“make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.”
― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild
Started the day out with an early-morning run with Dave. Maybe 3 miles. My leg is still killing me from my crash on Friday, and he got a little soft on me while spending two-weeks in Baja- so it wasn’t any kind of record-breaking run.
In hopes to keep up my fitness level (which is waning thanks to the fact I’ve finally hit that mid-30s age when your metabolism up and quits), I did a fast a furious round at Lunch Loop before picking Connor up from school. I attempted to record it on Strava, but the app kind of failed. I like to think it just couldn’t keep up with me! Bwah ha ha ha
I thought the rest of the day was going to be a little cardio in the evening- been having a lot of fun dancing to “Just Dance” videos on YouTube. I hate mascots.
But I was wrong. I’d forgotten that Sara has organized a group ride once a week for intermediate/advanced riders working on learning some new skillz. So of course I wanted to go and support her. Niner Bikes was hosting a demo ride as well, and I was able to borrow a bike to ride around with the ladies.
The group got a 5-minute head start on me, so to catch up I cruised as fast as I could, and caught the group not far up Pet-e-kes. Rode most of the ride with the group until I ran out of water and decided to finish up and head over to the Grand Mesa Jeep Club meeting.
The end result? Exhaustion.