Exercising for Two!

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September 17, 2006 at 9:26 pm

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With an 80% chance of thunderstorms and flash flooding, Justin’s weekly group 40- to 50-mile road bike ride was cancelled this morning.

When no such storms materialized by 10 AM, Justin suggested a walk at a nearby park I had yet to check out ( on Stone Oak Parkway.)

We walked 2.07 miles in 37 minutes 55 seconds and got to check out the two cave entrances in the park. (Never fear — one cave is grated shut, so all I did was stand on the edge of the grate and peer in; the other cave entrance is larger and has trees growing in it, so I just wandered around the stonework wall that protects it.)

We had our GPS units in tow so you can check out a , including time, distance, speed, elevation and even weather at the time of our walk!

Later in the day, Justin mentioned he might want to go do a “quickie solo road ride,” and because I’m not very keen on him cycling on San Antonio’s roadways solo, I offered to join him. (I trust him to be safety-conscious. I do not, however, trust the drivers on the roadways, since they cannot even behave properly around other motorized vehicles, much less pedestrians and cyclists!)

After a brief discussion about where we might ride, we mutually decided the safest place for pregnant me would be Hollywood Park. Since Justin’s parents live in Hollywood Park, he called and invited them on the ride as well. Thankfully, I have one pair of bicycle shorts that should remain comfortable to wear for the foreseeable future, even though my abdomen’s starting to get noticably firmer/larger. I can’t use the “I’m just bloated,” excuse any longer!

Anyway, we met up with Justin’s parents and began the ride our nephew, Tanner, has named the “HP5″ (Hollywood Park 5 Mile) in honor of the

Justin will be riding in October. Justin’s mom did terrific, completing all the hills she had to stop and rest for on previous rides, and Jack of course kept pace as always.

I even got out of the saddle to give Justin a (short) run for his money up the hill by the swimming pool, but quickly realized my stamina is nil.

In total, we rode 5.95 miles in 37 minutes and 10 seconds. All the stats from our bicycle ride are here: .

… and that rain that never came during the day? Well, now, here it is!

P.S. I tagged this entry with “Knee Health” as a reminder that even 1.75 years after ACL reconstruction, partial

and meniscus repair, my left (post-op) knee still whines a little when I push it by walking, hiking or biking after an absence.

It’s not painful, just a dull aching reminder that exercise really does do a body good. Blood flow increases, cartilage and tendons get massaged, muscles get warmed up and energy levels increase. It’s good mind- and body-altering stuff, and it’s legal and safe during pregnancy. You can’t beat that!

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September 19, 2006

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Great ride hon!

That “out of the saddle” time reminded me how you typically tear me up on the mountain bike trails.

Now…let’s go get that bike fit adjusted so you can ride in total comfort!

September 19, 2006

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Agreed. I am so tired of my hands going numb and my elbows and lower back being in pain after a ride… and as sprout starts taking up more room, I’m not even sure how long I’ll be able to lean that far forward comfortably to reach those absurd for-guys-only handlebars.

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