It’s Monday morning. To some people, this signals little more than the end of their short-lived two days of freedom and the start of five long days at work. That’s how I used to live too. But not anymore. Now, every day is a good day to be outdoors. Sure, I have a day job that requires me to spend long hours at an office desk from Monday to Friday. But that’s only one part of my life; the hours between 4:30am and 7:30am are mine to use for my own pleasure.
This morning I have to drop Mum’s ute back at her place. It’s also near Bayview Conservation Park so I take my mountain bike so that I can ride it home. I am starting to feel a cold coming on so I decide to take it easy. If I hadn’t needed to drop the ute off I might have taken a rest day but the morning is so beautiful that I’m glad I went out riding.
I ride steadily today, focusing on technique not speed. I keep my average heart rate in the aerobic zone and cruise along the fire trails until I reach ‘You’re Kidding’. The trail is as delightful on my second pass as it was the first time I rode it. Only this time I manage to hop my bike over many of the fallen logs. I only ride with flat beds so can’t lift the whole bike using my legs but I can use my arms to pop the front wheel over the logs and then have the back wheel follow. These small wins on the skills front feel like mammoth leaps forward.
After You’re Kidding I follow the fire trails back towards my home. But before I can exit the bush I have to climb the ‘Grass Trees’ trail. It’s a steep, narrow switch-back climb that runs between grass trees. Some of the grass trees are so close to the track that it takes precision not to get my pedals caught on them but I make it up in one piece. I have to walk some of the switch backs because I can’t get the momentum to pull through but every time I climb I am walking less.
After the climb I hoot down the fire trail to the exit gate. The first few times I rode down here I sat on the brakes the whole way down. Today I was able to use them a little less. I’ll probably never fly downhill without using the brakes because it’s not in my nature; but as I gain confidence I am finding that my speed is increasing considerably. I even got some air this morning over some of the jumps.
Total: 12.14km @ 11.3kh with average 72% maximum heart rate. Average temperature 6.5’C.