New Bike Path!

A few years ago the main road I used to ride my bike on was torn up for a new freeway. They said a multi-use path would be built alongside the freeway, but I was skeptical.

Yesterday I got to ride on the new path and it’s pretty awesome!

I was really doing good pedaling during the spring lockdown, feeling strong! Unfortunately I allowed my return to work in early May and the Phoenix summer heat to put the kibosh on my riding (and most other fun outdoor activities).

I’m past ready to get back at it, so it was nice to get back on the bike on such a beautiful day. Did my standard start and cruised down to the new path.

Looking West

It’s wide, smooth, has some hills, and is super protected from the freeway traffic. As skeptical as I was about it existing, I have to say ADOT really hit a home run with this. I love living in the Ahwatukee area of Phoenix and this is just another great addition!

Looking East

Now there’s really no excuse not to ride, and it’s the best time of year in AZ!!

Time To Get Back At It!

My major December work is finished at the restaurant! It’s always the toughest month of the year for work, which translates into a tough month to train through.

I was on a solid 6 day a week spree ,but finally succumbed to then need to just crank through some work, much needed rest, and the holidays.

The main reason I haven’t signed up for the Rock and Roll Az race in a while is the lack of training I’m usually able to get in during December. This year I got a solid early start to the training, and really by the time the weight of work took hold I feel my body was ready for the rest. The goal now is to be good at jumping right back into the training, just gotta get back to those habits quickly!

The six day a week training schedule had me feeling good:

  • Monday – Afternoon Swim (need to start getting in morning runs)
  • Tuesday – Morning Strength/Cardio
  • Wednesday – Morning Run – Afternoon Strength
  • Thursday – Morning Strength/Cardio
  • Friday – Rest
  • Saturday – Run or Ride (mtn bike or road bike)
  • Sunday – Ride or run (whichever I didn’t do the day before)

I was starting to feel pretty fit and I want to have a fun and active winter/spring before it gets hot. That is my motivation to get back at it, that and the entry fee I paid for the 1/2 marathon!

I’d like to get in at least one or two weekend backpacking trip in the next few months, I’m probably only going to be able to take 1 long backpacking trip this year, but a few short jaunts into the woods will be great!

Here’s to getting 2020 training off to a good start now! What are some tricks you use to keep up the training habits?


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Beautiful Day for Riding

Got in a short Saturday ride. Arizona weather is awesome right now, no reason to not enjoy the outdoors. I love the area we live in, great riding in a cool place, you always see lots of other active people!

Check out my ride on Strava!

ARA

While the heat of the summer can be tough to deal with, this time of year makes it worthwhile!

Running!

I’ve been trying to get back on the running train lately.

It’s been a few years since I was really running a good amount and I miss it. It can be a great morning workout, much quicker than a bike ride, and a great way to clear the head before a busy day.

I’ve felt pretty good on my past few runs considering how little I’ve run this year. I’ve dealt with some injuries in the past that have put the kibosh on the running, but I bought a new pair of running shoes that have been fantastic so far.

HokaOneOne Clifton 5

If I keep feeling good, with no pain, I’m going to sign up for the Rock and Roll Half Marathon here in Phoenix. Nothing like signing up for a race to get you motivated!

We’ll see how this works out!

Photo of The Week 8/05/19

Early morning hike- South Mountain Park

The Summer Heat is Bringing Me Down

I was hoping to have a solid summer of biking and hiking, but I just haven’t had the motivation to go out in the Phoenix heat!

For a long time I’ve been able to deal with and train through the summer, but in the past few years it has really started to effect me. I started noticing this in 2015, there were a few hot bike rides that really sent me sideways. I’m much more careful than I used to be when it comes to afternoon summer activities, always want to make home to the wife!!

I know with proper hydration and getting up early I can safely enjoy outdoor activities all year long, lots of people do it. But, sometimes when I take the dog out at 4am and it’s hot I just don’t feel like sweating it out.

Hoping to find my mojo!

Standard Phoenix Summer Weather

What do you do when the weather makes you lack motivation to get out and go?