|Kiki and her friend, Leona, at Memorial Park.|
|Boise foothills right out our door.|
It feels good to be back in the mountains.
About a month ago, Danny bought a mountain bike. It's red and fancy and perfect for exploring the miles of single-track trails right out our back door. He hasn't gotten to ride it as much as he would like - the first year in practice is pretty demanding - but I know it will become a favorite pastime of his. So many of our friends ride bikes here that it only seems natural to take up the sport.
I had to see what this mountain biking was all about. So, I summoned the most knowledgeable, enthusiastic biking couple we know, Ben and Lizzy, (who happen to be some of our best friends in Boise) to a double date. Wearing helmets.
We both arranged babysitters for our girls. And Ben arranged a carbon-framed "Niner" demo for me to ride from G-Fit Studio.
|Dan and me on the trail.|
I have to admit that I was nervous. This was the first "scary" activity I have done since getting pregnant with Kiki over 2 summers ago. I am admittedly a timid person when it comes to adrenalin-releasing sports. I was proud of myself for pushing past my comfort zone (is this a new theme for me??).
I quickly learned that gear changing isn't intuitive on a mountain bike. There were so many gears and levers to pull or push to make it easier or harder... Going downhill is terrifying - I may have worn out those breaks. And boy did my bum hurt for two days after riding. But it felt good to be outside, doing something active, for me!
|Dan, Lizzy (leading the pack) and me.|
We celebrated the ride with beers and lunch at 10 Barrel Brewery in Downtown Boise. We parked our bikes and sat in the warm sun, on a beautiful premature Fall-ish day. This is why we live in Boise.