I took the time to get my computer programed and fitted, a lovely gift from Chris at CTQ Bicycles Blog- thank you Chris, it works great and was easy as pie to install. Then I packed Jack's stroller on the bike and we zipped over to a friends house for a play date...
The bike looked all set for adventures, when in actuality my friend just relocated about 6 blocks away, so it was a quick trip, but we needed the stroller because we wanted to walk for groceries when we got there. We went a few blocks out of our way just to enjoy the weather, which was wonderful today albeit a tad too windy. Nothing too extreme happened on the way there, but on the way home I got really worried because the gusts seemed pretty powerful. I struck out for Kyle's work to pick up a few posters he had for Jack's bedroom which we intend to put together soon. We're really fortunate that we can stop by and see "Daddy" in his office, Jack just loves days like this. He had Bicycle time, Friend time and Daddy time which wore him out, so now it's Nap time- my favorite!
Once Jack was asleep I made myself a "vitamin water" in the Vitamix, which is basically a huge bunch of parsley and a whole peeled orange in a pitcher full of water. It is super refreshing and as I'm not fond of plain water this ensures I still stay hydrated. Kyle and I are both trying to eat a little healthier lately and have been starting the day off with a green smoothie, which is so yummy Jack begs for more everyday when he finishes his. I really, really love my bicycle and I'd have to say I love my Vitamix on that same level. We bought it when we we're really struggling financially and paid the equivalent of what our rent payment was at the time. I'd say other than our bikes it was the best investment we've made in years, like the bikes, it's an investment in health and you really can't put a price on that.
Today was a breeze on the bike, in fact I may even venture out again I feel that good. My ankle has been sore and my knees a tad too, but really not too bad- which probably means I need to push myself a little harder. I have been staying mentally aware of my foot placement on the peddles and I'm sure it's helping. I had to include this blurry picture (below) because, stop the presses, I'm smiling and my eyes are open! It's hard to imagine that something that made me cry yesterday can make me smile today, but that's just life for you, I guess. I know I've cried driving a car before, so why would I expect cycling to be any different? I also know for sure, that I never once thought I was teaching my son anything valuable while driving a car, and yet today when we were riding and I was listening to him jibber jabber about bikes, cats and bikes, I felt a real sense of accomplishment. Even if my cycling never got any faster or gained any more distance; as long as it continues, then I've already achieved the goal I set for myself- which was to make cycling a part of our daily lives and for Jack to consider it the norm. So far, I'd say the 30 days of Biking has been exactly what I needed, adding a routine and finding reasons to ride is what was missing, before this I was looking for reasons not to ride. Of course this sunny weather has helped a lot too, but either way I'm going to stick this out until the end.