Saturday, February 15, 2020

Back in the saddle for real!

Now that I’m cleared to start riding my bike again, we decided to go for a family bike ride today! It was officially our first family ride at Lake Miramar, and I even rode my newly resurrected mountain bike. 

We only made it about a kilometer out before we had to turn around, but it was truly a milestone in our journey of becoming a cycling family. Poor BG was pedaling so hard her legs kept hurting, and as much as she cried “Shut up legs!” she only had so much in her for this first time. Our neighborhood is mostly flat, and the path around the lake fluctuates a lot. We tried coaching her to coast on the “downhill” parts but she only knows one speed”full gas” πŸ€ͺ🚴 It was actually a great learning experience for all of us, and turned out to be quite long enough for my wrist. 

The wrist did okay. I layered two different wraps for support, which seemed to work well, but my I’ll-used wrist started complaining nonetheless...right around the time BG stopped and refused to pedal forward another rotation. And it’s been kinda sore all afternoon.

The guy at our other local bike shop suggested using tape. Less bulky he says, and it’s what a lot of cyclists do for the cobbles. 🀷🏻‍♀️ I think I’ll try that next time and see how I do. Either way, I gotta take it day by day. We wanna do another short ride tomorrow, but we will see how the wrist feels.

Stay tuned.

This was my favorite moment of our little ride today πŸ’šπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜:

Thursday, February 13, 2020

A birthday wish granted

Last Friday I had a follow up appointment with my ortho doc regarding my wrist. I really didn’t know what to expect, although I think PT has been going pretty well. I’ve definitely made progress but who knows how rapidly or slowly it’s been 🀷🏻‍♀️ 

During the appointment I casually mentioned that the occupational therapist had said I can try starting out slowly with the bike if I think my wrist can handle it. (My thinking is I’d start on the trainer for minutes at a time to test it out and see how the wrist responds.) My doc said, “If the therapist is okay with it, I’m okay with it!” 😡🀩

Just in time for my birthday πŸ₯³ Of course right after the appointment the weather changed...we got rain and it was colder. So of course my wrist, which had been feeling pretty good up until that point, started to complain 🀦🏻‍♀️ Nonetheless, this past Tuesday we went on a short family bike ride around the block! 

And my wrist did okay! Ooh and my Ruby got some upgrades since I last hopped aboard, but I’ll save that for the birthday post.

Right now I’ve gotta go get my little monkey from gymnastics πŸ˜‰

Stay tuned πŸ˜ŽπŸ€˜πŸ™ƒ

Sunday, February 2, 2020

When rainbow dreams come true 🌈

Several years ago I created this blog when my husband bought his dream car. Since then we’ve had many more dreams realized—some seemingly insignificant yet special memories, and some life changing. (Unfortunately/Fortunately, many of them weren’t chronicled here.)

This weekend marked another dream realized, and it probably falls somewhere in the middle of the dream spectrum, but no matter, it undoubtedly fits in the “ΓΌber cool and awesome” category! 😎 oh and this weekend just happened to be the UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Dubendorf, Switzerland πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­So appropriately, this was Rainbow Weekend. 🌈

Yesterday was “New Bike Day” in our house—for anyone counting, yes that’s the third one in less than six months! Today was my husband’s turn for a new bike. A bit unexpectedly I might add. I mean, he’s been ogling a certain beautiful specimen of a bike lately but we hadn’t exactly set out to get him a new bike in 2020. Especially one in this price range. However, this is no ordinary bike, and it wasn’t going to be available for long with the new models coming out soon, specifically in the Sagan Collection 🀩😡πŸ€ͺ (What?!?! Wait a minute. I’M the big Sagan fan! 😡 Why is HE getting one of these bikes?!!! Because he’s no ordinary husband πŸ˜‰

In a recent moment of clarity, I thought, “Just get the bike, do it anyway, you only live once, you can’t take it with you, you’ll regret it if you don’t act now.” Stuff like that. It reminded me of a lost opportunity several years ago, and that moment will forever be known in our family as the Vermont Castings moment. 

Husband found a 2020 Specialized Sagan Edition Roubaix in his frame size sometime before Christmas. Not local, up in NorCal somewhere. A week or so ago it was still there. He starts saying things like: That’s okay, I don’t really need a new bike right now, I’ll wait for the next version to come out, besides it’ll be just as good if not better, right? He’ll always be chasing rainbows...blah-blah-blah. (Note: This year’s theme is/was Chasing Rainbows...complete with a beautiful subtle yet SHINY, SPARKLY rainbow paint job. Next year’s was undetermined at that moment...but I had my theories...)

