This morning when we arrived at school I found our household’s spare scooter waiting for me in the courtyard. Yesterday I’d raced to school on it when I was late getting home from my violin lesson in the Mission and had only five minutes till I was due for Eitan pickup. My violin lesson had run over because I’d arrived late, sprinting across the city on my bike, after hauling groceries home on the bus. All this because on Mondays I always use the car, but this week the car was unexpectedly in the shop having its battery replaced. Mondays are technically my free day but that doesn’t translate to leisure time. I grocery shop, take Cuban music lessons and bring Eitan to swim class. The irony of the entire situation was on Sunday night when a friend asked me about my planned Monday workout I’d shrugged and said that on Monday mornings I don’t have time for anything extra. I’d unwittingly found a solution to my day without a workout – transport myself (and groceries, a violin, two kids, two scooters and three bags) all over the city using my own energy.
I turned the day without driving into a personal challenge, choosing to make the most out of the beautiful weather, accessibility of public transport and my knee being healthy enough to ride! I cheated once and took a Lyft. Sometimes the buses don’t come in a timely fashion and when you spend a fortune on a four year old’s half hour swim lesson you don’t want to miss a minute. I also rode two different scooters, my bike, two city buses, a government Presidio bus and walked. My biggest challenge of the day was after swim class when Eitan was tired but we need to scoot the length of Crissy Field to get back into the Presidio to take the bus out of the Presidio to meet Aviv’s school bus. When Eitan sets his mind to something (be it a complicated task or refusing to move because he’s tired) he holds firm on his position. Everyone who’s seen me in action knows that I’m not overly coordinated. My only solution was pulling him on his scooter while balancing myself and bag on my single-front-wheel scooter, and it took every ounce of strength and balance. Generally in this type of situation I’d dump bags all over the sidewalk, knock over my kid and end up with a bruised shin. Yesterday we arrived at the bus completely unscathed and made it to Aviv’s school bus drop-off with a few minutes to spare. Whew!
By the time I’d hauled the boys and their belongings to the Toyota dealership and driven home I was thoroughly exhausted and could do nothing but sprawl on my bed faced down for several minutes. I think I’ll go back to my regular workouts today!
The workout: Do a day without a car! Walk to the bus, borrow your kid’s scooter (you’ll only feel a little silly), bike somewhere instead of driving (parking is free and easy to find!)