Friday, September 3, 2010
Day 31 - not ready for marathon biking yet
My family is currently on our 11th annual vacation to Mackinac Island and I've been once again reminded that my energy has yet to be completely restored. We arrived here yesterday during a torrential downpour and were forced to ride our bikes (no cars on the island...) to the condo we're staying at. To say we were all soaked and chilled to the bone would be an understatement. To say that I was hungry would be another, since there's not much here to eat if you can't chew. I'm really not sure its completely fair to go on vacation when one member of the family can't enjoy going out to eat, but no one consulted me, so here we are. Today it continued to rain quite hard, which was unfortunate considering it was Rachel's birthday. We did manage to go on a bike ride though, but it was 8 miles long...and this was when I quickly became aware of my lack of stamina. We had barely reached 4 miles before I was winded and feeling a little sick. I've never really been the kind of person who exercises regularly, but I found it rather ridiculous how quickly I became tired. In my defense, I will note that it was extremely windy and it took great strength to ride against it. By the time we got back to the condo, my legs felt like jello and I may or may not have shut myself in my room for a couple hours to lay down. It was not long before my mom called me for dinner, though. I wasn't quite sure how that was going to work out... but I joined my family in walking downtown to some random restaurant anyway. It of course began pouring shortly after we left the house and we found ourselves soaked again. Nothing like sitting in a restaurant with wet jeans plastered to you and your hair dripping onto your shoulders. And in regards to how the food worked out...it didn't really. The menu was very unobliging to those recovering from jaw surgery. All I was able to eat was a small serving of mashed potatoes that came as a side with my mom's dinner. When we got back I was able to eat some scrambled eggs though, so don't worry, I'm not going to die of starvation......yet.