Our family had fun on Saturday when we drove to Waldo, Ohio to participate in the Hot Tamale Bike Ride! It was Rich’s first long ride and the rest of us went to support and cheer him on. The kids and I biked 9 miles…their longest ride yet! I was so proud of them! Even when they were tired or their tushy hurt, they didn’t complain <much> and followed right behind me. Rich persevered and finished his 62 mile ride, too. It was so hard to do the turn around for the family ride. I soooo wanted to keep going and do a longer ride.
I love that our family is active and the kids are not against doing these type of activities. I can’t help but think back to a year ago when neither Rich nor I were doing much. I had started training for a mini triathlon and wanted him to get into shape. I can be a worry wart and I tend to be that way with my family. I want him to be around for a long time!! I think I was starting to nag him and so I backed off and just did my thing. I was so excited when he began biking and enjoyed it.
I look at us now and smile at how far both of us have come. Here I am…running, biking, swimming. I’ve finished a half marathon, doing a sprint triathlon and am loving every minute of it! 🙂 Even on my rest days, I am itching to get out and get some kind of exercise in. Like my title says, I feel like I am becoming an athlete! I wonder if there will be some sort of “aha” moment when I feel like I’ve totally arrived and and can truly call myself one. I pray that I will be able to continue to keep up this active lifestyle for the rest of my life.
How about you? Do you call yourself an athlete? Do you see yourself staying active for life?