Yesterday evening Vans, the Peanut and I decided to go for a family bike ride. I must say, it has been a VERY long time since I have actually been on my bike. I used to do triathlons (a lot) and so I have a fairly nice bike that wasn't cheap but sadly has been sitting unused for quite some time.
Vineman/Barb's Race 2006 (Half Iron-Man)
Actually that picture was probably the last time I seriously road my bike. That was a great race. Perhaps some day I'll do it again.
Last night we rode as a family on the bike trail by our house. We road in the opposite direction that the American River 50 Mile course goes. We road towards Old Sacramento (although not quite that far). It was a great evening, cool weather and not too buggy. However, I will say the area in which we were in is not exactly "safe" nor is it very "pretty." Sure you ride by a golf course and the river is near by but basically, it is sort of sketchy terrirtory which is okay when you are with someone. Which is why I was so completely surprised to see quite a few women running ALONE with earbuds in!!! Ladies, c'mon!! Really? So not safe. You couldn't pay me to run that section alone let alone with earbuds in listening to music. Sheesh!
The Peanut had a blast though. She likes when Vans goes fast although she doesn't like the bumps in the bike trail. I can't say I blame her, my bum was definitely feeling those too. But I did some speed drills to get the legs churning.
I am trying to encourage myself to get motiviated again. It's been too easy this week to do absolutely nothing and eat everything in sight! So last night's ride was followed by a nice ellipticaling this morning. Whenever I attempt any sort of morning exercise however, it never fails, the Peanut wakes up earlier than usual. She must sense that I am leaving the house!
I know I blogged that I wasn't going to run until next Thursday but Coach Nikon & Captain Kirk sent out a final email a few days ago telling us that we can "run when we feel ready" and I have to say, I do feel ready. I don't want to lose any of the fitness I have built these past 6 months (especially if I want to run the Western States Training Run next month). So, with that, I am meeting a fellow teammate on Sunday for a nice 10-12 mile run or whatever we feel like doing. Nothing too fast or hard but just something to get us moving. I won't be gone too long from the Peanut since we'll be local. I am very excited to get back out there. My knee feels great still. If it hurts, I'll rest. Life must continue. You can only bask in the glory of a 50 miler for so long before your husband tells you to "go get it yourself." HA
But in the meantime, I will definitely schedule more bike rides with my girl. As long as she enjoys it, so will I!
SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO COACH NIKON!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY COACH!!!!