Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Yesterday, I went for a walk at lunch and I rode my bike home. I was convinced it had been a couple weeks since I'd worked out: it was only 10 days. But that 10 days felt like forever!
We had a heck of a lot of wind yesterday. The forecast was for 30-40 mph winds, with gusts to 65 mph. I'd guess the wind was at least 30 mph during most of my ride home, but I never felt a gust. I'd call that a lucky break.
I decided to ride home despite the wind because the wind would provide me a reason not to go fast. And it did: it was a slow ride. The wind was from the SW, which meant it was coming from my front left quarter throughout most of the ride. (It was at my back briefly - bliss!) The first part of my ride is through the city, and that gave me a good bit of protection from the wind. But once I get to the river, I'm up on a levee and completely exposed.
A headwind is miserable, but wind coming through the bike's wheel is like riding through mud. It surprises me how much it slows my forward motion. Fortunately, there are a few places along the river where trees break up the wind. I can feel the difference immediately. Along the western portion of the levee, the City leaves the sagebrush in place along the trail. Bless them! The shrubbery provides a wind break and keeps the wind out my wheels.
My first 5K is in two & a half weeks. I haven't tried running. I figure I will try a walk/run later this week. My sinuses are still a little clogged. I expect the first time out to be unplesant. (I just about coughed up a lung when I got home last night.) But I need to do it. It won't get any more fun if I put it off.
I'm weighing whether I should ride home. Ten days off is not so long that I need to ease back in. I felt pretty good after both last night's and this morning's rides. And I do love riding that bike.
I didn't gain any weight while sick, which is remarkable given my sloth. Gotta embrace those victories, no matter how small!