Today I went for a fun little ride over to my friend Corbi's house. Her cute little cottage is on
the rural edge of town in Walla Walla County, nestled up against an onion field (those
famous Walla Walla Sweets!) We found a huge tumble weed that had attached itself to an
irrigation wheel and decided it would make a great backdrop for the Mundo.
I didn't take Jack out today because he's feeling a little under the weather and I also needed a little time to myself because he's been exceptionally needy of late. My mum wisely says that good parents are the ones that know when they need a break and after getting up at 5am for the last week and being generally run down I just needed some me time. I still feel guilty every single time I leave him, even though he's in perfectly safe and loving hands with his Dad. I just see his eyes well up with tears and my heart breaks,
but I know it's important for both of us and when I get home he is always super cuddly and
happy to have me around, whereas usually I'm just boring old mum!
As soon as I got home I noticed the tell tale tingling of carpel tunnel in my hands, something I've had problems with for most of my life. I'm guessing being more aware of my wrist position in the future will help and maybe some supportive gloves. I had installed a new saddle right before I left and it made a huge difference to my ride, enabling me to go further than I had in the last few days. I know these little things will make a big difference in the weeks to come and not addressing small issues early on can lead to failure in the long run. I feel like I have to set myself up for success at every turn and be very conscientious of making informed decisions. You don't go from being a lazy lug to a cyclist over night, the months ahead won't be easy, but fortunately motivation is easy to come by when you live with a little guy like Jack. I do feel like a cyclist already and it really hits me when I look at pictures of Jack or myself on the bike that I'm finally at the beginning of my journey and I couldn't be anymore excited.
My new saddle that a kind fellow cyclist sent me to help me on my way.
Thank you Brad! You and Cycling Community have welcomed, encouraged and inspired me!