...but we have bikes
There are few things as satisfying as a day on the bike. When the biggest decisions are left or right, music or listen to my gears cry. Being outside can reset your soul and make you breath with intention. It's not always easy to get there, you just have to make it happen.
Being a single mom I know the challenges of time, money, commitments, and physical exhaustion. When your children place professional athletes on a pedestal and with the eyes of youth believe they can be just as great. While encouraging those dreams, it is second nature to want to live my example to them as well. Why teach limitations when you can show possibilities?
When I was introduced to cycling, it was an offer to climb Mt Baldy with California Triathlon, after completing a wobbly 3 mile road ride around my home on a new Specialized. That weekend I grabbed my Adidas sneakers ,placed MTB pedals on for more stability, and learned to ride over the next 72 miles and 8500+ of climbing. I had no expectations, just knew I could at least try. And with a determined brother doing the same by my side - we decided we would make it happen. All we saw were possibilities , and an amazing view.
A new experience of complete exertion on inclines, the sound of my self propelled gearing , the tires wiping the gravel , and eventually the full wind in my face on downhill.. .and all I had needed was a bike and some old Adidas. Who knew such an overwhelming experience would be available to a simple Mom from the suburbs.
My life is basic. Kids, work, lack of sleep... Life has its priorities and the best part of my day is always with my kids . I want to capture the way they look at the stars, the earth, the physical world in amazement and keep it forever . I want them to get outside , feel the world with their own feet . When I see them view the worlds expectations and value of unnecessary material things , I simply remind them- but we have bikes. And extraordinary experiences can happen when we make them.