Love to see improvement
|December 29, 2011||Posted by Carrie under cycling|
I love to see improvement in my workouts. Don’t you?
I went biking again yesterday. My ride last Sunday was 10 miles at an average speed of 10.2 mph . Yesterday I went 11 miles at 11.1 mph. I feel the difference in my legs for sure. But, I love how awesome it is to push a little harder and see the results immediately.
I did my 3 miles to the beach route. I love the moment when I turn down a street and get this view.
It’s like a little gift at the end of the street. The ocean!
So, here’s my biking dilema. I’m trying to follow the rules of the road, but I’m realizing that I don’t know them. Most of my route has bike paths. I did a good job this time of going with the flow of traffic. I do use the sidewalk occasionally when I’m not feeling so safe on the road.
On the esplanade, there’s a very nicely marked bike path. Look, we even get our own little ‘stop’ sign.
OK, but I never really stopped at these spots. Unless there were cars or people crossing. I watched some of the other cyclists and sort of copied their lead.
See, nice little marked path.
I’m good with right turns, I just stay in the bike path. But, when I’m getting ready for a left turn, I usually pull to the side of the road and use the crosswalks like I’d do running. It just seems a little safer. I see lots of serious bikers out there using left turn lanes and basically staying within the flow of traffic.
Anyway, so when I got to the beach, I went down to the bike path on the sand and enjoyed the 2 miles from one end to the pier. Then I had to get back up to street level and head back home. I decided to walk my bike up the ramp.
What do you think? Should I have ridden up it? Yea, sure. This was actually right next to the stairs I ran last week. I saw people running up the stairs and then walking down the ramp. One guy was on his third lap while I walked up the ramp. Impressive.
The good news is that my butt hurts less today than it did after last time. More good news that my quads feel like they got a great workout. Even better, I’m going to go out again on Sunday.
Best news: this is actually an activity that MMT enjoys!! Maybe we can go biking together sometime! He thinks running is torture, but I’d love to be able to do something together.
Bad news: I’m already coveting some bike gear. Maybe just a water bottle and holder… maybe. Will I look like a huge dork with my Fuel Belt? hee hee. I already see the huge difference in gear with the casual bikers (me) and the more serious folk with all the gear. There’s definitely a hierarchy in the cycling world.
So, what rules of the road do you think I need a refresher on? And, do you always want new gear when you start to work in a new exercise routine? I sure do.