When I started working my coworkers introduced me to what they call their decades…There’s the light 20’s…mid 20’s…heavy 20’s…or whatever decade of existence you’re in. Well this weekend I entered my heavy 20’s at the Clarksburg Crit, but that’s not how I started out my birthday week. J
The week started with an awesome group ride with Jeff, Shawn, and JR out in Morgantown. Jeff and I needed some pre-ride fueling so we headed to Rising Creek Bakery for some baked goods. Making a decision on what to get was a little difficult since everything looked and smelled amazing! Still wishing I tried one of those macaroons, but the banana bread with icing was just what I needed to keep me going for three hours.
|Just a few of the delicious treats from Rising Creek Bakery|
Last year, I opted to work on my birthday. This year I opted to take a four day weekend! Probably one of the best ideas I’ve had lately. I don’t think I stopped moving the entire weekend.
Saturday was the Clarksburg Crit. It was a perfect day with sunny skies and weather we haven’t seen in Pittsburgh in over half a year! Dynamic Physical Therapy had a great day with multiple podium finishes. I don’t think I could have asked for a better birthday present then going 1 - 2 at the crit with my teammate, Cara.
Sunday started a little rough with a 630 wakeup call after a night out celebrating at dinner with my girl friends. Dinner at Eleven was a blast!!! Wine, good food, and great company is always the perfect combination! Let’s not forget about Chocolate Stout Cake…. (I may have eaten it for breakfast this morning--thank you Christine). But after some coffee (and prayers that I wouldn’t die) I was ready for my first ride.
|What a good looking group of ladies, right? ;)|
JR, Shawn, Jeff, Stephanie, Gerry, and I headed out on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Stephanie said at the beginning “it’s always an adventure on a JR ride”. Man, was she right! I went to bed last night thinking “what the heck did I just do?!” …”wow, I’m glad I survived”. I don’t think anyone realized that unless you tell me to get off and walk because it might be a little too difficult for a first time ride, I’ll just follow the group and try to do whatever they’re doing. Having JR say “you are the best first time mountain biker I have ever seen” makes me feel pretty darn good. Who knew 18 years of gymnastics would make me a somewhat decent first time mountain biker! I’m very thankful for good body awareness. Nothing like endo-ing for the first time and being able to catch the bike before it lands on your head. (Sorry about crashing your bike multiple times, Stephanie.) I will say I’m a little disappointed Jeff didn’t have the GoPro with him; we would have had a couple nice falls on tape…Next time.
Water break post endo. Stephanie said "we need to see blood today"...There was definitely some blood shed. :)
(Yes, that is a My Little Pony on Gerry's bike..he's a Brony)
It’s been five years since I’ve been on a team. While I never thought anything could compare to the companionship and camaraderie I had on Temple Gymnastics being on DPT has surpassed all expectations and the season is just beginning! Can’t wait for more adventures.
Tomorrow it’s back to business, but I can’t thank everyone enough for making this one of my best birthdays yet!