That's right folks you heard it here first!!! I am ALWAYS asking my children to come for a bike ride and I always get a refusal so I just go anyway. Well now I have been biking with Rhiannon 3 times in the last 24 hours, at her request, and it's just really made me happy. Especially seeing as she is so eager. Except for the time that she got pissed off with me because I kept offering advice "watch for cars coming out of driveways, make sure you say thank you if people move for you" that sort of thing. In her frustration she yelled at me that she already knew all this.
I laughed and said "I remember when Grandpop used to take me biking and do the same thing and I'd get really annoyed too". Then she took off and I called out to remind her to change her gears down to go up the hill and she screamed in frustration and turned to glare at me...and fell off. I THOUGHT she had landed on the cross bar. "You know, I did that once when I was your age, it really hurts" I said sympathetically. She hadn't. She just banged her knee. She can be a bit of a Hollywood too sometimes, her crying indicated something much worse had happened, so I asked her what I could do and she cried out "Stop being Grandpop!!!"
What can I say, apparently I'm my father's daughter (don't tell him I said that he'll think it's hilarious and won't let me forget it!!!)
So that's my happy news. She's pretty sweet about the fact that I'm doing this ride to help raise money for HFF and Starship Foundation. In fact, she wanted to hold a bake sale for the cause at ther school. But at the time we decided her efforts would be better spent raising money for the kids in Kaikoura (this was just after the earthquake) so she did that and it was pretty successful. I think they managed to raise just over $500.
I did do a short training ride this morning (as well as the two today with Rhi) just up Gurney Road. I just about needed a gurney with all the heavy breathing I felt like I was about to expire. Or maybe I just needed a phone so I could prank call someone. Either would've worked fine. In my opinion, even though it's shorter, I think Gurney Road was harder than Blue Mountains.
I'm not sure how many more rides I'll do before I fly out. Apparently we're supposed to be tapering. So I'm focussing on packing (lightly) I've ordered my shakes and CR7 so hopefully they'll arrive tomorrow. I've raided my store room for protein bars and Lift Off (caffeine to help activate my fat stores for endurance, that will be handy on this ride) and slowly putting things together in a pile ready for packing. Tomorrow I get my cycle shorts so there better be some sunny days between now and then so I can try and get my legs a darker shade of white. Otherwise the other riders are going to need to make sure they have a decent pair of sunnys...just saying.
So now it's time for sleep. Or maybe I'll lie here and try and work out how I'm going to throw together a last minute fundraiser garage sale before I go. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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