Riding the River Valley

Sunday, August 26, 2012
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.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's COLD at 6:30 in the morning!

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