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We spent the night at my mom’s and it was nice waking up to the smell of eggs frying and seeing my mom in her bathrobe. She was happy to be making coffee, eggs and toast for Frankenbutt whom she loves as her own son. He has always called my mom “Ma” and she smiles whenever he talks to her. We enjoyed a bunch of belly laughs as we caught up with one another over breakfast.
Following breakfast, I got to catching up on my blog posts and later in the day napping. It’s so good to relax. I haven’t begun sorting through my snail mail which has been forwarded to my mom’s. I did however get to returning emails and forgive me if you’ve written me and I haven’t responded. In the words of my mom, “you all have been burning the candle at both ends.”
One of my emails was a newsletter from Trek Women’s Bikes who had this tidbit of info:
Ride more, weigh less
Did you know that if you bike two miles a day, you will burn 36,000 calories over the course of a year—the equivalent of over 10 pounds of fat. In fact, the average person loses 13 pounds in the first year of commuting by bike.
I liked reading that. As many of you know, I started this ride well above the weight of the average long distance bicyclist. I happened to get on the scale at Gmom’s house and was shocked to see that I’ve lost about 20 lbs. since the start of the ride! Frankenbutt also lost weight and of course he lost 30 lbs! I know, I know … men always lose more than women easier.
This evening I enjoyed a phone call with my brother who works very hard as a gasoline hauler. He sounded so tired and told me how the hot weather has drained the energy out of him. We still enjoyed some laughs and we hope to share a beer when I return from the Grands in September.
After my dear friend, Ellie, read my “…lest we forget” blog, I received this blog comment from her that is for me and all of our readers:
“It was 2004 when Mullica Hill "Monster Track" was shut down virtually overnight by the land owners. Many families as you said, had lost their local connection. Not everyone travels for races. Local riders are the meat and bones of any track. And they bring their friends, and their families. My kids started racing in 1995, invited by one of the track locals to "come see". My boys are now in their 20's and still ride bmx bikes for street and park riding. Jesse still has his race bike and says he is going to train again.....someday.
BMX is a fun sport, a family sport, and a friendly sport. Anyone who is now reading these blogs, should go watch a race. Go to www.NBL.org and see where your local tracks are, and go watch a race. Find out where the nationals are, and go watch one of them. Watch the pros all the way through the little ones. I have seen riders as young as 3 and as old as 85. Come to the tracks! We would love to see you there and show you what we do!” Well Put, Miss El!