Bicycling (Commute) 46:46 12.43 mi (3:46 / mi) slept:5.75 weight:179.5lbs
From Northfield Rd., Bethesda, MD, to Arlington Ave., to 12th & C St. SW, Washington, D.C. It's Spring Break for Max. While Peggy and I still need to work, for Max it's Wheel Day at his before/after care. He got his choice of bringing a remote control car, skateboard, scooter, or bicycle--he chose his bicycle. Since it's going to be a nice day, I wanted to ride too. Deciding to do that my only basic choice to get Max to school with his bicycle was was to let him ride it. We went slowly and walked across the busier intersections. He did pretty well though I rode holding onto his handlebars when going uphill to keep him steady and give him a hand. Though he was not exactly in full control all of the time, Max crashed only once, brushing a curb at low speed and sort of staying on his feet onto the grass as his bicycle went down. He gets distracted too easily, looses focus, and looses balance. While riding he was trying to tell me a rememberance that he thought was funny. I'd have liked to laugh along with him but was torn between trying to keep him from falling and letting him experience the joy of the freedom of riding. He must have been enjoying it because he took a moment to verbalize that this was his first day riding to school (on his own bike).
After getting Max to school I took off. I finally fixed-up my commuter bike so I was on it. I was surprised that I was moving pretty well. At one point I thought I might have had a tailwind but the winds were actually calm. I kept a good cadence going the whole way. My time was pretty quick considering that I rode 1.1 miles with Max for over 11:30 minutes.
Bicycling (Commute) 43:05 11.89 mi (3:37 / mi)
From 12th & C St. SW, Washington, D.C. to Northfield Rd., Bethesda, MD. I had a tailwind for a while and did some good spinning. After a detour at the flooding waterfront and the the traffic in Georgetown, I kept moving quickly. However I just as quickly got passed by 2 people. I didn't want to work too hard but I did keep up a good effort. Like earlier this month, I started running out of energy just before River Rd. The effect of the tailwind seemed to diminish long before at about Canal Rd. As I cruised into home trying to keep my average pace up, I saw Peggy and Max walking back from the park.
Max wasn't into going to the QOC meet at McKeldin today and I was not feeling that energetic either. I used the time in the morning to work on house projects and despite the better weather, Max wanted to go swimming. He's getting better and can sort of kick and backfloat across the pool now. We hit our share of slides but Max also ventered into the deepest waters of the kid section without absolutely needing me.
From Northfield Rd., to Old Georgetown Rd. via Greenwich Park, to W. Cedar Ln. to the Elmhirst Pkwy. Trail, to Cedar Ln. W. to the Rock Creek Trail at Beach Dr. After Peggy returned from her trip, I took a run down to Rock Creek where she took Max down play. With this beingt a short run, I pushed a bit. The weather was great but it was also primarily downhill.
From Northfield Rd., to Old Georgetown Rd. to Johnson Ave. to Heamsteadt Ave. to McKinley Ave. to Garfield St. to Roosevelt. Ave. to Jefferson St. to Northfield Rd. While Max was at a birthday party, I went for a short run in some light rain. The heavier stuff came later. We had to detour around a downed tree blocking Falls Rd. when I drove Max back.
From Northfield Rd., I ran along side Max again as he practiced riding his bicycle. We went to Bradley Hills ES and back again. He wanted to play tag and my self-inflicted handicap was to tag him with my nose. Later we tried to call Peggy for a birthday congratulation.
Max hadn't ridden on his own bicycle since last year. We got all set to try a ride together when I realized before we really left the house that he had more or less lost the skill to ride on his own. I think the larger bicycle we got for him after he learned to ride on the small one (it was too small) last year, was a bit too large for him to comfortably start and stop. I changed clothes and shoes and ran along side of him to help him re-learn the skill. I think he was too tired. His focus wasn't there. He would get distracted by the slightest thing and wasn't the least bit worried about looking away or falling since I was holding him up. Giving him freedom, I had to make several close saves. As we got to the flatter land approaching Bradley Elementary, his focus improved and we rode completely around that school. Of course, there was an obligatory stop at the playground--Max played tetherball with some others. I don't think he really had done that before. He rode back home almost completely by himself. I helped him when stopping/starting at intersections and uphills.
45 situps. I intended to ride on rollers but I realized that I hadn't yet retrieved my road bike from my locker at the metro station. I had left it there on Friday when we went out for dinner and errands after work. I had been unable to fix the broken spoke on my commuter bicycle since the spoke I purchased turned out to be too short by a few millimeters.