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Cycling Moms -How do you do it?

I spent two and a half weeks in my home town of Grand Rapids, MI and received a wonderful dose of pseudo-motherhood. Meaning: helping my pregnant sisterwho was on bed-rest with house work and trying to keep her two year old occupied. To all of you cycling mom’s out there…I don’t know how you do it! (Just so you know, my sister is doing well and had a beautiful baby girl the day before I left. )

I am writing as a tribute to all of you cycling moms, again: how do you do it? I was able to bring my bike to Michiganand only rode whenmy sister said I could, it wasn’t snowing,and little Jacky (the two year old) was taking a nap. Every morning, I woke up to Jacky playing with his cars in the living room. As soon as he saw me, he would yell, “No! No! auntCawwie, my cars!” Oh well, I’ll make breakfast, try to change Jacky’s diaper and get him dressed. This may seem like no big deal, but when you’re NOT the mom and you’retrying to do motherly things….it’s a big deal!

Training and riding for me had to go on the back burner. I had laundry to fold, a kitchen to clean, dinner to make, and it was time to take Jacky to the park. I was grateful to get even an hour ride in, and some days when I did get the chance to ride I was too tired.

With my small dose of pseudo-motherhood,I have developed a great appreciation for cycling moms!

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1 Mary Hall { 04.16.09 at 10:22 pm }

Thanks for the shout out to us moms, Carrie. Your post AND your comment last week about me looking thinner – you are definitely my new best friend! 😉

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