This island is flat. At most points it's just 3 blocks wide. And we are fortunate to be here, enjoying the mild weather while it's still winter up north. But even though I'm on a working vacation I can't just ignore fitness. So my DH and I brought our bikes with us.
One thing we've noticed is that there are a LOT more people on bikes this year than before. Most are on cruisers that they wander the streets on, pedaling their way to a restaurant or bar, getting a little exercise into their every day lives and having fun.
Some ride them on the packed wet sand of the shore.
Those aren't the bikes we brought. We brought our "racing bikes"
, our padded bike shorts, helmets, gloves, windbreakers. We're truly geared up! And sometimes you feel that you are in overkill as you get on your bike to ride on the flat of the island. But it all depends on your approach. South Padre Island has some nice space set for walkers and riders on two of the three island roads. You can safely crank out some speed and once you've left the town and are heading into sand dune country you can really fly!
And then there's the wind. The wind is a constant here and when that wind is blowing at 30 MPH or more and directly into your face I can PROMISE you a workout
Today the wind is blowing, the trees are dancing to the winds tune and most sane people say "not a good day to ride." But I'd planned for it. I got up early (wind was projected to get stronger as the day continued), picked up my bike off our balcony and walked downstairs to the street. I hopped on and began pedalling right into the teeth of the wind.
. My plan was to head south into the wind at first, then turn and enjoy the fun of the wind to my back, finally turning once more and grinding out the last 2 or 3 miles right into the headwind.
It was an awesome workout. I almost felt guilty when I rode with the wind pushing me from behind. One pedal stroke and I was flying 20MPH down the street! But I knew eventually I'd pay for this. I left the city, still flying, and rode out towards the dunes enjoying every moment of my ride. And....then.....I....turned...
All I can say is I clawed my way back home. But I knew I had put in some great time and had completed a great workout. I was sweating, my heart was beating faster, and when I picked up my bike to carry it up the stairs to the condo I knew I had accomplished what I'd set out to accomplish. 50 minutes of a good cardiovascular workout that was challenging and fun even if it was biking....on the flat.