This morning I had the opportunity to take a nice leisure bike ride with my girls. Obviously the older one gets to put her pedal to the medal herself and conquer hills on her own but the younger one gets to sit back and enjoy the ride from the front seat.
A couple of years ago, my husband and I installed a bike seat for the wee one. It is situated at the front of the bike instead of the back because we thought it would be safer and we would be able to keep an eye one her. What we did not realize is the awkwardness of the seat. Because it is at the front, your legs have to wrap around the seat. It almost feels like you have a constant thigh master between your legs!
Most days, I give my husband the privilege of riding this bike. This morning however I decided I would take the girls for a ride since the boys were snoring like bears. This ride was supposed to be leisure, but as I was trying to maneuver the hills I realized just how difficult this feat could be. As I was swaying back and forth because of the unevenness of the weight shift and the awkwardness of the seat, I realized this was going to be an unwelcome leg workout. Going up the hills, my quads began to burn and my breathing escalated rapidly, but on the plus side my toddler kept chanting and singing her rendition of twinkle, twinkle little star. I decided to make a stop at the beach where the wave were calm and the sun was already gleaming. We took to the sand following the footsteps of what we had determined to be a raccoon. With the sun in our face and the soothing sounds of the water my eldest had revealed, "Mommy, this is like exercising!" I laughed and agreed. We headed back up the hilly path, back to our familiar surroundings and as my eldest went back to sleep, I decided that was a great warm up and continued by adding in some shoulder exercises. How more blessed can I be?
From the Great Outdoors,
Until Next Time,
Live From the Inside Out