Tuesday, January 1, 2013

1-1-13 A New Year's WOD: Biking!

Happy New Year! It's been a little over 1 year since I started blogging about how I exercise.  Everything was great up until I herniated my L5/S1 disc in March.  I think after that, I got a little depressed and was feeling like I wasn't going to be able to be as active as I wanted to be.  I had to cut way back on everything, no Forged Fitness for almost 3 months, no running for 3 months, and no biking for over 1 month.  It felt like forever.  And running has not been the same since I hurt my back.  There's been a gradual improvement in running but it just is not as fun as it used to be. I feel like I have to make more of an effort to run even at a slow pace.  We will see if time takes care of this or if I just quit running altogether.  I'm still seeing a chiropractor once every two weeks to maintain a healthy back and hoping 2013 brings me back to normal and stronger.

The back injury was the worst of 2012, the best of 2012 was this:
Completed my first marathon at Medoc, got my 26.2 miles finally even though it kicked my ass.
Did my second Fight Gone Bad (not sure why I didn't publish the story earlier but it's posted now!) and improved my score from 2011.
Attended a BetterRide Clinic: Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 went a long way towards improving my mountain biking skills and fun on the bike this year. Definitely worth the money and time.
My mountain bike vacation in Fruita, Colorado: Day 1 and the Recap
The next evolution in my biking: Singlespeeding

I am pretty sure 2013 will be even better than 2012, I just don't see anywhere to go but up!
And I started the New Year off right with a mountain bike ride, albeit, it was a bridle trail ride at Umstead but it was still a ride (all the singletrack was too wet and muddy).  From my house to the greenway and then connecting to Umstead for a long loop, and then back home, I got about 18.3 miles at a 9.1 mph pace.  It was a gloomy, rainy day but somehow the rain stopped during my ride and I ended up having a great bike ride and saw only a few other hardy souls on the trails (runners!).  And it was the first time I forgot to bring my Camelbak! I still can't believe I didn't get thirsty over an 18 mile ride but I managed, I guess it helped that it was in the 40s and I wasn't sweating.  The best way to start a new year.  

The greenway back home, it's really FAST going down, it's a pain in the ass going up up 200 ft in elevation with 3-7% grade along the way.  The last leg of every bike ride starting from my house is me facing this hill.


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