Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live.
~ Mark Twain
I have talked a lot since the beginning of the year about how I am working hard to get into shape – not skinnier, or losing weight, but physically fit. I am having a really hard time getting back into running like I was 7 or so years ago. After injuring my knee and not being able to do any physical exercise for months, I lost all motivation for running. I have been running off and on this winter and spring, but nothing consistent. I would love to be back to the point that if someone called me up and said they wanted to go for a run, I could go without being afraid I would die of oxygen deprivation first.
Another thing that has been challenging is finding an exercise that I love as much as running, but that might be a bit easier to get back into. I golf at least twice a week, but that’s not really very hard exercise – especially when you use a cart like I do. I love to ride my bike, but I hate to ride on the regular roads because they get so boring and the view is always the same.
Enter my new adventure . . . trail riding on my mountain bike! I know this is not a new sport, and I know there are people way way better than me, but I absolutely love it! The fact that I can combine so many of the things I love – being outdoors, exercise, and adventure – into a great form of exercise is just a huge plus!
Sunday I took my bike to one of the mountains above La Grande and rode some of the roads/trails up there. I had a great time, and I really didn’t think I went very far until I clocked my distance with the pick-up. Originally, I thought I had ridden about 8 miles, but I forgot that I rode a quick little spur road that was about a mile long. All in all, I rode about 10 miles, and it felt great! My legs felt like jello, my arms were sore, and I definitely need a new bike seat before I do much more bouncy riding like that.
I stopped and took a few pictures with my phone at a couple different places because it was such a gorgeous day. Oh who am I kidding? I stopped to take the pictures because I thought I was going to die! 🙂 Anyway, the panoramic picture above is from one spot on top. I took several (six, I think) pictures and stitched them together to make the panoramic.
I guess the moral of all this, for me, would be to try something new, you never know what you’re missing out on if you don’t try new things.