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Pulling the Bike Trailer (things aren’t always as they appear)

Owen (nearly 2 years old now) loves to ride in the bike trailer while I do my training rides. It’s a killer workout for me and he likes to see the various vehicles on the road as we cruise along. In exchange, at the end of the ride, he gets tocrawl aroundin my car turning on hazard lights, adjusting mirrors and seats, etc. It works out well for both of us.

Cody and I alternate who pulls depending on who needs an easy workout and who needs a hard workout (the hard workout would be pulling the bike child trailer, duh). It hasbeen a great system, but we’ve discovered on the days that I pull and Codycoasts alongside, the average personwe come in contact with during our workout doesn’t seem to readily understand our system. As a matter of fact, most seem to think Cody isa complete jerk which is especially funny because Cody is one of the nicest people you will ever meet (and over-the-top supportive of me maintaining some sort of life outside of being a mommy).

As we were finishingour ridetoday, coming up the final hill, we passed a man and woman. I was completely cooked because I had decided to do hill repeats and Cody was completely fresh. He was chattering away while I huffed along sideonly able to answer him with grunts and wheezes(you can probably imagine how slow I was going with 50 extra pounds hanging on and how easyCody’s ride was as a result).The woman looked like she felt sorry for me and the man sarcastically said, “looks like someone’s getting a workout, and it’s not him!” It’s not the first time someone has said something like that.

We always get a laugh out of it and continue to amuse ourselves by coming up with completely inappropriate responses (that we of course never actually say to theconcerned citizen) like – “I’m making her do this because she ate a cookie this morning” or “can you go a little faster, I’m not getting a workout”…things that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

It’s really interesting how people can seethe same situation but draw such different conclusions.We fill in the blanks withour own assumptions – true or not. What one person sees as some jerk making his wife pull the kid up a long hill, is actually a very supportive husband trying to keep his wife motivated as she tries to get back into shape after having a baby. Hummm, maybe a little life lesson there…things aren’t always as they appear.

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1 Kimberly Truitt { 05.11.09 at 4:27 pm }

Really appreciate this post, Mary. This is hilarious. It is always interesting to see (or hear!) what conclusions/judgments people make about women on their bicycles. Throwing a child, a trailer and a husband in there just raises the bar! If I ever find myself with kids, I hope I can continue to shred- kids in tow. Cheers. :) – Kimberly

2 Tamara { 05.27.09 at 7:32 pm }

My husband and I also ride together and often times I pull the kids for the harder workout. We too have been faced with some pretty dirty looks and harsh comments. I love your come-backs! Keep up the hard work! I so enjoy riding with my family and love the extra hard workout of pulling my girls!

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