Once he started down this way of thinking, I realized it was time to Seize the Ride. I knew, I mean I just knew in my gut, this next collection was going to be all about green (Afterall, one doesn’t win 7 green Tour de France jerseys everyday. Plus his gran Fondo was all about the green.) So based on that nudge, I said to him “Get the bike.” You might imagine his reaction (Whaaat?!?!!!!). Ironically, almost immediately after he made the call to our local bike shop to get the bike transferred down here, the new collection was announced: Sometimes Rainbows, Forever Green πŸ’šπŸŒˆ AND, at this time, only in Tarmac and Venge frames. Roubaix in April perhaps? We will see. Nevertheless, my husband isn’t exactly a fan of green πŸ₯΄

They transferred the bike to our local bike shop in just a few short days πŸ’ͺ The guys at the bike shop ogled it, of course, even taking it out in the sunlight for a better look at its unique paint job, and admiring it for a few days before we got there to retrieve it. Apparently they’d not seen one in-person. Our little gift to them πŸ’šπŸŒˆπŸ€˜ In fact, they think it may even be the only one of its kind in our city! 🀩 My husband loves being different, so this just got him even more excited about owning it! I’m sorry I made you wait until the weekend to get it πŸ₯΄

So yesterday we retrieved the most beautiful bike I’ve ever set eyes on. Instant bike envy. It got quite a bit of attention, too, as the group ride folks were returning from their morning rides. (We even met someone training for the BWR who’d just returned from the club’s first gravel ride.)

So hold up a minute, you say. Bike envy??!!! Didn’t YOU just get a new shiny bike?!, you ask incredulously. Yes I got a new bike last Fall. And yes, of course I still have bike envy!!!! After all, I’m a HUGE Peter Sagan fan! πŸ€ͺ🀘 AND...This thing is absolutely gorgeous! However, I do not deserve one. Not today. Maybe not ever, depending upon how this next year goes and when I can get back in the saddle for real. BUT, my husband? He definitely deserves this bike!! For many reasons, not the least because he works so hard and does so much for our family. He also deserves it because he’s been riding bikes his whole life. He didn’t stop after childhood like too many of us do. He’s always been into bikes; in fact he remembers when Specialized only sold bike tires(!!!), and he’s even got a Shimano 600 crank from one of his first bikes. Yet another good reason: He’s not going to crash on this bike. He’s going to ride it and enjoy it to the full. As he should.

As you might imagine, pictures do no justice to the beautiful paint job on this bike. It truly is very beautiful IRL. Way better than even I expected! Even so, here’s some “bike porn” for any of you enthusiasts who might be reading this, and anyone else who’s simply curious πŸ™ƒ
As if she fell down from the heavens 😍
Just look at her sparkle! 🌈🀩
First quickie ride in front of the house
First proper ride

That last photo was taken on my husband’s first ride this morning. He sent me a couple of these throughout his ride because, well, if you had a bike that looked this beautiful in the sunlight and just brightly smiled up at you whenever you looked down, wouldn’t you stop and take pictures too?! Or is that just us? πŸ₯΄πŸ€·πŸ»‍♀️ Why so serious πŸ€ͺ

Needless to say, we had a fun day at the bike shop shopping for various accoutrements for the new bike (better TUBELESS(!!!) tires, cool bottle cages, proper pedals, etc), and ever since bringing her to her forever home, we periodically escape to the garage just to look at the beautiful specimen who now resides in our garage. And, surprisingly, I nearly had to shove M out the door to go for his ceremonial first ride this morning.
“Go ride your new bike.”
“Right now?”
“Are you sure?”
“Yes go! Stop asking are you sure. Go before I change my mind!”
πŸ€ͺ🀣 It kinda went down like that. 
I’m just disappointed I couldn’t go with him! 🀷🏻‍♀️πŸ˜–

So...What did he think? “OMG it’s so fast!!!” And he said it in a bit of a childlike, giddy way, with a twinkle in his eyes. I think he likes it πŸ˜‰ Now to find the perfect name for her...πŸ€”

Now here’s yet another cool thing about buying this particular bike at this particular time of year: He gets to enter a special contest for a chance to win a trip to Paris-Roubaix this April 😡 with a special seat at the finish line inside the Roubaix Velodrome! Pretty cool, huh? Sure it’s a long shot, but someone has to win, so why not us! 

We will see πŸ˜‰