Well, anyway, there he was. I didn't really even see him until it was too late to duck out or turn and go the other way. I was on the bike - 2 minutes into my 8 minute workout. I must have been distracted because i'd inadvertently bumped the level up one notch from last week's effort without realizing it. My head was down and eyes closed and when i looked up and realized my mistake he had appeared out of no where and was looking right at me.
"Hello" he said. "Got time for a chat?"
It was a rhetorical question and we both knew it.
So we chatted for the first time in nearly a month, since my big effort at end-trails. We negotiated and bartered and he tried to convince me that i needed to listen to him as he always does. But i didn't listen - i focused on the fact that i had only minutes left and i'd already done the hard part, now i just had to hang on. I let him drone on - glad to hear his voice but even more glad i could hear my own again.
Needless to say since my workouts are so short these days the conversation was over quickly. And so I said my 'good day' and 'thanks for coming - hope to see you again soon.' Then I got off the bike and headed to grab my coat and get on with my day.
"Wait for me" came a voice from behind.
I turned to see the guv'nor's henchman, Agony, standing there. I'd almost forgotten guv'nor never traveled alone.
"Come on" i said, motioning to him as i detoured towards the basketball courts for a couple of laps, quads seized with pain reminiscent of the hot aches. "Lets get to know each other again - i think we'll be spending a lot of time together from now on..."