I continued on my streak throughout the weekend getting out for an awesome trail run and some mountain biking in Fruita.
Although Saturday was a bit nasty outside, Joy and I enjoyed a great hour and forty-five minute trail run on Red Hill. I was feeling a little sluggish at first having not run much since being at sea level but quickly started to feel stronger. As usual, we didn’t stop blabbing the entire run which is an awesome way for me to judge my output level. My doctor has recommended being able to talk while exercising (versus going off heartrate) so this is the best way to keep me in check.
The family headed to Fruita on Sunday for some much needed sun and mountain biking. After Ian and his buddies enjoyed the ‘Anderson Loop’ in Loma (Mary’s to Horsethief Bench to Mary’s to Lion’s to Troy’s from the highway to Mack Ridge) I went out by myself for a few hours. I didn’t spend much time on my mountain bike this summer and had been feeling like my technical skills were waning, but managed to get them back yesterday. It was a little more difficult for me to judge my intensity level while riding alone and wanting to catch and pass the other riders. I made the strategic decision to skip any trails with long climbs and instead stayed on the ones with short technical climbs requiring me to get off more often.
Overall, I’m psyched to be able to be active again and play outside. I’m a much happier person when that happens and that helps keep the rest of the family happy.