I was feeling less than energetic Sunday morning but we headed for the trails anyway. This was the only picture I took the entire time, mostly because I was simply to exhausted to do anything but ride.
I used to think running was so simple - throw on a pair of shoes and head out the door. Then I started having problems, with my feet among other things. Turns out, the $75 Nikes weren't quite right for me. After about an hour at RoadRunner in Newbury Park, I had myself a pair of shoes that are amazing. Custom insoles not to mention two different sized shoes, to fit my two-different-size feet, which turned out to be a 12.5 and a 13.5. When they played back my foot motion in slo-mo, it was no wonder I had been having problems and generally not enjoying running at all. The first real test will be tomorrow night when I get home from work (I already went biking today, so I'm being lazy for the afternoon) and Donna head out for a three-mile jog.
We only went four days without riding, but it felt like it had been months. It's amazing what a little laziness will do to you. We took a ride to the beach today via Sycamore Canyon and the 2.5 hour ride really took a toll on us. The biggest problem was probably the fact that we had lunch before riding, which is very out of the ordinary for us. I'm afraid this sort of routine is something we'll have to get used to, given the long hours we'll probably be putting in at the office.
I whipped up this magical breakfast this morning, hoping to both recover from yesterday's ride AND give me a boost for today's ride - a heated bagel thin with peanut butter, and a Honey Stinger Waffle (serious energy food.) Time will tell if it works.
Even as someone who works in print media, I've adapted to online news so much that I forget about the other options. I enjoy interacting with and sharing content, to the point that I can't imagine going back to magazines. Yes, of course, I'm more than happy to pay for my electronic subscription.
When we hit a turn to head home, Donna suggested we go even further. Further meant making it the whole way to the coast, so I was thrilled to see this sight, knowing there was nothing between us and the ocean but a slew of downhill riding.
We left at 10:30 this morning and got home at 3:30, which means we spent about 4.5 hours in the saddle, pedaling today. Ouch! As tiring as the day was, it was such a beautiful day it was hard not to enjoy every minute of it.
Donna makes quite a transformation from the mtn biking chic to the gussied-up hottie! After our movie experience it was off to Lupe's mexican restaurant for dinner. I couldn't help but snap a few photos while we were waiting for our table. I went all out, skipped the rice and beans, and went straight after a cheese, chicken and beef enchilada. Good stuff!
Muvico at The Oaks in Thousand Oaks has two different types of theaters - standard and premier. We've never splurged with the premier tickets (they're $20 each) but today the movie we wanted to see was only playing in a premier theater. Around here of course, people don't think much of a $20 ticket but we're common folk who don't normally drop that sort of bank to see a movie. After reading the details, we realized the premier ticket includes a drink voucher and bottomless popcorn. By time we buy two normal tickets and buy drink and popcorn, we figured we're really only spending about $5 more than usual. Plus, the seats are huge - more like a love seat than anything. Plus, the arm-rest in the middle comes up, so you can snuggle - not that we were doing any smooching during the movie.
Donna not only loves Giant bicycles but she also diggs the pros that race for them. Her weapon of choice ever since she started racing has been a Giant Anthem. Regardless, she still wears a Specialized helmet. Of course, I don't know that Giant even makes a helmet, so I guess there's no direct competition there. Maybe it's her way of getting back at Giant for not hiring her almost a year ago when they had an opening - big mistake guys! This woman would have had Giant bikes on every race course and neighborhood street alike - bike shops wouldn't be able to keep them in stock.
Usually the saying goes the other way around but on our Westlake loop, this is how it goes. Climb up and over the ridge line then drop down into Westlake... then, turn around and come back up and over to get home.
There's one section of singletrack on our Westlake loop that is absolutely amazing. For parts of the country like Bend, Oregon, where velvet-like singletrack is commonplace, you might not think much of it, but here in SoCal, most trails are littered with loose rock and, well, not-so-loose rock. Add to that some recent precipitation and dang, you've got some singletrack smoother than a baby's butt!
The weather has been a little less than desirable lately. This winter is turning out to be much cooler and much more overcast than in years past. Regardless, we did catch a few glimpses of blue sky during today's ride.
The main reason we hiked Wildwood Park was to get a clear view of the snow-covered mountains in the distance. There are clear views from all over the county, but there's something about putting a little effort into achieving such a view that makes it more rewarding.
After a few consecutive days on the bikes, we decided to make Monday a rest day. Regardless, we still found ourselves taking a hike to the top of Wildwood Park. The trails are far too muddy for biking, but we managed a short hike just fine. The views from the climb to the top are great, despite all the development below.