Got the day off; Strength coming back quickly; Riding technique slowly improving.
I didn’t sleep too well last night, and Loki woke me up at 5:50 this morning. I’m feeling a little groggy, but the coffee is helping. On a brighter note, the weather is really nice, and I managed to get the whole day off from work! So I’m thinking about loading up my new CamelBak HAWG and spending most of the day out on the trails.
My strength seems to be coming back pretty quickly after my two week break from training. Last week’s workouts were somewhat light, but yesterday (leg workout) I bumped up the weight a fair amount and felt very solid. Of course my legs have not really had much of a break with all the biking I’ve been doing, so it will be interesting to see if my upper body workouts this week mirror yesterday’s performance.
The hiking trails that I recently discovered north of Marker 18 out at Wekiwa State Park have been a real blessing. The trails are covered in big roots, they are very narrow in most places, there are sharp turns/switchbacks, there’s mud in spots and lots of small stumps to avoid. Riding those trails has allowed me to gain experience and improve my mountain biking skills. For example, I used to tense my whole body when I’d hit a root or other obstacle, but lately I’ve noticed that now my body is actually relaxed as I move over roots and stuff like that. I still have a firm grip on the handlebars, but I’m no longer “fighting” the bike. This is not something I did consciously, it was more an evolution that came about naturally as a result of all the experience I’m gaining riding over some very rough trail. Not only do I feel more connected to the bike now, but riding more “relaxed” is far less fatiguing. I’m really glad I found that new section of trail – it’s a good place for me to woodshed and work on basic skills.
Well, I’m going to go eat and enjoy my day off!