Jul 30

Floats Like a Butterfly, Stings Like a Bee

I am on my taper for Steelhead, so my workout activity has been pretty light all week.  Today was just an hour on the bike at an easy pace.  I had a couple errands to run, so I incorporated them into the route.

Occasionally on my rides, especially when on a trail, I will get pelted by insects.  You would think that the tiny insects would see a giant object 1000 times their size coming at them at 20 mph and move out the way, but sometimes I think they are on a suicide mission and just plow ahead.  Usually it isn’t a big deal if they bounce off my arm or shoulder, but occasionally they aim for the face or eyes (which is why I wear sunglasses even when it isn’t sunny).  The other day, on the White Pine Trail, I was assaulted by a Monarch butterfly that decided to fly in front of me.  It makes me wonder how many bike-insect injuries occur each year.  Someone should keep track of that.

On that theme, I was wrapping up the ride around Reeds Lake when I felt something bounce off my neck.  I brushed my neck thinking it was just a fly.  At that moment, I felt a sharp stinging feeling in my chest.  I reached down and realized I had been stung by a bee.  I was stung in the upper left chest region (the left breasticle if you will).  So there I was, hand clutching my jersey with the bee pinched between a fold in the fabric, clipped into my pedals, wondering how I was going to come to stop with only one hand to brake and balance.  It is only by luck that I managed to stop without crashing and get the bee out.  I can only guess that the bee was what hit my neck and subsequently bounced down my shirt and then in a fit of anger decided to sting me.

My bee sting.

After that, the ride went very smoothly with no other run-ins with insect life.  It was nice to do a quick easy ride without worrying about pushing a certain pace or meeting a specific goal.

Tomorrow is going to be a busy day with packet pickup and last minute preparation for Steelhead.  Less than 36 hours and it will all be over.

I found this image online and couldn’t resist including it.

A representation of what the bee looked like.  It is a prime
example of why you should never talk on the phone and
fly at the same time.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.ironmanbythirty.com/2009/07/30/floats-like-a-butterfly-stings-like-a-bee

1 comment

  1. Tricia

    yay for supportive spouses ! boo for bees ! yikes, kevin !

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