It's Saturday! The question is ... what will you choose to do with this wonderful day?
I spent last Saturday afternoon around the house - cooking, cleaning and - organizing. It was a great way to spend the afternoon. I felt very accomplished as I crossed things off of my "to do" list.
Saturday afternoon, Ryan casually mentioned that he was going to go for a bike ride. I think it was the cleaning solutions blurring my brain because I immediately said "I'll go too." What??? A bike ride with Ryan? Was I crazy? What in the would even made me think that I could keep up with my ultra athletic 17 year old son on a mountain bike?
I was so excited about getting to spend a couple of hours hanging out with him that all reasoning left my brain. I was purely focused on the one on one time with Ryan and I really had no idea how in the world I was ever going to stay with him on a bike. It didn't matter, we were going to be together - at least in the truck ride to and from the park anyway.
We loaded up the bikes and headed to a mountain bike course that I had never ridden before - the Horsepark. (How hard could it be?) Ryan warned me that it was a challenging trail but he thought I could handle it. Ryan had confidence in me - how could I let him down?
Within a half mile of riding on solid granite - I realized that I was in WAY over my head. I was absolutely terrified. All I could picture as I was careening down the giant rock was how long it was going to take me to recover when I flipped over the handle bars of my bike and broke my collar bone. Had I really agreed to a death defying bike ride just to spend a couple of hours with my son?
I am happy to report that Ryan took mercy on me and went really slow while I squeezed my brakes so hard that I couldn't feel my fingers while I made my way down the steep hills. He stopped and waited for me at the top of each hill while I huffed and puffed my way to the top.
In spite of the difficult terrain, the terrifying hills, the steep climbs and solid rock surrface, I managed to come out of the course without any major injuries. I had conquered the hill - the 1996 Olympic mountain bike course! I was feeling very accomplished AND Olympic. For the rest of the day, I referred to myself as an Olympian. (he he he)
I don't plan to take any death defying mountain bike rides today but I'm sure that my day will still be filled with excitement and fun. Most importantly, no matter what I do, I'll get to do it with my family - what could be better?
Need a great, quick lunch to make for your family this weekend? Try this crab salad - it's really good.
Crab Salad with Peaches and Avocados
1 pound fresh lump crab meat
2 Tablespoons lemon zest
1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
5 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup celery, diced
2 green onions, sliced
5-6 medium peaches, chopped or sliced
1 Tablespoon honey
3 medium avocados, diced
Whisk together lemon zest, mayonnaise, mustard and 1 Tablespoon lemon juice.
Fold in jalapeno, celery and green onions.
Add crabmeat. Season with salt and pepper.
Stir together peaches and 4 Tablespoons lemon juice.
Reserve 3 cups peaches. Pulse remaining peaches and honey in food processor.
Spoon pureed peach mixture onto plates. Top with diced avocado, sliced peaches and then crab mixture.
Today's your day - what will you do with it?