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Day 166/365: Jun 15, 2014

I’m thankful for:

  • A reason to celebrate my son’s awesome Daddy: Father’s Day!
  • A simple (and dry!) bike ride and picnic lunch.
  • A beautiful sunset and walk to the bus.

Pinks, purples, blues, and golds: a masterpiece!

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Day 89/365: Mar 30, 2014

I’m thankful for:

  • An awesomely handsome and accomplished husband who is able to bicycle 40km in about 1.5 hours! That’s an average of about 17 mph.
  • A great realtor and landlord.
  • The fun stories from living with a toddler.

Proud to welcome the Daddy-bicyclist home.

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Day 88/365: Mar 29, 2014

I’m thankful for:

  • A hot shower using a shower head with excellent water pressure.
  • An evening spent with friends.
  • A husband who is excited about waking up extra early tomorrow morning for a bike race.

Getting ready for the big race tomorrow.

The Bike Ride Andrew’s Waited For

Today was a day Andrew has waited for since we found out we were expecting.

The day had a few requisites:

  1. Son = born
  2. Son has to be old enough to sit on his own
  3. Son has good balance
  4. Find a helmet to fit the son (this took help from his Aunt on the other side of the world)
  5. Buy a seat for the big boy
  6. Seat needs to be installed
  7. A nice day (not rainy or wet – an important criterion when one lives in Singapore)
  8. Take him out for his first time bike riding with Daddy!

Yay!

Trying out his new seat before setting out

Trying out his new seat before setting out

Daddy and son were kind enough to let Mommy come along. It’s was the first time I’d been on a bike in Singapore. (The last time I was on a bike was in Thailand, and it didn’t go as well as I would’ve hoped for!)

It was a great first outing on bikes as a family.

Enjoying Daddy's seat as his handle

Enjoying Daddy’s seat as his handle

My favorite part of the bike ride was riding behind my two men and seeing Gideon happily raising his hand in the air as if to wave to people and say, “Isn’t this fun!”

Andrew was so thrilled that Gideon did well in his new bike seat. He’s only too eager to take him out for some Daddy and son time on the bike, starting now!

As an aside note, we saw one of the coolest and most unique bikes today:

Sorry for the quality, I asked Andrew to quickly snap a shot before they left our field of vision.

Sorry for the quality, I asked Andrew to quickly snap a shot before they left our field of vision.

We actually stopped to talk to the owner while she was taking a break with her kids. The bike has a two seater wooden box compartment in front of the driver. How cool is that!!!???? Anyways, she said she often goes for bike rides with her kids, so maybe we’ll meet again đŸ™‚

Bikers-in-law: OCBC Cycle Singapore

One of Tam’s hopes (as close as she came to requesting anything for her visit) was to participate in some sort of race/mini-marathon. As we spoke about time frame ranges for her visit, she gave a list of events that would occur here during the time frame that she might be interested in. The one on her list we decided on was the one that Andrew was already planning on repeating since completing it the year before: OCBC Cycle Singapore.

After riding their bicycles there the day before and locking them up, all they had to do on the day of the race for preparation was to wake up before 5am and catch a cab. Gideon and I slept while they were on their way to the race. By 6am they were waiting in the line of nearly 6,000 waiting to ride their bikes 42km (26mi).

Their different perspectives makes their height difference look greater than reality

Their different perspectives makes their height difference look greater than reality

Obviously, this meant that a good portion of their race was done in the dawn/pre-dawn hours.

The pre-dawn START (note the flyer and the overpass in the picture)

The pre-dawn START (note the flyer and the overpass in the picture)

This was good for two reasons: 1) They had to shut down a part of the major expressway (AYE) that was used by the bicyclists, and the beginning of Sunday morning is a good low-traffic time to do so. 2) Why it doesn’t get much cooler at night here, it sure is nicer to bicycle at 7am in Singapore than in the heat of the day at 2pm!

Here's the 27mi route Andrew's phone app tracked during his race

Here’s the 26mi route Andrew’s phone app tracked during his race

7am is where I come into the story. Gideon and I got up early (meaning I woke him at 7 instead of him waking me at 7:15ish). By 8am I was downtown walking like a mad woman with a stroller trying to find the best stroller accessible route to the finish line while not getting run over by the onslaught of bikers that had already completed the course.

I made it to the meeting point and started to scan the finish line for Andrew or Tam. (I was not hopeful to find them as the majority of the participants wore the same shirt!!!)

The mass of bicyclers walking their bikes just after crossing the finish line (with a loudspeaker that kept repeating "Please dismount. Keep moving to avoid congestion.")

The mass of bicyclers walking their bikes just after crossing the finish line (with a loudspeaker that kept repeating “Please dismount. Keep moving to avoid congestion.”)

Thankfully, within a few seconds I turned to see a tall American walking towards us. Amazingly, Andrew had made it to the meeting point just after I arrived. Gideon was happy to see Daddy and didn’t seem to mind that he was sweaty!

Gideon wore his shirt with a bicycle on it for the occasion

(You can’t tell, but Gideon wore his shirt with a bicycle on it for the occasion)

And not two minutes later who should show up but Aunt Tammy!

Doesn't she look great for just having finished 27miles!?

Doesn’t she look great for just having finished 26miles!?

The looked sweaty, but also pleased with how well they had done.

Of cours Gideon is the one that desperately "needed" the water bottle in the group.

Of course Gideon is the one that desperately “needed” the water bottle in the group.

Their stats:

Andrew: 1:37:17, 850th overall, 762nd man, 275th age group

Tam: 1:39:49, 930th overall, 100th woman, 182nd age group

The two in-law siblings happy after their race well done!

The two in-law siblings happy after their race well done!

Even though I hadn’t been in the race, I still wanted to document how proud I was of my hubby’s hard work with a shot of our own đŸ™‚

Proud of my awesome hubby!

Proud of my awesome hubby!

After reuniting and taking our after-race shots, we took a leisurely stroll to take a break and recap the race. While walking we passed the Marina Bay Sands. I convinced Andrew to hold up his [heavy steel] bike to do a fun forced perspective shot.

Holding his bike above the Marina Bay Sands!!!

Holding his bike above the Marina Bay Sands!!!

Despite the calories burned and the time awake by the bikers, it was Gideon who first succumbed to tiredness and slept while we walked around. Our walk ended up at Starbucks where we enjoyed a well earned cold reward. (I walked around with Gideon, I earned it too, right?)

Hard earned treats!

Hard earned treats!

Refueled by Starbucks, the two bikers headed home while Gideon and I took the train. I was bummed out to find that they arrived home before us! Oh well.