, and when I did, I congratulated them. It made me laugh and I’ll keep it there.
Speaking of pushing it, that’s what I am doing this weekend. This will be my final push in Mount Mitchell Training. Tomorrow I am headed to Table Rock State Park. I’ll be joined by about a dozen other cyclists who will use the park as a base for rides on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I’ll be skipping out on Saturday’s ride to participate in Issaqueena’s Last Ride out of Walhalla, NC. The route for Friday and Sunday are up in the air, but hopefully long, easy climbing rides.
As I was wrapping up around the office and telling people goodbye for the long weekend, one of my co-workers looked up. “Have a good time in the mountains,” she said and nonchalantly added, “and don’t forget to push it.”