Monday, December 21, 2009

Three Tabor Rides

Saturday Peter wanted to watch the Montana game so I took off to ride Tabor by myself. I should have felt hungover because we had Taya and Kyle over for a 5-course dinner last night, but somehow I feel fantastic. I get to the park, which is empty because it is cool and raining and put my Ipod on quietly to entertain me while I ride the mountain. I'm listening to my new 100 techno songs I got off Itunes for 10 bucks and feeling quite happy with the world. Compared to the speed I used to go up the mountain, I am flying. I'm a couple of gears up and keeping a steady pace. The techno music helps.

For the third hill I switch to the Matrix and take a picture of the misty hills which fits the mood of the song. For the fourth hill I listen to Chemical Brothers, one of my all-time favorite groups. Riding home I discover that my knees don't hurt when I ride in my hardest gear and it makes me happy that I went through the time to get my bike fit.

The next day, my parents and brother arrive and my mother says I look tired. I'm actually not, but my back has been hurting and I know I need to get on my bike. Peter joins me and we ride the mountain four times again. He's got fresh legs so it is hard to keep up with him. By the time we get home I'm feeling like myself again. We enjoy a sauna with Dad and then have a nice ham that mom made up for dinner.

Today, we got some pilates and weights in first thing. We take off for Tabor again getting a good laugh as we see that someone has left a recliner half way up the mountain. A road biker passes us and I say, 'Oh no, we're getting smoked." He laughs and points to the chair, "Well, if you need to take a break..." We only do the hill twice so we can get back to my family. The road biker seems impressed that we have done it twice. We must look like beginners in our non-cycling clothing and hybrid bikes.

On the way home, we stop at Fred Meyer for some lightbulbs and a toilet seat for Peter's parents for Christmas. They never replace anything unless it has caught on fire so we thought it would be funny to get them a replacement for their broken toilet seat. I hope they think it is funny, anyway. We also pick up some hummus just in case. Five people is a lot of feed.

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