Yesterday my husband and I went on our very first outdoor bike ride of the year. In short, it was amazing!
But let’s back up a little. Last week I was feeling under the weather for a few days. Add to that some sudden stress at work and by Friday I was completely wiped out. That also means that I skipped two of my training runs. Oops! Not an ideal start, I know. Today I ran three miles though, so I’m kind of back on track.
I used the weekend to rest and unwind, as usual, and on Sunday I was finally feeling a lot better and longing for some exercise. My husband can’t run with me these days, as he has some foot issues, so we decided to start the annual outdoor biking season.
For our first ride we chose a medium long and moderately difficult loop around our village. (There are hardly any easy routes in our awfully hilly area!)
In the end, we rode for about 14 miles in a little over an hour. Apparently, all those hours I’ve spent on the stationary bike in the past few months really paid off! I felt strong the entire ride. My legs were a bit tired and heavy afterwards, but not much.
I’m confident that I could also handle a longer and more challenging ride the next time.
Will this make me a better runner? I don’t know, and I don’t really care. I simply love riding my bike through the little villages and small towns around here, spending quality time with my husband, while improving our health and fitness. It’s a win-win-win!
Who else loves outdoor cycling?
P.S. Those two photos are actually from one of last year’s rides, but we took a similar route yesterday, and the fields looked exactly the same.