Yesterday was another battle in the campaign against sluggishness. The kids and I rode our bikes down the hill from our home in Estoril to the sea, and then along the walkway to Cascais. When I proposed the idea, neither of them was enthusiastic; they wanted to sit around inside, watching cartoons and playing video games. Once I got them on their bikes and into the sunshine, though, they really had a good time.
Since the weather was so nice, there were a lot of people out walking around, and when people walk on the paths by the sea here, they have no sense of lanes, or traffic, or hey-maybe-I-ought-not-to-lurch-suddenly-from-one-side-of-the-path-to-the-other. I consider this a perfect training environment for kids who are developing their bike-handling skills. They have a moving obstacle course to contend with, but no cars to worry about.
Zoe wasn't thrilled about the climb back up the hill to our house, but she's a trooper, and the toughed it out.