Bike Riding

I’ve got in some in great bike rides this past week. Lots of time on the road bike and some time on the mountain bike as well. Good times indeed. It is so refreshing to be able to mix things up with both types of riding and training.

I really enjoy riding my road bike but there is something to be said for being out in the woods surrounded by nature. I’m starting to feel more comfortable on my mountain bike. The confidence is coming around. I’m relaxing a bit more and really starting to feel the bike and the trail underneath me.

Friday was a recovery day. So I loaded my mountain bike into the car and hit up Kanata Lakes. I had a blast. I could have stayed in there all morning. But since it was a recovery day, this would not be happening. I made the most of my precious 90 minutes in the woods. I went back to the same trails that Karl showed me. I practiced some of the new skills, got more comfortable on the descents, and just generally had fun on my bike.

I kind of felt like a kid. Just pedaling along, completely relaxed, not worrying about power numbers, cadence, or heart rate. Just riding my bike for the sheer joy of it. Can’t ask for much more.

Hooked up with KingsBridge head honcho for a brainstorming session. Keep your eyes on the KingsBridge blog – the action will be hotting up on this web site. Did you know that KingsBridge also has a Facebook page? This is the place where we post our riding and racing news – go check it out and become a “fan”. You’ll be glad you did.

So you know about the Heel ‘N’ Wheel-a-Thon on June 13 – the annual fundraiser for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. But did you know that May 19 is World IBD Day? World IBD Day is a day where we focus on raising awareness of these diseases. I’m involved with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada’s campaign – helping to put a face to these diseases and showing people that a rich and full life can still be had. The main goal though is to get people talking and thinking about these diseases – unfortunately IBD doesn’t have the public profile of many other diseases, making it a challenge to raise the funding we need to find the cause(s) and ultimately the cure(s) for Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis. May 8 is also a pretty bid day – this is the annual M & M Charity BBQ Day – stop by your local M & M, donate $2.50 to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada, and get yourself a tasty burger or hot dog.

Alright, I’m stepping off my soapbox now….

Time to get ready for yoga and then out for solid three hours on the road bike. I’m hitting up Kanata Lakes on Sunday at the crack of dawn (7 a.m.) – three hours of trail riding. See you there?

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