I finally rode my new bike again yesterday! (The fact that I’ve had it for two months and I’m still calling it “new” means I haven’t taken it out enough). I was determined to enjoy the sunshine and go for a short, easy-ish ride, familiarizing myself more with the gearing and not pushing hard enough that my back would hurt. I was successful in both goals and my legs even got a mini workout. Yesterday morning I’d come across an article on Active.com about leg exercises for cyclists so I incorporated the single-leg pedaling on a couple of laps near the beach, then did lunges after my ride down the hallway.
the workout: 6 mile easy spin, focusing on shifting smoothly and using hamstrings
This morning I walked to yoga, then after and intense, balancing pose-filled class, walked the rest of the way to the beach. I enjoyed the sparkly view of water and heavy clouds over the headlands for a few minutes then looped my way back up intothe park and started my run home. Not sure if my legs are out of practice on hills, I was low on energy because I didn’t eat much before yoga, or if I was just feeling lazy , but I ended up mixing in quite a bit of walking with my run home. It gave me an opportunity to snap a few photos of interesting plants and catch my breath before pushing on. I switched to toe-heel walking for my last few blocks and arrived home ravenously hungry!
the workout: 4 1/2 mile walk/run, run part mostly uphill