Bicycle commuting, days 12-15
Monday, June 27, 2011
Week before last, I completed 3 round trips to work and back on 3 consecutive days. It was a first in that regard. My rides were uneventful except for the fact that by day 14 (the 3rd consecutive day), I felt like a weepy mess. Too much exercise, or too much life stress? I'm not sure. I have been a little depressed lately, and biking mostly makes me feel better, but I might have overdone it just a bit.
The remaining two days of that week, other responsibilities prevented my biking, including the first day of the college tours. It was probably just as well. Over the course of the trip, I started feeling better. It could have been the rest, or it could have been the effect of being away from all of the stresses of work. I'll take whatever I can get!
I planned the trip so that we would have hotels with fitness centers and pools each night, but I confess that I didn't really take full advantage of them. It just seemed that by the end of each day, all my body wanted to do was sleep. I did do considerable walking at each of the college stops, so that counts for something.
Today I was happy to be back in the saddle of my bicycle (day 15). The morning trip was about the same as usual. The air was a little cool this morning (hard to believe, I know), so it was very pleasant. It takes about 60 minutes. The return trip has taken me as long as 80-90 minutes because it's predominantly uphill. Today I accomplished it in 70-72 minutes. Perhaps my legs are starting to get a little bit stronger. Wouldn't that be nice?
The foliage was a little more overgrown along the trail today, and the sidewalks were more crowded with tourists than I have seen to date. A couple of times I had to get off my bike during the downtown portion of it because in some areas, large groups walking abreast occupied the entire path and seemed oblivious to my subtle and not-so-subtle signals and attempts to get around them. I am hoping that this is week is the peak of the tourist season, and that things will settle down *just a bit* after the 4th of July.
I may need to remind the Park Service about the need to trim back some of the branches and vines along the wooded portion of the path. They were pretty responsive about the fallen trees a couple of weeks ago. It happened after a storm. One day one tree, and the next day another, both completely blocking the path within a few feet of each other. I don't remember if I wrote about that. I hope they are checking the trees to reduce the risk of any more falling when joggers and cyclists are present.
I'm planning to bike again in the morning, so I want to get to bed early tonight. 'Night 'night!