Yesterday, I cruised down the coast with Kelly’s family(dad, brother, and other brother’s girlfriend, to be specific) in the morning, and then took the girls to the beach in the afternoon. I was trying to keep the girls away from the water (very tricky prospect that), so they played at a playground on the beach and then we walked out the pier at Seal Beach. It was warm and sunny with hardly any wind. This is pretty rare. There was also a pretty good swell, so there was lots of action. Saw some dolphins playing too. One of those postcard days, you could see Catalina and Mt. Baldy. It’s like someone is taunting me… knowing it is 25 degrees at home. I won’t succumb!! I can see through the facade!! It’s not really like every day is vacation when you live here!! That’s better. It’s tough though.
Kelly and I have a new-ish tradition/date when we’re in Long Beach whereby we have breakfast at Blackboard Bistro in Seal Beach. We have eaten there quite a few times now, but I would say it’s only now becoming a solid “must do” every time we come to town. Normally, we ride there… it’s only a few miles from Kelly’s folks place, but that somehow justifies eating a 6000 calorie breakfast. Today, what with Kelly being all knocked up and what-not, we skipped the riding part and just ate the ten ton breky. Holy gut bomb, that was good. I sincerely recommend it. As an added bonus, it is directly on the most frequently bicycled stretch of road in the country (I read that somewheres), so you can sit outside and you’ll probably see someone you know to heckle as they ride by.
We strolled down Main Street and out the pier. It was warm and sunny again, but the waves had come down quite a bit since yesterday, and it was more crowded.
Went home, hung out for a bit, and then Andrew (bro-in-law) rode down the coast aways. I have not been going crazy with the riding. Trying not to be an absentee dad and all that. It’s a tricky balance, as always, but I think we’re doing good so far. I know the end of the week is going to feature quite a bit of pedalling.
There is supposed to be a new Wed night practice crit tomorrow night, so I’m thinking of hitting that up, but I need confirmation that it’s on, before I go riding around Long Beach in the dark. I think we’re going to the LA zoo in the day.