Tuesday, April 29, 2014
There’s no better place for the first ride of the season than my backyard trails. There might be more exciting places to ride, but these are the trails I know best. No drive to the trailhead, just a glide down the driveway and 60 seconds of pavement pedaling leads to “my” 8 miles of single track. The trails here are rolling and flowy with a few twists and turns, fast and fun, perfect for logging a bunch of base miles, perfect for a quick weekend ride, a mid-week night ride, or a first ride of the season.
I almost always ride solo here, mostly because I ride these trails when I've got a short window to get in a quick ride, like today. Going solo feels right for the first ride of the season, soon enough I'll hook up with riding partners at SMBA, Luther Forest, Spier Falls.
My ride today is less than an hour and a half. I'd stay out longer if I could, but there's mulch to spread and leaves to rake at home. I'd ride every day if I could, but I've got a job, a family, a house. I could give up running and just ride, but that ain't gonna happen either. My next ride might be tomorrow, it might be next week, but those 90 minutes today are enough for now. There's a whole season of riding ahead.