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Excellent ride at Wekiwa State Park yesterday; Cut starts tomorrow!

Sunday, January 12, 2014 by  
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January
12
2014

I like doing MTB training rides at Wekiwa State Park, but during the rainy season many of the trails are under water and not very rideable (although I’ve done it!)

With the rainy season behind us, I thought I’d head over to Wekiwa yesterday for a ride. My last ride at Wekiwa was all the way back in April 2013, so I was looking forward to seeing the park again…

The trails were in about the shape I expected: no standing water, but the low-lying areas (which never really dry out) were muddy with slick, tricky roots. The rest of the trails were extremely sandy.

Dry and sandy trails at Wekiwa made for a great workout yesterday.

Dry and sandy trails at Wekiwa made for a great workout yesterday.

Even though most of the trails at Wekiwa are dry and sandy right now, some of the lower-lying trails never really dry out. It doesn't take much rain for this particular trail to completely flood.

Even though most of the trails at Wekiwa are dry and sandy right now, some of the lower-lying trails never really dry out. It doesn’t take much rain for this particular trail to completely flood.

 

I rode 33 kilometers, and pretty much hit up all of the biking trails and a few of the remote hiking trails (those are the trails that flood).

One of the things I like best about riding at Wekiwa State Park is its beauty. The scenery and wildlife are absolutely amazing!

Sand Lake at Wekiwa Sate Park.

Sand Lake at Wekiwa Sate Park.

 

Yesterday I saw a few deer, some squirrels and lots of birds, but no black bears this time. 🙁 In addition to deer and black bears, I’ve also seen alligators, wild turkeys, fox squirrels, turtles, tortoises, owls, hawks, more birds than I could possibly name and river otters. Lisa once saw a coyote as she was driving by, but I’ve not spotted one of those on a ride yet!

There’s not much elevation at this trail, but it’s a much tougher ride than one would expect. All the sand, roots and mud make for a very tough workout. My average heart rate was 169 BPM over the nearly 2 hour riding time (a 123 “Tough” SufferScore). Here’s the entire ride on Strava.

Okay, it’s almost game time: my cut starts tomorrow! One last day of splurge meals and then it’s down to business. I’m ready.

John Stone Fitness Comments

2 Responses to “Excellent ride at Wekiwa State Park yesterday; Cut starts tomorrow!”
  1. Hey John,

    I am ready to start this new endeavor tomorrow. I was wondering did you used to have a digital caliper reader for body fat %. I am going to get on a scale for the first time in a while I dieted before but this time I have been studying some of your food logs and entries. Also will you allow us to follow on your myfitnesspal? I have used that app before and its great.

    Thanks lets do work!

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