Riding again

I’ve been riding a bit more since I have this extra time off thanks to Congress (I’m furloughed).  I had a great ride at Minor Park today, and hopefully can get some more rides in this weekend but it’s pretty action packed.

Doesn’t get much better than this…

My legs/lungs/heart are in sad, sad shape.  I guess that’s what happens when you take 10 months off or so.  But I feel like they are getting a little better.  There are few joys in my life greater than when I’m going fast on a bike.  It’s so invigorating and liberating.  Especially when you are riding well and in the zone.  Awesome.  I’ve gotten a few short bursts of that since I started back up, and it’s pretty addicting.  I do remember when I was in decent shape a couple of years ago and was an ok racer.  I had some speed, some handling, but there clearly was a large gap between myself and the guys who rode 100+ miles a week.  Not to belittle my efforts and accomplishments, but that’s a TON of work to keep yourself in real, competitive race shape.  Like you need to be on the bike 6 days a week.  It just didn’t mean that much to me and I got tired of being tired.  But now I’m round-shaped and ready to get back into some other shape.

Enough about that.

AB lost his 3rd tooth a couple of days ago, I tried ripping it out of his head but that just ended in tears.  He woke us up at 3am that night to let us know it came out.  We’ve been waiting at least 4 months for that thing to finally wiggle out.  It is his top front tooth, and has been loose for as long as I can remember.  The other top front tooth has been loose about the same amount, and hopefully it’ll pop out here fairly soon.  Not that I’m anxious to go visit the ortho, but I’m interested in seeing what kind of budget trauma we’ll have to sustain.

AB wouldn’t open his mouth to show off his gappy tooth, so Kieran volunteered

We are going to see the Miami Heat tomorrow night, and then a bevy of soccer games, swim lessons, and AB is getting his 3rd grade bible tomorrow.  I think it’s one of those things that he might not appreciate for awhile, but the most important thing I could ever teach him is that the world is much, much bigger than him, and there is something real that binds it all together.  The sooner he appreciates those two facts, the sooner he can find lasting happiness, which is what any parent wants for their child.

There is always more to write, but I felt I should at least write something since it’s been a bit, and I haven’t had a good excuse not too.  I’ve more or less enjoyed my time off, but it’s about time to get back to work (which is going to be a disaster of epic proportions), and I want to make sure we get back paid.  We have some float, but I’d just as soon use it to cover something we did, rather than congressional ineptitude.

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