I skipped last year’s #30daysofbiking challenge. I think I was rebelling against some things/people, or maybe just rebelling against myself! This year I decided to jump back on board for several reasons:
- My new vehicle makes it much easier to bring my mountain bike to work, thus allowing for MTB lunch break rides.
- It also makes it easy to bring my Frankie bike to work so that on non-MTB days I can bike up to 15 miles at lunch on the Riverfront Trail.
- I needed a challenge.
At first, 30 days of biking seems like no big deal. Your rides can be any length and can even include spin classes and time on a stationary bike. So rainy days are covered and so are days when you’re just tired. Still, sometimes biking for 30 days can seem overwhelming. I try to mostly just take it one day at a time. Today was going to be an off day, with just a quick lap around the park, but when I got home for lunch I decided it was too nice to just bike around the park…so I biked the 2 miles back to work. I used Strava and when I got back to work I checked and discovered I’d climbed exactly 0 ft. Ha! 2 flat/downhill miles…it’s hard to complain about that.
Here’s a recap via some photos of week 1:
Day 1, Friday: Adelle and I set off on a lunch break MTB ride at Lunch Loop. Gorgeous day
Day 2: We skied our last day at Powderhorn Ski resort for the season on Day #2, so my ride was a short 2.7 miles around the neighborhood.
Day #3 was gorgeous so we headed out to Rabbit Valley for a ride on Western Rim, one of our favorites. 14 miles later we were back at the car having a lovely apres ride beer.
Day 4: I returned to Lunch Loop and biked a mellow route on the Bookends/Three sisters sections of trail.
Day #5: I drug Adelle out for another ride at LL. She says I need to give my legs a break. Ha!
Day 6: Ok, break taken. This was a super fast 1 mile loop around the park. Still counts!
Day 7: I took Frankie the cross-bike out for a spin on the Riverfront Trail. The budding trees and the geese playing were a lovely back drop for my ride. The Colorado River isn’t a bad sight either!
Day 8: Commute back to work after lunch. Maybe I’ll get a picture on the way home.
Overall I’m feeling pretty good. My legs are a bit tired this morning, but I think that’s more from forgetting to use the foam roller for a few days. I’ll roll on it tonight and hopefully we’ll be able to get some rides in this weekend despite the chance of rain in the forecast. 30 days of biking isn’t just about physical stamina, it’s about being mentally strong too. Today is proof of that! I so wanted to just do a lap around the park, but I just can’t resist riding in beautiful weather and the ride back to work was so perfect that I’m really glad I did it. It was quiet, if that’s possible when riding through town and peaceful. I didn’t push myself to go fast, I just cruised along. Sometimes that’s just the right speed.