The fabled California sunshine has descended upon us and with it, warm weather and spring-time energy! It seems a pity to do anything besides be outside when I don’t have work, so I’ve done the logical thing and spent the past two days outside.
Yesterday I woke up early and dragged my husband out of bed to ride the Headlands. By the time he had his coffee and we got to the bridge, it was already after 9, but fortunately nobody else had gotten the memo that it was a gorgeous day and the bridge was still fairly empty. We passed a few bicycle cops on the bridge then pushed our way through the construction noise at the bottom of the Headlands. As we ascended, the stillness took over and the top was gloriously calm. We enjoyed the peaceful morning for a few minutes then raced back down so I could get to the farmers market before all the good produce was gone! We were amused to see the same bicycle cops we’d passed on the bridge, riding up the headlands, chatting easily, pant legs rolled up. Guess they wanted a change of scenery!
Climbing on my SuperSix is getting easier and I’m now totally comfortable descending at a good clip in the drop bars. My back is still getting used to the new position but luckily my massage yesterday afternoon helped iron out the kinks!
the workout: 12ish mile ride
Today I awoke early again, but this time because it sounded as though a loud chopper were hovering outside my window. Helicopters out here are never a good sign- usually they’re out to rescue a surfer in trouble. I haven’t heard yet what happened this morning.
I sent out a few texts to see if anyone was free to ride and I heard back from a new friend. We met at the bridge and rode leisurely to Sausalito while we chatted and got to know each other better. We waited for a third friend at Mike’s Bikes then I accompanied them to the end of the bike path. We said our goodbyes and I sped home, realizing I would be late to meet GC for a run. I made it back to my house in record time (SuperSix is FAST and my legs are getting stronger by the day!), choked back a chocolate cliff shot, changed my shoes, carried my Bianchi downstairs then rode across the park. I was late meeting GC and as I locked up my bike and started walking toward the beach, she asked if I intended to run with my bike helmet on. Oops! We ran to the end of the beach path, then walked/ran back up the beach and turned around again on the path. There are very few days a year when I can wear at tank top on Ocean beach without freezing. I took full advantage of the temperature and enjoyed running in one of my Nuu-Muu exercise dresses!
I was absolutely starving by the end of our run so GC treated me to a delicious lunch at Outerlands before I biked home. There really is nothing better than exercising with friends in perfect weather with beautiful scenery!
the workout: 25 mile bike, 1 hr run/walk