Days 6-13 Pedaling Each Day
Well, this project did not turn out how I imagined. I imagined a nice tidy blog entry with photo or video for each day. And initially I envisioned peaceful solo time riding my bike, contemplating the world, but that vision quickly vanished as the reality of family life, cancer or no cancer, set in. Fortunately my husband Garrett is as dedicated to this Pedaling Each Day project as I am because otherwise I will tell you, it would NOT be happening.
Like yesterday for instance when Taylor had a horrible dehydration bout, complete with screaming in agony due to the painful headache and culminating in vomit. It was nine o’clock at night, Asher was still awake, I still had not been on a ride, and Garrett needed to get to the Scoop to make the locals their favorite flavors (or at least someone’s favorite flavor–he can’t possibly please everyone at once).
I thought it interesting that it was going to be my daughter’s sickness, not my own, that prevented me from going for my daily ride. The life of a mother!
It also felt a bit like waiting until the last minute to write a paper in college, and then having the flu or the power go out. I had a month to write it, but when I finally sit down at the last minute something catastrophic happens, and it does not get done (with no good excuse). These thoughts were going through my head. I was also contemplating pulling the trainer out to ride in the living room.
I am proud to say I have not missed a ride and do not intend to! Garrett ushered me out the door and I rode a mile last night with night lights, sick child and all.
Days 6-12 rides were completed either on the family bicycle car (also powered by Garrett) or with one or both kids in the trailer. Garrett and I share bedtime routine duties (we usually alternate between children each night) so either we all went for a ride before bed (which is a lovely way to end the day), or while Garrett puts one to bed, I ride with the other.
Today however, I rode during the day to my qigong appointment (about five miles) which felt really great! I felt less like a cancer patient and more like an athletic young woman just doin’ her thing. Although, I have spent very little time feeling like a cancer patient anyway.
Here are a few photos of the past few days…..