Hoping for a day to remember

I was up late last night. That was partly due to the fact that I wasn’t able to start my trainer workout until after 9 PM. It was also due to the excitement of Thing Two.

The training went well. It was a short one, but a tough one. My coach called for me to warm up for 15 minutes working up to 260 watts. Then I was to go steady between 275 and 300 watts for 20 minutes. The last portion of the workout was a 10 minute cool down. The core of the workout – the 20 minute section – was to be at T-cadence: the revolutions per minute where I am at optimal performance. For me, that is around 95 – 98 rpm.

I pretty much nailed it with an average of 287 watts. The average cadence was 97 rpm. While it was hard – my current Functional Threshold Power is 285 watts – I felt that I could have kept it going for a bit more. It was encouraging.

Coming upstairs I tried to wind down a bit for bed. The kids were in their beds, but I could tell that Thing Two was restless. I spoke to him and then left to shower.

Later – around 10:45 PM – I went into the kitchen and who should appear? Thing Two. “I’m not tired,” he said. “Are you too excited to sleep?” I asked. “No” he replied in his crackling, changing voice. I knew immediately that he was.

Even after I got in bed he came knocking on the door. This time I sent his mom to deal with him. This was not because I didn’t want to deal with him. It was because he always seems to respond better to her when we tried to get him to sleep. Thankfully, this time it worked!

So, why was he so excited?

Tony Martin wins Paris-Nice

Tony Martin wins Paris-Nice by Jonathan Pait, Jr.

Today, I am taking off work for the afternoon. I’m taking Thing Two out of school. I’m going to pick him up when his class leaves for lunch. Then we’re going to grab a bit to eat together before we head out for a ride on the Swamp Rabbit Trail. We’re going to ride all the way to TR and stop for a cup of coffee. Then we’ll head back to Greenville.

Once we get back, I’m going to take him to a photo shoot where he’ll get a picture taken of him and his bicycle. Of course, he’ll be wearing this Low Cadence kit for the photo. I really hope it will be a fun day for him.

Thing Two doesn’t talk much. It is really hard to find out what is going on inside his head. I’ve always wondered what he thinks about cycling. The great fear is that I will push something on him that he doesn’t enjoy.

Sometimes He will express himself with his pen. He enjoys drawing and at 10-years old, he has free handed some pretty neat stuff. That is why it was really cool to see the ruled paper sketch he drew for me. It was a scene from the final stage of Paris-Nice. He had watched the race in bits and pieces with me. Of course, he didn’t say much about it. I think the picture does the talking for him.

I won’t lie. I hope today is an incredible day for him. I want it for him. I want it for me. I want it for us.

Cycling is an activity that the two of us can do together for years to come. It doesn’t have to be racing. But it is entirely possible that we could be riding together when I’m 65 and he is in his thirties. Who knows, I might still be able to beat him up Paris Mountain. 🙂

Maybe he will choose a different outlet for recreation and physical exercise. Whatever he chooses I am behind him 100%. The years to come will reveal the tale. For today, I just hope it is a day to remember as we turn those pages.