So even though I ran the Nielson Challenge this morning, the weather was nice enough to lure me out this afternoon for a bike ride. I rode through Garden of the Gods and up Mesa Avenue where I took this pic of Pikes Peak and the north formations of Garden of the Gods.
I’m not sure how far it was, maybe around 10 miles? I don’t even know how long it took. It’s all very hilly with a lot of long steep climbs. The 5-mile loop around Garden of the Gods starts out with a pretty significant climb. The downhills are fast (in the neighborhood of 26-30 mph, maybe), and I hoped I didn’t run into any deer in the bike lane (which is an extremely likely possibility) — I didn’t.
So if you were paying attention on Friday, you’ll remember it snowed here this weekend. So my daughter gets off work early this afternoon and says “yeah, I’d like to go for a bike ride”. It’s as warm as 35°F (1.67°C).
Well, I try not to let my kiddo down, so I bundled up (not enough, it turned out) and we broke out the bikes. Did 11.84 miles in ~80 minutes or so. I used my watch to get the distance and time; I’m sure my TomTom dashboard was like “Whoa, what happened to this fat ass?!” before I changed it from a run activity to a cycling activity!
Anyway, it was a blast to be out riding with the kiddo. She tackled the hill up to our apartment with… well not enthusiasm… enough determination to make it without stopping. I am proud of her.
The weather lately has been relatively warm, and after breakfast this morning, I thought I’d dust off my bike and go for a ride. I haven’t ridden much as I’ve been focusing my aerobic efforts on running, but I’ve got a pretty nice bike that I haven’t used much. (It’s a Trek Marlin 6, if you’re interested in that stuff).
Everywhere from our apartment is downhill, and I used Sinton Trail to get onto the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail (which runs alongside Monument Creek). I headed south from there through Monument Valley Park and looped around America the Beautiful Park. The Monument Valley Park/America the Beautiful Park is essentially the route of my 10K from September.
Heading back north through town is uphill and — today — into the wind. It’s a more discernable uphill climb from Pikes Peak Greenway along Sinton Trail and back to the apartment. I actually think it’s easier to run up the hill than it is to ride up it.
I think I rode something between 10-12 miles.
You may have noticed I didn’t run yesterday. Friday night it snowed those big wet fluffy flakes; and Saturday morning was cold.
This afternoon, though, I broke out my bike and took it out for a 10-mile ride. It’s not the same as a run, but at least it’s some sort of cardio activity.
I’m not a road cyclist; in fact, I typically can’t stand road cyclists. Fortunately, there’s not a lot of paved trail before getting into the loose muck and dirt on the Air Force Academy; so I don’t have to deal with them too much on my bike rides.
There were a lot of runners out today.