Decided to skip my easy run this morning and experience my first real mountain biking ride. Initially, after dropping down and climbing up a couple steep hills – and worried that my fillings in my teeth may actually fall out riding on the rough terrain – I was wondering if this was not going to be the for me. But after about 30 minutes into the ride, I started to loosen up and was began to have a blast. Being new to mountain biking, everything was fresh and it was just great being outdoors. I told my buddy that “We really need to include more of things like this into our lives, just living in the moment and having a great time with friends.” Although there were plenty of leisurely portions of the ride to just roll along, take in the view, and talk, there was a new thrill around each bend to be experienced. Definitely a memorable day and can’t wait to get out there again.
I was planning to do a six mile easy run this morning, but I developed blisters from yesterday’s run that I wanted to give some time to heal. So I’ll probably do an easy run on Wednesday instead, which is usually my day off from running.
Although the two-hour bike ride this morning was somewhat challenging, it doesn’t appear it will interfere with my running. Although I was winded at times, you usually use different muscle groups when biking and after today’s ride, I honestly didn’t feel all that tired. But we’ll see what tomorrow morning brings when I wake up and attempt to do my speed workout. During this training cycle, I hope to get out and do a ride once or twice a week.