Monday Ride

Monday Ride

This morning I took my bike out for a ride, planned on 4 miles but was having a little too much fun and it was so nice! My ride this morning was the first real ride, I was really nervous about going on the main street and using the crosswalks… which sounds dumb I’m sure lol! Being off the saddle for 20+ years will take some getting used to haha! Once I was on the canal trail though, I was having so much fun! I need to remember not to grip the handles so tight, my palms were starting to hurt because I was using a death grip. I finally relaxed and it felt much better haha!! My only goal for this ride was to not fall in the canal LOL!

She still needs a name and I’m leaning towards a few… Metta (means loving – kindness), Rutabaga (because it’s my favorite word to say ever), or something else… it will come to me. One thing I noticed it how much I’m in the present moment when I’m on my bike. I don’t think about anything other than what I’m doing that very moment, it’s extremely mindful and I love it! I’m able to zone out and feel the wind in my hair and on my face, focus on my trail, and just breath.

I ended up doing 4.25 miles in a little over 30 minutes. My fastest speed was 11.7 mph and my average was 8.1 mph, not sure if that is super slow or what but it felt nice haha!! I for sure felt new leg muscles being worked and will feel it tomorrow for sure I bet.

I’m doing a short 1.5-2 mile run tomorrow since I moved it from today. All my runs this week will be back-to-back… Tuesday/Wednesday… and Friday/Saturday (5k race). I usually like a rest in between but this was a wonky week. So I’m just doing easy runs and no more than 2 miles until race day on Saturday (Chocolate Bunny 5k in Tempe). I saw there are only 150 people registered for this race so far, so it will be by far the smallest race I have done… a little nervous about it being a small race. I don’t mind coming in last but in the back of my mind there is a chance I may, who knows. All I know is that I’m getting a cute lapel pin to go with the medal and it’s the first lapel pin I’ve gotten in a race… and I’m excited haha!! I’m also doing this race solo, meaning not having Bob and Zoë come with me. Since it’s small and in town, I figure I’ll go down, do the race and come home. It’s nothing big or anything, but I’m looking forward to the course since it’s on a new trail in Tempe that I’ve wanted to run!

 

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