Yesterday was my youngest's 11th birthday. Tater is my child who is most unlike the others. She is overly sedentary, tends to be physically weak, and emotionally immature. She'll catch up, I know. It is all about growing up, but also about gaining maturity.
But that physically weak thing, that I can do something about. For her birthday, we got her a grown up bike. It is what she wanted, and we've been building up the expectation for it for at least a month. When she got to see it, she was so excited she wanted to ride it right away! The bike was accompanied by a ding-ding bell, and an adapter bar so it will fit on my car's bike rack.
Today, weather permitting, we will be taking a ride together. Of course, I woke up to sunny skies, but a very strong wind, so today's bike ride may be limited to a 10-block jaunt down the street to the library. But it will be better than nothing. My intent is to take her riding with me at least twice a month. These will be the long 10 mile rides, if I can work her up to it. I want to start her out well. She's just hitting the front edge of puberty, and that was when I started to put on weight and become doughy. I don't want that for her.
She will be my first fitness recruit. :)