Things in Mazama are great and I can't wait to tell you everything I've been up to!!!
For starters, I've been doing something active everyday after work. For example, my awesome aunt & her friend took me mountain biking yesterday for the first time. While it was incredibly challenging and I was practicially in tears at parts (gear shifting + out of shape + being overly emotional + pride= Choking Back of Mandi Tears), it was incredible & I couldn't wait to go again. It was just soooo beauuuuutiful and sometime (you know-- when I'm not falling over on hills because I'm in the wrong gear) I plan to take it all in!!!
Probably to my Aunt's amazement, I had such a good time I wanted to go again today on my own. The SUPER FUN part is that I decided I was going to learn how to use bike shoes. They clip you onto the bike and you have to twist your feet to lock yourself out of them! I hear from my aunt they're a bit tricky to learn but that's CRAZY TALK!!! Look at these fancy shoes!!! They're like my childhood tap shoes! I love to tap dance of COURSE I'll love these biking shoes!!!
I was kind of scared but figured-- how else am I going to learn? I decided to throw myself in! Besides, I'm like-- SUPER coordinated...
I was clipped in, chugging along and even mentally high fived myself until, about a half mile in, I somehow shifted to the easiest gear of all time during a slight incline. I'm pedalling like a mad person and think, "Oh, shoot, this isn't happening--I've got to get down!!" I go to step down and guess what!? MY TAP SHOES ARE CLIPPED IN TO THE @#^*%@$%^$#%^ BIKE!!!
It was slow motion... Like a short, plump redwood tree, my pride and body were chopped down as I thought to myself "MY AUNT WAS RIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" and completely fell over. I laughed and thought, "Huh. Well, that's what happens when you stay clipped in. Okay, cool. Just gotta clip yourself out."
"You're a 34 year old woman. You're mother had four kids when she was 34. You're riding a bike, for crying out loud. Lots of people bike, you can do this. It's super easy. Calm. Don't be irrational. No biggie, you got it."
I fell over AGAIN!!! I just could not figure it out with the gears and the shoes and the pedaling and the BIKING!!!!
I fell over again.
And again. This is all on the same part of the street, mind you... Me falling over repeatedly. Pretty awesome.
Finally, I think my fifth or sixth time as I'm about to fall over, I managed to clip myself off of the bike BUT! It's too late... Not only do I completely slide across the gravel & eat dirt cause I'm going downhill but I keep rolling down until I'm at the bottom of a ditch. (It was a short ditch).
But I TOTALLY ACTION FILM ROLLED IT INTO A DITCH!!!!! BAD ASS!!!
Aaaaaand painful. ;) If you even knew how much my can hurts...
Anyway, I took these about two hours after I got home. I've got a bunch of scratches not pictured cause they're all pretty tame. This last picture is the one that hurts the most. You can't really tell in the picture but there's a round swollen black & blue mark forming under the scratch on my wrist. It feels like I got nailed with a hammer. It has serious potential to be really pretty in a day or two!!! I do declay-ah!
Sooooo I'm thinkin' we're gonna go for the normal pedals tomorrow. Or maybe next week. Oh my God, my ass hurts so bad... ;)
'As you wiiiiiiiiiiiish,'