summer cycling: it’s finally here
Well, dare I say it? Summer is finally upon us and I couldn’t be happier. Everyone kept warning me that I would hate being in my third trimester once it’s hot, but for now, after the long months of winter here in the Midwest, I’m thrilled to be enjoying the sun and heat and lush foliage all around. I also love being able to just throw on a sundress and hop on my bike and go (the bigger I get, the nicer it is to have less layers and waistbands to deal with).
Last week, I rode the 1.5 miles to my campus library to put in some research and writing hours away from home and I stopped to take these pictures on the way. The beautiful purple flowers by my house were just too lovely to ignore.
I stopped and had Fiona model for me, doesn’t she look gorgeous with this backdrop? This was my first time riding Fiona in a long time, as I’ve been using my Peugeot Mixte for “longer” bike rides (i.e. anything between 3-10 miles). The Mixte has thinner tires and is lighter, and thus requires less effort in propelling her forward. But since I was only doing a quick 3 mile round trip to the library and back, I opted for the Raleigh Sports and her upright seating. Ah, was that upright position comfortable! I definitely noticed that it made cycling with a 31 week baby belly easier, but I also rode much slower with Fiona being a heavier bike (we’re talking about 40 lbs here).
Another new development: everytime I hopped off the bike, my belly would meet with the cupholder I have attached to the handlebars. I eventually flipped it up to create more room. I think I’ll be retiring that little accessory until my girth takes on lesser proportions. I have to laugh every time these things happen. I never thought of myself as rotund before, but every time I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror these days, the words that come to mind are “roly-poly”. I wouldn’t change it for the world though :)
Here’s to summer cycling!