Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Day 10.210 That's Why
Up until yesterday our high energy sessions took place after his school and homework just before my evening indoor cycling sessions in the PowerBarn. It was a grind for me dealing with traffic, time and temperament, the last mostly mine.
So we decided to give the mornings a try, 20-30 minutes at 0700. This would allow him a brisk cardio and conditioning work-out with ample time for a shower, breakfast and trot up the street to catch the bus. Yesterday was out virgin set and it worked out well, despite him getting a touch light headed at the onset.
This morning we added water, chocolate milk and a couple of juicy strawberries to the pre-workout mix and set about on our way.
His Dad, my brother, was leaving for work when we were out the door on our pre-dawn hike, loaded with backpacks and flashlights. It was raining lightly, a fine mist masking the almost full moon.
His Dad asked us why we were going for a hike in the dark and rain.
It was to be an out and back, about a mile and a half and we immediately began talking about subjects he was learning in school, French, algebra, social studies and civics. He is a smart kid, even amused that I had corrected a homework assignment before our start by circling the word separate that he, like thousands of others had spelled it the way it is pronounced, an e instead of an a.
We got to the bottom of a grade where I emphasized the pace and breathing necessary for this jaunt. I mentioned how clean the air was at this glorious time of day.
I remembered what his Dad had asked as we headed up the driveway.
A coyote pup hurried across the road just ahead of us and seemed to stop half way to look at us.
That's why, I said aloud.