A Restart

What’s up, friends.

So, after I somewhat unceremoniously ditched you all almost a month ago now, I think I’m finally in a place where I can get back into this, at least for the moment. A fair amount of my life is still in flux (actually, in an almost-hit-my-actual-breaking-point turn of events, my life is in even more flux now than it was when I left off), but the flux feels ever-so-slightly under control. If nothing else, I think I can dedicate time to this again for right now, so here goes.

I’ve done things of varying degrees of interest over the past three weeks, including:


Watching the Olympic Marathon Trials, which basically felt like Christmas to me. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would enjoy watching people run for 2+ hours, but the Trials were so fun to watch. I love watching Boston, but this was so much better, knowing Americans would definitely win, and having at least basic familiarity with most of the main contenders prior to the event.


Ordering pizza from Dimo’s. I realize this seems like it isn’t all that eventful of an occasion, but this was only the second time in my entire life I’ve ordered delivery, and the first time said delivery included pizza. Plus it was basically the only exciting thing that happened to me all of Valentine’s Day weekend, which makes for a sad but true commentary on my life.


Taking three SoulCycle classes. Speaking of things I never dreamed I’d enjoy, right before I took my blog break, Target x SoulCycle stopped in Chicago, bringing with it free SoulCycle classes. I went to one of the Sunday classes and received a comp class at the new SoulCycle Southport location that just opened a month or so ago. When I redeemed my free class, the SoulCycle staff gave me another voucher for another free class, since it was my first time riding, at least in an official setting. I honestly really enjoyed all three classes. I suppose I’ve sort of been in the right emotional mindset to get a lot out of something like SoulCycle recently, but I was shocked by how much I liked all three classes. I’ve taken spin twice before and never cared for it, and even though there were aspects of the spinning at SoulCycle I didn’t like (namely, that I found the seats to be quite uncomfortable and always had a sore butt for days after), there were FAR more aspects that I did like. I never felt bored, which was always my #1 complaint in other spin classes. In fact, I always felt like the 45 minutes flew by. But I think what I liked the most was the choreography. Considering that I’ve chosen to take dance time and time again for three and a half years, I guess it really shouldn’t be that surprising that I loved that a fair portion of the class involved pedaling and moving to the beat of the (deafeningly loud) music. I had a lot of preconceived notions about SoulCycle based on my previous studio fitness experiences, and was happy to find out I was wrong. Of course, this isn’t something I’ll probably keep up, at least not regularly (unless there are a bunch of you out there interested in making routine $30 donations to the Bethany Enjoys SoulCycle Fund), but I’m glad I got to go three times.

I spontaneously decided to take a cross-country train trip.


This is at least two blog posts in and of itself, but when one of my Stuffs turned sour, I said, “Fine then! I’m going on vacation!” I had wanted to visit my sister in Jackson, Mississippi for a while, and decided last year that I needed to take a February vacation to escape the soul-crushing perma-grey and cold that is late winter in Chicago. So south I went, to the land of warmth and sunshine! I spent slightly less than 24 hours in New Orleans, then headed up to Jackson for two days before returning to Chicago.

That’s the highlight reel of my life lately. I’m back to work today (boo 😦 ), but look forward to telling you all about my trip very soon, and catching up on your blogs 🙂

6 thoughts on “A Restart

  1. Every time I take a long extended break from cycling and then start riding again, I get a really sore butt. So you aren’t the only one. But you do get used to it and the soreness goes away.
    Good for you for getting out of Chicago! I really love to take a vacation in February because by then it just feels like I can’t deal with the crap of Chicago weather anymore.

    • That’s good to know! Now, if only I could win the lottery so I could go to SoulCycle enough to not have to deal with post-ride sore butt 😛 I NEEDED to get out of here for awhile. The winter wears on me something awful, and by February I am just 100% done. Escaping for a bit was a much needed reset.

  2. Glad you’re back! Ironically just in time for me to take a little break myself. I liked Soul Cycle but the studio in Baltimore that models after it is slightly better, in my opinion. And a lot cheaper, which is my main motivation for keeping that up haha I hope you had a fantastic vacation in the south!!!

    • Haha we are definitely like ships passing in the night in Blogland right now! I wondered how your spin studio compared to SoulCycle. I’ve been to an independent spin studio in Chicago when I did ClassPass, but it definitely wasn’t SoulCycle-esque at all, and I wasn’t feelin’ it. If there were a SoulCycle-style class with lower prices in Chicago, I’d be all over that!

  3. I agree with Alyssa – the bike seat isn’t the issue. It’s that you haven’t built up a butt callus 🙂 I am NOT looking forward to how sore my butt will be after my first long ride after it warms up. Woof.

    I’m looking forward to hearing about your Amtrak trip. I’ve never done more than 5 hours on a train (from here to St. Louis) but I’ve historically enjoyed the Amtrak trips I’ve taken.

    • HAHAHA butt callouses. I like that one. Guess I just need to start going to SoulCycle more often to solve that problem! And win the lottery so I can go to SoulCycle more often 😛 This was my first long-haul train trip, too–I’ve never done anything longer than the couple hours going home–and it was such a great experience! Post will be up in a couple of weeks!

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