I took a couple weeks off of riding after the Triple Bypass. I needed to focus on work and wedding plans. I enjoyed taking a break from intense riding every week, and my body liked the chance to recuperate.
I’ve been getting antsy this past week though, so I started riding again. I’ve been on my bike for the past five days straight. It’s kind of strange though because I’m not training for anything specifically. I don’t have to watch my heart rate or do a certain workout. I can just go out and have a good time on the trails.
I’ve been exploring all the trails behind my house and have found some new trails I didn’t even know existed. I’ve slowed down a bit and not worried about getting PRs on Strava segments.
There is something to be said for being outside and having fun.
This morning I woke up early and went on a ride with Josh. There was no agenda or workout planned. Just a good, long three hour ride on the trails. We stopped and took a few pictures. We tried to clean sections again if we didn’t make it the first time. We stood at the top of Towers Road and enjoyed the view.
I like riding hard. I like racing and pushing myself to be faster and better. But there is a time to forget about all that stuff and just ride. Noticing the smell of pine trees in the morning air while climbing the side of Horsetooth Mountain. The sound of my chain spinning through my derailleur as I ride over granite slabs and tree roots. The sweat dripping off my sunglasses as I crest the top of a steep hill, and the smile that comes afterwards.
Go have some fun on your bike.