I was back on the bike trail today. Yesterday was a day off.
Actually, I was on the trail twice today.
I knew it as chilly, but figured I could get away with shorts and a long sleeved t-shirt. It took around 20 feet to realize, I was going to be very uncomfortable.
I rode to the car, put the bike on the rack and headed home to change. I was back ten minutes later and quickly on the trail again, heading north.
Traffic on the trail is very weather dependent. Even on a Sunday afternoon, clouds and temps in the 50s kept the trail sparsely traveled.
Almost immediately after heading out, I felt the cumulative effects of pedaling in my legs. That isn’t a good sign. My body has been taxed starting this new exercise routine and one day off wasn’t enough.
I made the decision to ride through it, taking it easy, but trying to make at least the distance I’d covered last week.
In the end, I rode seven miles in 40 minutes. That’s one mile more than my last measured ride. I felt every inch. Back in the parking lot, I was a little light headed.
I carried my little i-gotu GPS tracker in a pocket today. It’s pretty cool and very easy to use (there’s only one button). I just wish there was an easy way to calculate my distance ridden. It can be done, but the method I use is a pain.
After downloading the data onto my laptop, and then uploading a small file, Google gladly spit out the map you see below. If you zoom in, you can see it’s really two paths – up and back (with some overlap).