Today I turned 40. In my book, that should be a big deal. But the reality is that it is really just another day. The good news is that it gave me a bit of an excuse to be selfish this weekend. Friday night, we left the kids and headed out for dinner where we could hold a conversation without being interrupted. We enjoyed our appetizer, a drink for me (that actually wasn't that good for the $6.50 price tag) and our meal - all while enjoying each other too. Then we headed over to a dueling piano bar and had a few more drinks (at equally disturbing prices). But we go out very seldom so I figure it was OK to splurge. We laughed and sang along. When we got there about nine, we brought down the average age. That gradually dropped throughout the evening until the bar was fairly full of kids that could have been ours had our birth control failed when we were dating.
We got home about one choosing not to close the place down. I think if some of our friends had joined us (as they were invited, but it just didn't pan out), we'd have stuck it out. But 40 isn't 20, so we came on home. I slept in a bit and then had some breakfast before heading out for 10+ miles on the bike. Hadn't gone in two weeks and was overdue. I felt warmed up about the time I got home. Doh! I chilled out after a nice shower and watched a movie as my husband napped. I also received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from my sister which made me feel very special.
|Not a terrible shot of the pretty day considering I was riding and my phone does not have two cameras|
|The card reminded me that I am "Forty and Fabulous!"|
We got there with plenty of time to get registered and hang out. The weather was perfect (if a little warm at the start). I said hi to Lukas Lamb from Team Virtus and a couple other people I knew. We took a picture or two and then stood in line for the bathroom.
|Susan and me pre-race - What a good friend!|
|Cool bridge in singletrack - obviously we treated the term "race" rather loosely|
This morning I got up early to head out with Walter for a ride around town. It was relatively cool with low humidity still and little wind - in other words, perfect! Who knew August could be so nice! We had to do a jiggity-jog through downtown as some streets were blocked off for the state championship crit. We rode pretty slow and easy, spinning up the hills and not particularly pushing on the flats. Garmin said our average speed was under 12 mph which seems a bit hard to believe though there are plenty of hills to drag that down. I broke 40 mph on the last big downhill though. Wahoo! We didn't stop too much though we seemed to hit red lights like crazy. Walter is super positive and relatively fun to ride with. I know he would ride faster if I wanted to, but is equally happy to just get 23+ miles in before church.
|Me and my "bike dad" after 23.1 miles|
Back at home, my husband served me smoked brisket and rice and peaches for dinner. Very yummy. I finished it off with a candy bar I got this morning (Hershey's Almonds - favorite!). Not a bad weekend to celebrate 4 decades on this earth. It's a good thing as I've been a bit down the last week or so as I was annoyed that none of my friends could commit to going out with us Fri and was sad as I thought about all of the loss I've experienced in this decade of my life. I also was a bit sad to think about all that changes the next ten years will bring. By the time I am 50, my kids will basically be grown and I'm sure the losses will continue. Such is the passage of time.
Working on scanning in some pictures from my dating/engagement/marriage to share for tomorrow's anniversary (yes, I got married the day after my 22nd birthday - nothing like birthday cake at the rehearsal dinner, right?) God, we had no idea how young we were! Should be worth a laugh.
Swimming = 10.25 mi
Biking = 1060.8 miles
Running = 141.8 miles