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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

let's talk dirty.

this weekend i did something that made jeffy get all hot & flustered. get your minds out of the gutter, please! it was nothing like that! what i did, probably made him more excited & happy then that ever could... i went mountain biking.

although getting all geared up in my shorts & jersey, helmet & gloves didn't exactly make me feel pretty (or even remotely sexy), jeffy seemed to think i looked pretty hot - or at least that's what he says. i guess it's true what they say... boys like dirty girls.

so there i was, looking totally & completely professional. & yet, i was a jumble of nerves on the inside. the last time i had taken to the hills on my bike, i fell not once, not twice, but three times. & these were full-blown, over-the-handlebars, twisted-up-in-the-bike, dirt-on-your-teeth types of falls. when i realized, just a few days later, that i was pregnant, i decided it was time i hang up the mountain bike, at least momentarily.

this weekend, i decided that it was time for my riding sabbatical to be over. i broke out my riding shoes (classic vans with a rose patch covering the hole from my last bike ride, because i'm way too scared to "clip in" quite yet), strapped on my helmet & straddled the bike. & let me tell you, even with an entire year to work up to this ride, i was still terrified. the feel of the dirt, rocks slip-sliding under the weight of my bike, the fear that at any moment i could (& very possibly would) go flying over the front of the handlebars, made my entire insides shudder with every dip & bump. i did everything i'm not supposed to do, & nothing that i should do. & through it all, i held my breath, & continually prayed that i would make it off the mountain alive.

i did eventually make it off the mountain, but let's just say i descended rather slowly... i don't know if i'll ever be comfortable going fast. give me a hill to climb, any day. but unfortunately, what goes up, must come down. so down i came, grasping the handle bars tight as i can, sticking out my butt as far as i could, with the phrase "i think i can! i think i can!" constantly on the brain.

10 comments:

Shannon said...

you are BRAVE... mountain biking is something that I will probably NEVER do... riding a bike on the street takes all of the courage I can muster up... I'm terrified of falling! :)

Elise said...

Congrats! The first ride back was a little nerve-racking for me too. You'll be back to normal in no time. And I think it's easier when I ride with girls, as opposed to my husband (who can do anything). Let's ride soon!

my name is heather said...

good job girl. and I agree, "clipping in" is terrifying!

NicNacManiac said...

You go girl.....glad you made it off the mountain unscathed...congrats!!

Amy said...

You are so brave! I don't know how they clip in- the thought of that terrifies me! I bet your hubby was sooo excited!

Kelly said...

Congrats for making it out alive! I've never been mountain biking, and I'm pretty sure I could go the rest of my life without it!

Traci said...

hey- my husband is the same about liking dirty girls!!! he loves when i come to ride with him.
he got me into clipless pedals years ago and i say go for it, not as scary as you think and you can learn to do great hops/jumps with your bike!
good luck!!!

Angry Julie Monday said...

Yay!!! Congrats on the first ride!! I won't clip either. It scares me too much! Girl's Rule!

Suz Broughton said...

YAY! Glad you did it even though you were scared. You're a good example to your kids...and yes, boys do like dirty girls. What's up with that?

The Shabby Princess said...

I'm scared of bikes period! Way to go for getting back on it!