There is definitely a wedding post in the works, but in the meantime, I just wanted to prove to the world that I’m not dead. Shot taken today by one of the two captains of our dragonboat team:
This weekend is the first of the summer’s three dragonboat festivals for our team, and it started off fantastic. Perfect water, slight tail wind (apparently if we’d raced about a half hour later, the wind would have really given us a boost), and fantastic time coming out of our first heat.
The afternoon, after a heavy downpour and a whole lot of snacking, the air was heavy, and it was tough slogging for everyone: slower times all-round, and the start of soreness.
I admit that in the weeks working up to the festival I was starting to whine a bit about the paddling, the practices, how much time they ate up out of my already-rushed week. It’s a lot of time and work for what is essentially 2 minutes of racing, but I’m so glad for the picture Nadia took because it reminds me of all the other good parts of the festivals: friends, food, sunshine. Also, naps.
It’s not all been over-eating and girly chit-chat though. I got home to a very happy furball — thanks to Mike and Chris for checking in on him! — and, having tended all the critters, got around to the bike my coworker gave me aeons ago.
I’d asked The Boy how to adjust the seat earlier, so I did that first. I still think it’s too high for me, but I’m assuming that’s because I’m a wuss, and I’ll get used to it. Next: the weird shoe-cap things on the pedals had to go. So they did! Thirdly: walk it to a parking lot (happily there’s a school nearby) and figure out the two-gear system without breaking the bike. Well, I did half of it. Unlike The Boy’s bike, this one didn’t freak out when I swapped up the front ones, but sadly the wire connecting the widget up front to the gear-changey-thing (good thing I’m technical, eh?) for the back set (which would probably be the more useful of the two) is snapped.
This makes me sad, partly because I don’t really want to have to ride everywhere in the same gear, or know how to fix it immediately, but more because the folks who did my bike checkup never told me about it. It’s possible the bike was fine and the cable broke at some point, but I really don’t think it’s been under any stress since the checkup.
On the plus side, I’m learning about my bike!