One year ago, I was cycling three nights a week after work, climbing some of steepest hills in the San Francisco Bay Area to train for our cycling honeymoon.
I was approaching 40 and probably in the best shape in my life. Whew, last year feels like another lifetime, pre-pregnancy, as I rode the Grizzly Peak Century, a total of 73 miles through the hills, and cried through the last mile, my tears mixed with sweat.
Anyone who has given birth (I think that most of my women readers here would raise their hands?) knows that your body doesn’t just, um, bounce back afterwards. Even if you didn’t tear or have an episiotomy (I’m so grateful that I had neither, and gave birth naturally), you need to be patient with yourself.
Recently, six weeks post-birth, I took a spinning class and watched in the mirror as my face turned beet red, but I was glad to be back. My husband says that he can’t wait to get the whole family out for a ride. I need time. To get back into shape. And to gear myself up mentally for cycling outdoors again.
The truth is: spinning indoors, without cars on a bike that doesn’t move, feels safe. With a new baby right now, I’m in mega-protective mode right now about everything. Germs. Pollution. Crossing the street.
When it’s time, however, we’ll all put on our helmets and peddle into the sunshine. Because it’s all about safety. Nutcase Helmets — a very cool company out of Portland Oregon that offers unique cycle, skateboard, inline and scooter helmets — just sent me this adorable watermelon Little Nutty helmet for our little one to wear when she’s old enough to get on the bike:
Tell me how you shed the baby weight and got back in shape. (Guys, you can enter this contest, too! After all, lost of guys gain “empathetic weight” during their partners’ pregnancies!) One winner — to be chosen by Random.org — will be wearing the Mellow Swirl helmet (above) out on the road soon!
So, how’d you get back into shape post-baby?
Or, if you’re exercising again (or, maybe for the first time ever), tell me about it!
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