I love long weekends. You know the weather’s good when you look out the window and all you see is people running, cycling, rollerblading, and walking to the beach with volleyballs and nets in hand. It just makes me want to get outside! On Easter weekend, I stayed in the city and focused on fitting in some good workouts, enjoying the outdoors, and getting together with family. The one thing that’s been missing from my workouts is my bike. I haven’t been on it for at least 1.5 years, which is a realllly long time! The last time I rode it was the day I wiped out and broke my clavicle. Not counting the times I used it on the stationary trainer. Since that event, I’ve been a bit hesitant about cycling again and have this fear of poles, riding over uneven surfaces and falling, but at some point I had to fight this fear head on. I love biking too much. Plus, it can get me places faster than rollerblades and walking. In anticipation, last week I dusted off my bike, pumped up the tires, and tuned it up. My goal this weekend was to get back on the bike.
I needed to restore my confidence in riding again, so on Saturday afternoon I took my bike out for a 20km ride along the beach and to the Leslie Spit. Easy route, no poles, just a few speed bumps in the road. Perfect. And I survived it without any broken bones! If anything, I think that experience has made me a lot more cautious about the surfaces I was riding on and for good measure, I also made sure that any major unevenness in the road was approached at as close to a 90 degree angle as possible. Yes, I’m a bit paranoid…for now anyways. I’ll try not to become too wreckless as confidence goes up. Aside from that, I was riding 27-30km/h, passing people on the path, and feeling pretty good about the whole thing. I’ll definitely be cycling more as the weather warms up.
Among other things, I also played beach volleyball, rollerbladed a total of 40km, took family members through a kettlebell workout, and did a spur of the moment 10 minute long cycle set. It was a great weekend and my legs were fried!
Since then, I have been biking to and from work and just the other day I rollerbladed past the site of the accident and was really happy to see that the bike path was newly paved in several areas and that some poles have been removed so that the spacing is not so tight and claustrophobic. Definitely a selling feature! I know I’ll be biking that route sometime soon and when I do I will race past where I left off!