The incredible weather yesterday made it impossible for me to remain indoors. The temperature was in the upper 50s, the sun was shining brightly through the clear blue skies and the air was crisp and clean. Around mid-day (just a few short hours after my back workout) I gave in and went on a 20-mile bike ride at Wekiwa.
I was very well warmed up by the time I got to my favorite section of trail, which is the trail between Marker 18 and Camp Cozy. This 2.7 mile section of trail has lots of roots, stumps, sharp turns and other natural obstacles. It’s quite a cardio workout if you push the pace, which I always do. In fact, each time I ride this section I try to improve my time. The first time I rode this section of trail back in mid-October it took me about 30 minutes to complete. Over the next few rides I improved my time to right at 24 minutes. Last week I had an especially good ride and took an additional 45 seconds off my best time, finishing the run in 23m 14s.
Yesterday I felt amazing and I knew I my personal record was going to fall once again. I had no idea by how much, however! I completed the trail more than a full minute faster than I’d ever done it before: 22m 08s! Here the interactive map and stats on my JSF Adventures Google Maps account (NOTE: I don’t upload all my rides, but I do post some of them).
I think my cardio ability and my skills riding over rough terrain have improved a lot, but I also believe that my familiarity with the trail has helped me whittle down my time. In fact, there are a lot of leaves covering the forest floor right now, and many of the small stumps are completely covered. This would be a pretty dangerous situation for someone who is not familiar with the trail (those stumps can easily send a rider over the handlebars).
I’m very competitive, and I this little section of trail is an awesome means of benchmarking my improvements as a rider and my overall athleticism. As I reduce my body weight on my upcoming cut and continue to improve my cardio I expect my personal record on this trail to be broken quite a lot over the next few months. I’d love to get my time under 20 minutes!
I don’t care what it is you’re doing: if you’re not constantly trying to improve and push your limits, then you’re just being lazy. Get after it!