There's a change in the air today - a slight hint of distant rain, combined with a cool breeze. Rain is on the horizon, we hear, over the next day or two. Autumn, although here officially, is still making it's grand entrance. The weekend was characteristically warm. After watching our church's conference broadcast from Salt Lake in the morning and early afternoon, we felt a little slow and lethargic. Feeling a need to move, L and I took the bikes out on the bike trail on Saturday around 4pm. It was lovely. Most of the cycling crowds had cycled and gone. There was shade over the trail in spots and it was a really enjoyable ride. We rode 9 miles! I remember feeling surprised at how easy the ride had felt and I was encouraged by the improvement. Once home and cooled off, I felt like I could hop on my bike and do it again. We grocery shopped afterwards and then drove down the hill to our local pizza place and shared a small pizza and some wings. It was one of those unremarkable, yet totally enjoyable evenings shared between two people who are completely comfortable with each other. The kind of evenings great weekends are made of - even though you can barely remember what you did afterwards. I do remember starting to make a Christmas list... I know, I know... ALREADY.
L went to the trouble to snap a little picture of me on the bike trail during our rest stop. Note the glowy complexion. That's what 4 1/2 miles on a warm day does to you, my friends. Pay no attention to the love handles and bulges. I'm planning on them making a slow exit over the next few months. Hope springs eternal...
Sunday was a slight repeat of Saturday, in that we spent the morning and afternoon again watching Conference from Salt Lake. In our church, it's where you get the best spiritual lift, and kick in the pants to improve in this area or that. After listening, you are ready to get out there and Do Good. But being human, we need the pep talk and instruction in another 6 months, so every April and October we enjoy listening and finding spiritual strength in this way.
After conference L and I had planned to take the bikes out again. We went a little earlier than we'd planned (and so it was a little warmer) because Mom and Dad called and wanted to come over. They were probably feeling our lethargy of Saturday and needed to get out of the house. No matter - we were making our skillet quiche thing that feeds an army, and we had a fresh loaf of rosemary sourdough bread to go with it. But before they arrived we wanted to get our ride in, and our goal was to go 10 miles. Piece of cake, we thought. Yesterday's 9 miles was a walk in the park. We chose to go a different direction on the trail, towards the beach.
I could tell by the time we'd gone a couple of miles, that this ride was much harder. Maybe it was that we'd gone on a long (for us) ride the day before. Maybe it was because it was hot. Maybe it was the fact that the wind was blowing harder. Or a combination of everything. Whatever. I thought I was going to die, and that I would never be able to sit down again. But I didn't want to give up - I'd rather pull my eyelashes out than quit. But I'm not above complaining and whining - which I did at the 5 mile mark as we drank our water. And then we saddled up to ride back. Ow. Ow. Ow. I think I need to get those padded cycling pants that L has, because my whole backside hurt. Clearly I have miles to go before I'm really in shape. But we did it! - 10 miles. 19 miles total for the weekend. I'm stoked.
L is on his way home right now and we'll get on our bikes and go out again - but shorter because it'll be dark. I don't know what we'll do when it gets dark at 5:00 - maybe I'll be more brave about riding on the street by that time. But maybe not. All I know is that I'm excited about the workout - it truly is work, and it's so good to feel that I'm finally doing something that gives my heart and muscles a workout without beating me up. (No trashcan run-ins lately...)
And hey - speaking of autumn, Katie just forwarded me the cutest picture of Hayden in a new little hat. Is this not the cutest fall look? If you like Etsy, look for Tanya's Tangles - she is the artist behind this amazing little hat. I'm wondering if she makes them in Skylee's size?
And then, just for pure fun, here is another new one of Hayden. I have no idea where the headpiece or tutu came from, but this picture is the stuff dreams are made of - well, at least THIS grandma's dreams!