Within a few blocks I knew what I was going to do, I was going to explore Frink Park!
Who knew there were so many trails in this bit of woods? It was a blast! I bet you could construct a pretty cool little training loop here if you wanted. I went up trails/stairs and then right back down just to see where they went.
After a snack and some procrastination about where to ride I went out on my bike for my first officially sanctioned 'hard' ride since my ankle injury.
By 'hard' I mean I didn't go diving for the small chainring every time the road tipped up and I tackled some real hills. The first one was Tiger and it made it abundantly clear that my cycling fitness (hell, ANY fitness these days) is not what it used to be. On the steepest pitch I had to shift to my smallest gear (36x27) and I was sure glad I had it.
But over the top I got back into the big ring pronto and then managed to sustain 25+ mph all the way down Issaquah Hobart Rd into Issaquah. I was thrilled! That has not happened in ages.
As I was leaving Issaquah I was having this mental debate about whether or not to climb Cougar at all, whether I should go up the Zoo road or 164th, and before I realized what was happening I had turned left up the Zoo road. Nice.
Once again I spent plenty of time in my smallest gear but but hey, I made it! I even had fun doing it.
Near the top there was a house for sale on the left side of the road that looked like it had been gutted by fire...?!
Descending the mountain was a thrill. It made me remember why riding bikes is so freaking awesome. From there I cruised down Lakemont, past the Red Town Trailhead where all the trail runners were parked (I'll be back!) and home across Mercer Island where I was lucky enough to miss all of the Mercer Island Half Marathon mess. Whew!
Crossing the island I realized I was very, very tired. But also super happy to be able to do this - finally.
|Breakfast||8:00 AM - 2 bananas, almond butter, tea|
|Workout Food||walk - nothing|
ride - 2 large bottles each w/2 scoops Perpetuem, Promax bar
|Time of Day||walk - 6:45 AM|
ride - 10:00 AM
|Workout Type||walk - getting used to impact|
ride - endurance
|Weather||walk - low 30s, dry, calm|
ride - upper 30s to mid 40s, sunny, dry, calm
|Time||walk - 54 min|
ride - 3:06
|Distance||walk - 3.6 miles|
ride - 54 miles
|Pace||walk - 16:18/mile baby!|
ride - 17.4 mph (I guess those hills really put a dent in my average)
|Equipment||walk - Brooks Launch, Garmin Fenix|