Since I ran yesterday, I woke up at 7:30 this morning to fit in my bike ride. Getting dressed, I realized how much more gear you need for biking. I have my day-glo biking jacket, so I can be seen on the road and also possibly blind passerby...
Bike helmet, gloves, sunglasses so I'm not blinded by bugs, bike pants with a nice cushy seat, Garmin to attach to the bike and of course, my bike. Before I even leave, I need to check tire pressure, inflate my bike tires and make sure I have my water bottle with me. Extra tube, tire pry and air canister in case I get a flat? Check. Cell phone in case something else goes wrong? Check. Credit Card in case I get stuck somewhere? Check. Biking takes so much more preparation than running! With a run, I put on my sneakers, watch and ipod and I'm out the door.
Once everything is in order, I'm off. I love the feeling of being on a bike. My road bike feels so light that's its more like an extension of my legs. I pedal up Coronado feeling strong and fast. Once I encounter the first slight incline, my effort increases. I push through it. My route today is along the canal. It is chilly outside and I wish I had something covering my ears. I like the canal because it is traffic free and I usually see a lot of other runners and bikers.
Much prettier with greenery. Winter has made it even more dry and dead looking.
I make it back home in 43 minutes. Total distance: 10.5 miles.