Hope everyone had a great Easter!
On the run up to the holiday, I scheduled poorly and was only able to get in a short 17 minutes strength training on Saturday, what is supposed to be my heavy day. Happens, poor scheduling on my part and that's my responsibility and on me.
It was a beautiful day, perfect for riding, but I did not get one in. Chose to get some family time in and we went for a hike at my favorite park. The park has a fitness circuit where you walk around and then they have stations you can do things like body curls, push ups, walking with your hands across parallel bars, balance beams, chin-ups/pull ups, etc. We all got to get some in, and it was nice. Entertained in the evening.
That said, on Easter Sunday, the weather was poorer. Light rain, mid 40s, but I picked up the following bag.
I'm a bit of a bag hound, I like slinging gear, and a technical cycling specific bag was a real draw because of my cycling paradigm. I don't view it one dimensionally, as a fitness/recreation activity. I enjoy being able to use the bicycle for transportation, commuting, for errands (grocery shopping/mail runs/etc.) and I had the opportunity to test this bag out. Has a major reflective stripe, a side pocket that slings your mini U-lock, enough straps to hook your keys and whatnot on to it, and a chest strap that secures the load. I wouldn't be lying when I say it was the most comfortable utility bag I've ever rode with. Small and compact, kept my gear inside dry and was well packed enough that the 2 dozen eggs I went out to get were cradled safely. We'll see how it works in a real downpour.
The leg work I've been doing with the weighted squats, lunges, etc. have made a noticeable and substantial difference in my climbing ability. I can push a higher gear up a steeper grade without having to gear down or increase cadence. Good stuff. The upper body work that I have a tendency to pooh-pooh helped with portaging the weighted rig across railroad tracks, and with carrying the boys around on my shoulders while hiking.
Really going to have to endeavor to not take the easy way and keep up a decent strength training load, especially now that the weather is improving and the temptation will be to just ride.
Hope you're all progressing well towards your personal goals!