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Sunday, June 09, 2013

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I've been lax at updating the blog, but in this instance, it's a good thing. It's indicative of fairly good weather, and opportunities to discover and take advantage of.

A few days ago, we went on our first family ride of a newly finished segment of the Great Allegheny Passage.

The DW typically stayed with Mr. Tiny who was keeping an easy pace while I let Big Boy ride lead and followed behind. Mr. Tiny had it in his head that he wanted to bring his stuffed blue elephant. Luckily for him, we thought it would be a good opportunity on a hot day to test out their hydration packs, so Tiny's blue elephant came with. 13.4 mile ride, out and back.

Shopping for a new rig for Big Boy has become a priority. We saw that he was spinning out his gear on a regular basis and when he felt like it, he could spin up to around a 15-16 mph sprint. The assessment is that he's ready for gears and hand brakes.

Additionally, when he and Tiny were riding around, he showed me he could drift. He'd lock up his coaster brake, lean into it, start drifting, then release so his wheel could spin and be off. Going to have to look for something like an aluminum 6-7 speed, he is probably ready to try singletrack at this point.

Big Boy and Tiny are riding the same 16 inch rigs, and Tiny, ever the fearless one, decided he would try jumping off curbs before I could give him some pointers. He just saw Big Boy do it, and went for it. He has control and surprised me because I was having trouble convincing him at the beginning of the season to even try riding his 12 inch bike (as opposed to his Strider balance bike) and somehow he decided he would try the 16 and he had no problems with it, rode like a champ, and "got" it, though sometimes, out of habit he'll still drag his feet to slow down, instead of engaging his coaster brake.

Here are some pics from that ride.

P.S. We ride single file on the right, this pic was Big Boy and I passing Tiny and the DW, it just turned out well with all of the fam (sans me) in the pic.

Today was Get Outdoors Day, so we went to a state park about an hour away and had the opportunity to do stuff with the kiddos like a Bike rodeo (skills sessions), kayak, fish, and the boys tried archery and fly fishing casting. Great time.

Found some creatine monohydrate on sale at the store and picked it up. I had been playing with the idea of experimenting to see what, if any, effect it would have on my training to increase fast twitch power (and allegedly aid in quicker recovery). I chose not to load, but just use it prior to and after lifting sessions. Saw the expected slight increase in water weight, but seems to have helped with amount of reps and weight I'm able to do. We'll see. I did the research on Mayo online and for the prescribed usage, I'll see if it assists with my goals. If not, no harm, no foul.

Hope you're all having great success with your goals!

Don't forget to prioritize sleep as an element of your programs!
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    Great family time for you! It's so hard to buy bikes for growing boys as you want to get a bigger version to grow into , but not too big that they can't handle it. Love the blue elephant...lol. Looks like summer will be an enjoyable one with everyone able to participate!
    1715 days ago

    Great story and pictures. It won't be long until Tiny and Big Boy will be waiting for dear old dad! Wow what a lot of fun!

    That next step up for Big Boy can cost a few tamales! With five kids, I spent a small fortune on bikes that they outgrew pretty quickly.

    Single track requires a pretty capable bike. Big Boy is going to love hitting the trails.

    Thanks, Bruce
    1715 days ago
    What a pleasure for you, and a privilege, to what these guys grow up and develop skills. Great day outdoors!
    1715 days ago
    It is wonderful to see your family out and about on the bikes. The kids are getting so big; soon they will be taking your breath away as they shoot down hills and around switchbacks, over jumps and across bridges. Good thing their father knows a little something about mountain biking.
    1715 days ago
  • BILL60
    I just love to see families "Do It" together. Keep that up.
    1715 days ago
    Looks like a great day for all! Good on you for coaching your kids so well.

    I use creatine for lifting too. best prices are on Amazon. I use optimum nutrition brand
    1715 days ago
    How cute!
    1715 days ago
    Sounds like a great day! The boys skills are wonderful.
    1715 days ago
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