New Years Day, the first day of
January 2006 and we didn't have a ride scheduled, but Bob and I ended up
doing a short spur of the moment ride just to get out on our bikes.
The weather was decent and we both wanted to do something outside, so we
went for a quick bike ride.
Bob came by my house and we decided
to ride to the Village Shopping Center at Adams and Walton. Bob's
tires were low so we went to the Shell gas station on the corner for air.
Turns out my tires were a bit low as well. We each took a turn
filling our tires before continuing our ride. There weren't many
people out this day. I guess most people were at home relaxing or
taking a nap after staying up late the night before at new years eve
parties. I don't particularly care for new years eve parties, never
have. But I'm not much of a night person so the idea of staying up
late to see midnight just never made much sense to me. I like up
getting up early and going outside to start enjoying the day right away.
I feel like if I sleep in much past 8:30 am I'm wasting the whole day.
It is amazing how much you can get done when you get an early start.
When Diane and I went to Chicago with Pete and Elaine this past fall, I
think I saw more of Chicago when I went out walking by myself early Sunday
morning while everyone else was still sleeping. By the time everyone
got up and we went out for breakfast I felt like I was eating lunch
because I had already eaten breakfast a couple hours earlier.
After leaving the gas station we
rode down the main road of the Village Shopping Center. There were
only a few people out walking around and Bob and I owned the road as we
cruised through on our bikes. I noticed a few of the people looking
enviously at us wishing they were riding a bike like us. This
shopping center is relatively small so it doesn't take long to ride
Instead of heading home back north
on Adams we decided to take some of the side streets west of Adams to make
the ride a little longer. We knew it wasn't going to be a long ride,
but we weren't ready to head straight home. By taking the back roads
we were able to stretch out the ride by a few extra miles. We rode
up and down a couple streets even going the wrong direction a couple
times. After meandering for a few minutes we started to head toward
Even though it was a short ride it
felt real good to be out on my bike for the first time since my Christmas
day ride. I think I'm going to try and set a new trend of riding on
all holidays when ever possible. Bob and I have been trying to go
out and jog at least once per week as well. Bob actually has been
doing a lot more running than one day a week, but I am trying to make a
point to join him at least once per week. We have been doing between
2.5 and 5.0 mile stretches depending how we feel. Usually we end up
running about 3.5 miles at a time. This distance makes for a good
workout and doesn't take too much time.
Following are the statistics for
this first ride of 2006, not a long ride by any means but certainly better
than not riding at all, 6.5 miles, 15.6 max mph, 10.3
average mph and 38 minutes of time on bike.