15 mile bike ride
In preparation for the grand opening of CrossFit Anywhere El Dorado Hills, a few members and I undertook the ride from the Folsom location around the lake to the new box in EDH. It had been awhile since I've gone for a ride so I was excited for the opportunity, even though 15 miles wasn't a long ride by any stretch.
As usual, I forgot how enjoyable something as simple as riding a bike can be. Traveling the same route I've driven by car numerous times in the past few months, I felt like I was experiencing the scenery for the first time. Sometimes a mere change in angle or vantage point can unlock a whole world of visual experience previously unseen. Then there was the discovery of how steep hills are hidden when inside a motorized vehicle... not so much when on your bike. I found myself hoofing it pretty hard up a couple climbs that I hadn't remembered being so arduous. By the time we rolled up to the new gym, our legs were pretty much smoked.
Being that this is a rest week in my training cycle, the ride was a great way to flush out the stiffness and get ready for another hard week upcoming. Not to mention a beautiful way to spend a winter morning. More people than not own a bike, but far too few use them. Most are collecting dust in the back corner of their garage. This year one of my hopes is that I get out and ride at least a couple times a month.