After my meltdown last week, things started looking up. Wednesday was a bit meh. Thursday felt great. Friday was pretty good. Saturday I was feeling damn good. And today, I am awesome. Thanks to everyone for their words of support and encouragement.
Out for a fantastic bike ride VERY early this morning. I don't like riding when those hard core, long distance, race-types are out there zooming around the sometimes narrow trails of our river valley so I decided to pop out at the crack of dawn (ok, a few minutes after the actual crack) and see if the traffic was any lighter. Success! I found the perfect time for a quiet bike ride on wide open trails: 630AM on a Sunday morning. Yes, that's correct; I headed out at 630 on a Sunday. Why not? I'd been up for an hour and a half already.
Rather than heading in the direction of my standard route, I pedalled in the opposite direction and made my way towards River Valley Road. Today was definately a helmet day as I was on the sidewalk of a major road getting to my trail which quickly narrows for about a 1/4 mile where you're riding right beside another major road with a painful looking cement dividing wall between you and oncoming traffic. No way I'll do that route without some protection for my noggin.
I really wanted to do 5 miles today but the trail is flat which means constant pedalling. I'm used to a bit of coasting every few minutes on my usual trail so I tired quicker than I'd hoped. I ended up with a total of 4.29 miles round trip and felt great! Thankfully I wore my running jacket to keep my core warm (it was very chilly) but I should have scrounged a pair of thin gloves as my fingers (and ears!) were going numb by the time I got home. Considering its only August, things are only going to get cooler so I may to invest in a thin toque and mitts to keep things toasty. Regardless of the threat of frost bite and wind burn, I got back home in 45 minutes and was so pleased with myself. What will I ever do when I can't bike in the winter??!!
On another "keeping active" note, running is off until next weekend and even then I think I'll slow it down a bit again. A few days ago, I noticed broken blood vessels on the back of both knees. I can't think of anything else I've done that would result in this happening so I'm going to rest my legs. They've been tight and tired all week so I probably should have rested rather than running more but you know me; I'm stubborn.