Thursday, November 25, 2010
It's Thanksgiving Day, and its cold and windy outside. We are due at a friend's house at 3 pm but my share of the meal is ready to go as I cooked yesterday. My plan for today was to get in a long bike ride (20 miles) in the morning, eat a healthy breakfast and lunch and then head over for Thanksgiving dinner with a food plan in mind.
When I awoke at 4 am the winds were howling and I could hear the rain... uh-oh. I went back to sleep thinking I could always go to the gym later. Then at 8 I got up and looked outside - the sun was shining brightly but the winds were definitely blowing. I really wanted to ride today since I figured traffic would be lighter this morning than on other days... Thinking of my friends in Wisconsin who were going to brave frigid temps, icy paths and howling winds in order to run in their local Turkey Trots I told myself a bit of wind shouldn't stop me from working out.
DH saw me dressing and looked at me with despair, as if to say "really"? I told him I needed to do this but he could stay home and watch football if he'd rather... his ego wouldn't allow that, so he joined me in donning cycling clothes. We got our bikes out and hit the road by 9... 46 degrees and who-knows-how-hard winds blowing, and off we went. 10 miles of rolling hills to the local farm stand, a short rest in the sunshine and back we headed. The winds were increasing, or maybe we were just feeling them more, mostly from our side but occasional head winds too... the hills seem much worse in this direction as there are more ups than downs when we head back, but we made it to our local Starbucks (at mile 17) and got warmed up.
It was here that I really felt good about being out on my bike on Thanksgiving day... Nearly every person who headed in or out of Starbucks had something nice to say to us about being out riding, particularly in this weather (OK, I admit it. We are spoiled rotten by the weather in SoCal and today was not ideal for us in spite of it being enviable to many of you). One couple started talking to us about last night's Biggest Loser special, about how the former contestants are now athletes, running marathons and entering triathlons. All I could do was smile... I've run marathons and I'm training for triathlons... and I'm an Athlete too!
Dang, that felt good. Something else to be thankful for!