New Adventures in Exercise!

Me Crashing Through the Woods
Cherry Ames and Me

If you’re from Texas, or if you’ve been following my blog, you know that this summer has been absolutely brutal – hot dry and more hot. It’s been very difficult to keep on track with exercise. Lots of self-lecturing and threats (No granola for you until you finish your workout, Self!) were needed on many days just to haul my franny off my chair.

Now we’re being blessed with a cold front. We broke our 68 day 100+ temperature streak with an overnight low of 57 and a daytime high of 80 on Monday.  EIGHTY DEGREES my friends! Feels like winter!  Of course, it’s supposed to pop back into the 100’s by next week, but for now? Now, I’m loving life outside.

Battle Scars
Battle Scars – Scrapes and Bruises

To celebrate, I tried something new.  Mountain Biking.  My kids have been biking off-road for a while now, and they’ve been asking me to come along.  I struggle with walking straight and not tripping over my own feet most of the time, so I’ve always put them off.  Besides, someone has to stay behind and hold the water and snacks. Monday, though, I let myself be convinced.  Convinced to the point that I borrowed a mountain bike (Lady Penelope is too grand for dirt trails) and headed out to Cedar Hills State park for a go at the DORBA trails.

Oh. My. Gosh.  It was so HARD!  It HURT!  I LOVED IT!!!!  I have plenty of muscle power for the ups and downs, but I seriously need some practice on turns and some velcro on my butt so I can stay on the bike instead of sliding down embankments on my side. And my knees.  And my shoulders. I was horribly sore the next day (or two) and have lots of scrapes and bruises to brag about…but I can’t wait to go again.

Gratuitous Picture of my Gorgeous Offspring!
Cherry Ames, DirtBike and The Architect

Try something new.  Keep the Faith.
EMail Anglea Pea

4 thoughts on “New Adventures in Exercise!

  1. Very cool! I’ve been dragging the kids offroad, but due to similar balance issues (I trip over carpet fuzz) I refrain from biking over uneven ground 🙂

  2. Ouch! Looks like you had a fight with a tree and lost. But sounds like you had a great time. I’m not much of a biking fan but it is an awesome workout. Glad you went!

    Oh, and glad you had a break from the heat. Sorry, but that many days over *100 is way too much for me! I have a hard time when it’s over *80 here. To me perfect is *72ish.

    Loved your no soda except on holidays, no chainsaws unless adult is present and no cell phones in cars! I am going to have to adopt the soda rule. (more for me than the kids)

    Have a great week.

  3. We have new mountain bike trails here and have only hiked them when not in use. Mike wants me to go this fall when it’s a bit slower so I think I am going to give it a try. I know I’m strong enough, though I really hate bike riding maybe mountain biking will be more entertaining them on the road.
    Good luck with Mir’s challenge. Take care and have a blessed day!!

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