I have come so far in the last few years. I know some of you might not believe this, but I truly enjoy getting out in the early morning and swimming, biking, or running. I am a much happier, calmer, and a more settled person since I have made exercise a part of my lifestyle change. Not to mention that moving my body allows me to eat the kinds of food I love and not deprive myself when I want a little indulgence. After all, life is too short to eat completely clean 24/7, especially when food brings me such joy.
So for Mother's Day, all I asked Sean for was a nice early mountain bike ride, so that my kids could sleep in and I could be home in time to have the breakfast in bed I love so much. This is a win-win for us all. I was also able to talk Kay and her husband Jim into joining us on our early morning jaunt to the Santa Rosa Plateau trails. There we were at 6:15 am jumping on our mountain bikes and hitting the challenging trails. It is funny how all that bike training I did for Ironman did little to prepare me for the rigors of avoiding rocks, trying not to slide out in the sand, and getting the gears just right to get up a steep trail hill. The endurance is there, but other than that, this is a completely different form of exercise. I think Kay summed it up best when she stated, "This ride would be so amazing if it wasn't for the rocks and hills," but it is this demanding aspect of trail riding that makes us both enjoy it so much. On a road bike I have times where I can just zone out and focus on my biking form, but today I had to make split second decision as to which side of the trail would be best for my tires to grip, which gear I should use for the slippery ups and down, and when to just take my hands off the brake and let myself fly through the trail and hang on for dear life...and yes, this was fun!
Parents must lead by example. Don't use the cliche; do as I say and not as I do. We are our children's first and most important role models.