who wants to go on a winter bike ride?

winter bike ride

Don’t let that grin fool you. Cycling is hard.

Actually, no it isn’t. I’m just really out of shape. This post is dedicated to all the mamas out there who are taking care of children, working (whether at home or outside the home), and managing to still get that work-out in. How do you do it?

I’m definitely not here to sell you the ‘I’m doing it all’ spiel. I’m doing about two things these days: parenting and dissertating. I’m doing those, and I’m doing those well. I can definitely take pride in both those things. But that’s about it. Bike rides, running, cooking (thank you, T, for making that your thing!), and random other whathaveyous that used to fill my days have taken a loooong tumble down on my to-do list. So when I actually had the chance this past weekend to leave the house by bike, no baby, no dissertation, and no reponsibilities for about two hours, I jumped on it. But then I remembered that cycling, when you only do it once every blue moon, is not as easy as it used to be. But then again, is anything worth doing ‘easy?’ And isn’t it actually kind of fun to do something that doesn’t come easy, to feel the resistance give way, to let your body remember how it used to feel to work those muscles, and to breathe in that glorious winter air? I’ll say.

Thank you, Fiona, for letting me feel like a kid again for a couple of hours…

winter bike ride

{my Raleigh Sports, Fiona, in all her wintery glory}

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7 Responses to who wants to go on a winter bike ride?

  1. Erin B says:

    I love your new hair! (or maybe not so new hair that I have just noticed) I bet the slightly shorter is easier with a little in your house

  2. Workouts have decreased and waistline has increased – especially after the second! Although I would love to run four or five times a week, I’m lucky to squeeze in two – especially in the winter. I have made a commitment to at least WALK when I’m home with the kids. Benny is old enough to ride a balance bike while I push Lila in the stroller. It’s so interesting that you posted this today because I’ve been thinking about workouts and how they’ve all but disappeared! I think you’ll find that when the weather gets nice, it’s easier to sneak out – especially with baby and BOB!

  3. Heather says:

    The priority list! It is always the same two things on top (family and work), but the rest of it gets reshuffled daily depending on my needs. Exercise is important, but so are friends and laundry and creative outlets. Looks like you picked a great day to choose a bike ride!

  4. cb says:

    totally feel you on if it were easy would it be fun. surfing has that effect on me and the more i do the more i will get better and more confident. i give you total props for riding in the snow, that has got to be hard, i would love to try one day but i need to get to the snow first!

  5. Erin says:

    Hi, S! I’m in a similar situation — baby + grad school + oh, you know, LIFE. I had a good workout scheme going in January, but the flu and remodeling our kitchen have kinda killed my working out in February. I really want to relaunch it in March!

    This was my scheme: In January, I moved myself at least one mile every day. Most days, I ran on the treadmill. There were a few freakishly nice days in Milwaukee, and I ran outside with my bundled baby. And a few days I just walked on the mill. I figure even if I’m really dragging butt, the longest my workout would take is about 20 minutes. And if I can’t spare 20 minutes to take care of my physical and mental health, there’s something seriously out of whack. I even got my husband to become a mile streaker!

    So that’s my suggestion — promise to move yourself at least a mile every day. Warming up and cooling down count. Streak! Streak! Streak!

  6. Maureen says:

    You look happy and glowing, and I love the bangs! Just treasure the moments you have now – they pass by so quickly. Ride when you can, walk with your baby when you can, and enjoy it all!

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