Spring is in full bloom – are you taking advantage of it?
I am a firm believer in accepting every invitation that nice weather sends to me. Have a picnic; go for a hike; take the bike for a ride; lace up your running shoes; take in those rays of sunshine and get your Vitamin D! When you spend Monday-Friday working on your job, remember to spend Saturday-Monday working for yourself.
Relax, take time to make fun healthy meals, and enjoy the extra time you have to exercise in any way you want to. That is my “weekend mantra”.
This Saturday,the weather could not be more ideal around DC. This morning we sat on the porch with coffee, Ray LaMontagne on Pandora, breakfast, and a lot of bike parts. Somebody was busy…
Someone got a load of new parts, and tools, and had some fun mechanic stuff to keep him occupied.
My bici and I decided to go hang out. I can’t resist 75* morning sunshine, and with the No-Cars on Beach Drive rule, weekends are ideal biking opportunities around here.
Clear road and gorgeous scenery ahead.
Life is good.
Zoom zooming by the rushing water.
Rock Creek Park = a small break from the city world.
I had no worries of time, distance, or pace. Instead, I took in everything around me and I haven’t felt that sense of peace in way too long. As my legs went through the motions, my thoughts bounced all over the place and I just felt content. I ended up riding for 23.5 miles in 1:35:24 with an avg HR of 134. To be honest, I only turned around (out and back) because I hit the end of the road (it hit another road – unfamiliar territory is only for buddy-bici-rides!). Dang. I could’ve spent this day just going going going.
Well, I also turned around because I had no food with me, no D with me, and it was almost lunchtime.
And now, I bring you my lessons learned – the good and bad choices I make while bici riding:
- Bad idea: playing with my “go-fast” gears while going uphill. As it turned out, I changed something that made it harder to pedal. Let’s just say that hill was not my friend.
- Good idea: smiling while you zoom down a hill. I’m convinced it makes it that much more fun.
- Great idea: switching from the usual “running” playlist, to the Country playlist. It just seemed appropriate – country music, trails on either side of me, open road, and sunshine.
- Bad idea: assuming every rider knows that when you say “on your left” – they should stay to the right. Simple etiquette, you would think.
- Good idea: learning how to grab your water bottle while you ride. Fewer stops = more zoom zoom fun.
- Great idea: standing up now and then to 1) feel free as you coast down that hill and 2) give those sitting-bones a little break!
- Bad idea: holding your Blackberry to take pictures while you’re still zoom-zooming. No, I didn’t drop it (whew!). Yes, I took two pictures before I thought “this isn’t very smart…”.
- Good idea: buying clothes for cyclists! The shirts have back pockets (brilliant), and my appreciation for the padding in the shorts knows no bounds.
- Great idea: bringing a few dollars next time to support the Farmer’s Market we pass, and enjoy some fresh produce as a snack!
If you’re a cyclist, what are some “lessons” you’ve learned? I always discover something new! With every ride I find myself more excited to start pedaling and enjoying the ride.
Random post-ride cravings led to a lunch with some variety…
Scrambled eggs, ketchup, red pepper slices and a kiwi left me full, but craving something cold and sweet.
Into the food processor went: 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt + 1 cup of Frozen strawberries. Pulse and then top with a drizzle of Lite Chocolate Syrup, and you’ll have the perfect healthy dessert satisfaction.
How did you spend this Saturday?
We still have so much weekending ahead! I could get used to this Spring/Long-weekend thing.