She did much better than on previous rides in finding the correct gears to try to keep up with me. I did try to focus on a stupid easy ride, but we ended up averaging about 9.5 mph which I could tell was more of a "medium" pace for her little legs. We stopped once about 3.5 miles in so she could catch her breath and get a drink (she doesn't have a bottle holder on her bike) and then again right before the steep hill on the way back - which, by the way, she managed to pedal up the entire way! I was SO proud! She has never attempted it before - the last time I took her this far, my husband picked her and her bike up about 3 miles in as he wasn't sure she could do it. I should have known she could - she has got wicked strength for someone who doesn't even break 60 lbs!
|Here she is last spring when she got her new bike (with dad)|
Ended up getting in just under six miles which wasn't really the workout I had planned, but she'll remember it as a time her mom put her plan aside and spent time doing something we both like to do together. And that is just fine too. Up early for a charity breakfast with some women engineer friends in Columbia so tomorrow will be my swim day. Yay!
Edit: Forgot to note that it was very breezy today (like flag straight out) and kind of chilly on our bike ride. Days are getting much shorter. I made my daughter wear a light fleece pullover while I stuck with just a tee and am now "getting" why people use arm warmers. I'm going to have to invest in some warmer gear soon.