Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Recumbent Nemesis

I have a gym nemesis, and I believe her to be a resolver. She has voluminous blond hair, often wears sorority t-shirts (bid day!) and reads US Weekly. Worst of all, she thinks my beloved recumbent bike is her beloved recumbent bike. Last week she swiped it right from under my nose. I saw it in slow motion, her slipping into the seat a split second before my book touched the machine, my method of securing one of three coveted bikes while I wipe off my treadmill.

Straining to assess the bike situation behind me in the mirror in front of the only treadmill I could get today, a fuchsia tank caught my eye. Her. On an elliptical (of course). She would be on the one right in front of the recumbent bikes, I thought to myself. I faced a grave disadvantage, all the way across the gym with only half a bike visible in the corner of my mirror. Damn her! I couldn't stop staring as I contemplated my game plan, and I think I saw her staring back. Challenge accepted.

Toward the end of my run I started looking over my shoulder at the bikes. I still had five minutes left when I spied an open one, and a girl wiping down the one next to it! TWO open bikes on a weeknight?? Unheard of! I got so excited I jabbed at the stop button and almost biffed it as I jumped off the slowing conveyor belt.

It wasn't until I was pedaling that I looked over and noticed the bike next to me was still empty, and my nemesis was still working away on the elliptical... Well, now it appears she's just playing with my emotions.

10 comments:

WA said...

Oh, my God---I just LOVE having a nemesis! And a gym nemesis--well, that's the ultimate. Mine is a small German woman I call "The Beast" who always stands too close during Step&Pump class. I hate The Beast.

--Wendi

Kathryn said...

I think this nemesis is going to keep you on your toes!

She's throwing you off track by pretending to not care....

Christina Lee said...

LOL!!! that was great!! She's keeping you on your toes!

RenRexx said...

this is why i sometimes get embarrassed to work out at the gym.... cause people will probably categorize me as a resolver. When do i graduate onto the next level?

Amy said...

Only crazy ppl like me... but I think past February you're in the clear =)

Zip said...

See, your first mistake was cleaning off the treadmill. Are you that much of a sweater? Skip that step and you can get right to your coveted bike.

Zip said...

Come to think about gym nemeses, there is a horrible girl in my bootcamp class who thinks that everything is a race. She has to do each step extremely fast in order to be first, but she's doing everything half-assed. She may finish first, but I'm seeing the results. Well, if I laid off the candy I might, but you see my point.

Amy said...

Ugh the treadmill wiping issue... I only do it out of perceived social obligation... but it really isn't necessary is it??

I feel the same way about by nemesis! ALL she does is the recumbent bike (usually...) - so she always gets it first, but what a lame workout, right?

Caroline said...

I hate the obligatory wiping of the treadmill! With all the f-ing signs all over the place, you feel like you have to do it. But who the hell sweats on their treadmill?!?!?

Brianne said...

ugh. i have a gym nemesis too...and i find her irritating. mainly because she acts like she owns the gym, and that i might break something that she likes to use.

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