First, Caitlin and I spent Saturday hanging out with her family (okay, hanging out with Abby, the 2-year old with serious addiction to princesses and pink) and working on some fundraising ideas. Then, we were privileged to be able to attend the birthday party of our teammate, Tara. Happy Birthday Tara!! The Bike Whisperer had organized an amazing movement of Tara People and got everyone to donate enough money to purchase a NEW BIKE! Tara is now the proud owner of a Specialized Dolce from Cynergy (the bestest bike shop ever). She screamed like....well....an excited little girl who got a new bike!! It was fantastic.
Today we set our sights on Malibu. We met a crew at Cynergy (partial Team Cray Cray and the rest were tagalongs....6 riders total) to ride out at 9ish....I mean, you leave me to organize a ride and we all know that its going to leave late. Thanks Mom, for the Always Running Late genes. PCH was gorgeous today! A little bit of extra debris on the shoulder from the rain this week and a couple of places where the cliffs had clearly washed down, but we were safe and made sure to share the road (I'll tell you about a little road rage/traffic incident in Santa Monica a little later). The Goal of the Day = Shaved Ice from Malibu Yogurt. It was easier than normal to coax Caitlin on a 30 mile ride with a promise of Shaved Ice halfway through.
Malibu Yogurt, otherwise known as BuYo in Pepperdine lingo, is the best frozen yogurt/ice cream/shaved ice store in the world. I believe this to be true for two reasons: (i) they ALWAYS have peanut butter froyo on hand and (ii) they sell Shaved Ice year round. And today was no different! Pink Lemonade and Strawberry shaved ice were a fantastic treat.
OMG, don't worry, we/Caitlin fit in a little shopping as well. It was the first time in a month that we went shopping in a non-bike store. It felt weird and wonderful, almost like a homecoming for Caitlin. She bought something within 2 min. of being in that store. I scoped out dresses and sandals and bikinis, but when you're on a bike 15 miles from home, its kind hard to carry anything...but a new WATCH! See pics for a look at Caitlin's purchase. She claims it was the first thing she's ever bought that she didn't plan out for months ahead of time....she's probably right.
The day didn't go by without a little bit of bike hating on Caitlin. About 3 miles from Cynergy the chain jumped off its tracks and left her stranded on San Vicente. Luckily, we were close enough for me to ride back, get the car and scoop her up. We were very thankful that we weren't stranded on some highway with all kinds of crazy cars flying by. However, I am a bit concerned that NO OTHER BIKERS stopped to ask us if we needed help. Hmmm, weird. The bikers I know would have NEVER just ridden by. But whatevs.
We ended the day by meeting Caitlin's family at Cynergy so that her sister could purchase a new bike! Alexis is training for a triathalon, and she was in need of a bike for the biking portion. Obviously. Mike, the original Cynergy Whisperer who so amazingly helped Caitlin and I at purchase day, helped Alexis as well. He's good people, obviously since he's from Iowa (What!)!
So, we're all sore and ready to face the week. Stay tuned to see what this one brings!
Caitlin has been wanting an "athletic watch" since the day we started riding. Yes, ATHLETIC. I think she's coming to the dark side.