Tuesday, August 19, 2008

mama's back!

i'm back! whooo! i'm back! not that i'm back to blogging, nope, i'm back to bike riding!

i haven't been on my bike for ehh, i'm going to say at least 2 years and 9 months... and well, i got pregnant for max in december so i'm going out on a limb here and say that it was at least 3 years ago since i was on my bike. well, i've finally brought water to that drought.

over the weekend chris got my bike back into working condition. put air in the tires, checked the gears cleaned it up a bit and shortly after, i took my first spin around the block, twice. after that trek back up the hill i had rubber band legs... seriously they weren't working correctly. i stretched, i felt fine and didn't even feel the slightest twinge the following day. which is when i started to scour craigslist.com for a kid trailer to pull behind the bike. i found one. it was a bit more than i wanted to spend but hell, i really wanted to get back out there on my bike in a regular fashion. last night chris made the quick drive to clinton, pa to pick it up. it's in perfect condition. a few spots that need a needle and thread on the netting but nothing i can't fix easily.

then tonight i whipped up a quick dinner and then we packed up the kids and the bikes and the new bike trailer and drove about 4 minutes to the head of the montour trail which sits just at the edge of our town. first we hooked the trailer to chris's bike. he towed it for the first half of the ride. then we swapped and i took it back. it's EASY! the kids LOVE it! max got to see a ton of doggies who we walking on the trail with their owners. we rode two miles, swapped the trailer and rode two miles back, it took about 40 minutes. and the complete outing took exactly an hour. it was soooo refreshing! it was invigorating! i was riding my bike with my kids :) max stayed awake the whole time. andy fell asleep at some point on the way back. he seemed to enjoy it though :) max babbled the entire way and kept saying "bye" to everyone that we passed.

i can't wait to do this again. now i just have to figure out how i can do it by myself.... our bike rack is on the roof of our car. and well i'm slightly vertically challenged... i wonder if i can fit it into the back of the car... we'll have to try it out...

anyways, i'm just so happy to be able to do fun active stuff again with my husband and family. for so long it was chris who was going out and doing all the fun outdoors stuff. i did some hiking while pregnant with max and we did a bit last spring/summer (2007) with him in the back back but i spent most of last summer pregnant again and frankly had no energy to do much outside of what i had to do... now it's back, i feel normal again and i LOVE it! yay!

sorry about not having any photos... i somehow managed to forget my camera on this trip. i'm sure there will be more just like it so look for some on my flickr in the near future.

6 comments:

jen said...

Since you didn't post pics, the image in my head is of you trying to get a bike off the roof of the Jeep. hehe. That sounds awesome, though! We wish we had bikes.

Michelle said...

oh fun! We don't have a trailer, but Amelia loves, loves, loves her bike seat on Hank's bike.

Amanda said...

What a fun way to spend the night! Congratulations on this big step to returning to normal! Doesn't it feel wonderful?

Lisa said...

Sounds like you had a great night. Congrats on getting back into bike riding. I'm jealous. Steve and I were going a lot last summer, but this summer my bike has been without any love.

Beth, Dave and Cori said...

I love the Montour Trail, and sounds like you made excellent use for the whole family! Keep on riding!

K,S,M and R M said...

I have a bike trailer too, but ours said to wait until Pog is 12 months old. I'm glad to hear you did it sooner, because I haven't wanted to wait. I am going to give it a try. I'm so glad you posted... and I LOVE how you said something like "I brought water to that drought". I've never heard that before, but I love it.