Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Day 142

I have had a ridiculous night sleep with far too many awake hours, and now I have woken up with a crick in my shoulder and neck giving me ANOTHER dreaded headache. Derek had to get up at sparrow's fart for a flight to Sydney so no booticus campicus for me this morning. Instead the kids and I decided to ride the bikes to school.

It's the first time we have taken on this adventure as the school is not in our suburb, but rather a few suburbs away. Luckily we have a great bike path system to make the trip safe. The thing is though that the trip to school is about 6km of steady incline - not a huge hill, but it is uphill all the way. Tahlia powered into it as she is fit and flexible and well stretched. I did it easily because of all my whip-me-till-I-puke hill sprints. Poor old Darbs struggled a bit with his little 6 year old legs starting to cave on the final hill. He did a marvellous job though! There were no complaints, just a little face set in concentration, with a slight frown and lots of forehead sweat. As we pedalled up the last stretch to school I told him the good news was that on the way home it would be all down hill. That did little to budge the funnel between his brows. I stupidly then asked if he would like to ride his bike to school again next week. There wasn't much to his answer, just a very basic and quite forceful "no". Ok then. Perhaps I shouldn't have asked that question while his legs were jelly and battling the final uphill demon. We'll see ....

Anyway, I rode home again and will be setting off again this arvo to collect them for the return trip. As I sit here typing I realise I have a pretty severe case of bike bum and will need to investigate a more female friendly seat in which to nestle my deep fried fanny. The thought of getting back on the horse in a few hours is not all that appealing I've got to say. I won't let on to the kids though because this is all part of their endurance training to get them ready for climbing Mount Kosciusko in a few weeks. At least we should all sleep well tonight ...

A few hours later:

I am sitting at my desk laying hunched back in my chair with my bum hanging off the edge of the seat. Getting back on that bike was absolute agony!! I felt like I had broken bones all through my butt. It feels as though my entire arse is bruised! It feels ok just walking about but getting back on the seat was torturous. Surely it isn't supposed to feel like this? Is bike bum really that bad?! I think I have sprained something. Actually, I think I may have crunched, squished, folded, bruised and sprained lots of things. Anyway, I "sucked it up Princess" and rode the now not-so-gentle incline back to school and escorted the kids home. It is 27 degrees and we are feeling the heat. After a bucket load of water each Darby has declared that he quite simply can't go to tennis this arvo. I have to agree with him. It's time for splat ....

At least the down hill version of the journey has left everyone with a smile on their face. I'm off to get an ice pack. There are bits of me that require some TLC ...

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