Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Biking on Canada Road...

I went biking with a buddy of mine on Sunday. It looks like I hadn't taken Gigi for a ride since before Thanksgiving so it was nice to get out there again. And I always feel just a little bit more hardcore when I put on my bike shoes, gloves, sunglasses, and helmet - heehee.

Neither of us had biked in awhile so we did a relatively easy but pretty route on Canada Road up north of where I live.

It was my first time there and I really enjoyed it. It's got great scenery as you bike along the Crystal Springs Reservoir and there are some nice houses further along on the route. Even better, it's about a seven mile stretch before you even hit a stop sign! This route is perfect for scaredy-cat bikers like me. The shoulders are really wide and there are hardly any cars on this road. (They actually close the road down to cars on Sundays but not during the "winter". ) There are lots of rolling hills to make it a challenging ride but not too bad as I never had to shift into total granny gear mode. There are even dirt paths along the road for runners, too.

When you do hit the stop sign, there's a little market nearby that's perfect for refueling and stuff. (Not that we needed it for biking 7 miles.)

Anyway, it was a great day out, although maybe a little bit chilly (which I know I should shut up about as it was nothing compared to the 1 degree weather I had in Cleveland while I was home for the holidays), and we had a perfect 15 mile bike ride.

It also pretty much marked the end of my nice two week vacation. As I mentioned above, I spent the first week in OH with my family in the midwest to celebrate Christmas. The second week was more of a forced vacation as my company had a mandatory shutdown. I had all these great plans for things I wanted to do last week. Most of it was just wishful thinking but here are the highlights of what I did get done:
  • Went running twice and biking once (still continuing to neglect the gym, though - DOH!)
  • Ventured up to the east bay for a very fun blogger meet up
  • Cleaned out and re-organized my closet - discovered a bunch of clothes that I had forgotten about
  • Got my eyebrows threaded (TMI?)
  • Updated my blogs more regularly than I had in the past
  • Discovered a new love for Rock Band drums
  • Went to the Leonardo exhibit at the Tech Museum
  • Met up with a childhood friend that I hadn't seen since we were kids (reconnected through facebook)
  • Had a test run for a virtual/web conference baby shower we're having next weekend (that's how we do it in silicon valley - haha)
  • Kinda/sorta helped out my friend with her wedding planning
  • Started a special project for another friend that reads this blog so I can't reveal anymore ;)
  • Did not do any work - yippee!!!
And now I'm back at work. It wasn't as painful as I thought but it does suck to have to set the alarm again.

I'm kind of mad at myself because I went to all the trouble to pack my gym bag this morning and then forgot to pack the darn thing in my car! Sure I could go home after work, change, and then head to the gym but who are we kidding? Once I'm home, I don't usually head back out.

Ah well...

12 comments:

MissAllycat said...

Drums for Guitar Hero?? I need this. NEED!! :)

Alisa said...

I hear you! Once I'm home I don't move. Though now that we don't have TiVo (he died) or cable I might have to leave the house for the gym at nights just to watch TV =).

Great to meet you! I'm excited to read more about your 2009 adventures.

aron said...

yay for bike rides! although i am deathly afraid of them :) sounds like you had fun!

Cindy said...

what did you think of the threading? i can't imagine them getting all the little hairs with that, but then i've never actually seen it done before.

joyRuN said...

Sounds like you got a lot done!

You're making me want a bike...

Marathon Maritza said...

Yay for the bike ride! Sounds like fun!

It's hard for me to get back out there once I'm home too, which is why I'm a morning worker-outer...I just talk myself out of it after work.

And going back to work was PAINFUL for me, so I'm glad it was easier on you!

Nitmos said...

You can have the Rock Band drums. My kids are driving me nuts with them.

Mica said...

I bet you totally looked adorable and hardcore in your biking outfit!

How was threading? I was thinking about getting it done, but it kind of freaks me out...

bill carter said...

I'm totally jealous of that weather. It has been brutal so far this winter in Michigan and we're not even into the bad stuff yet.

Hope you have a great '09 and best of of luck with your training.

Amanda said...

I love the idea of biking on Canada Road - if I were there I think I would have jumped on the biking trails with you for sure. :)

Chic Runner said...

Wow, I leave for christmas break and come back and audrey is alive again! Hooray! :) Once I get home from work I'm done and so tired! That stinks you left your bag at home :(

RoadBunner said...

I think this is the same stretch the Velo Girls use on their beginner Mellow Velo ride. I agree -- ride shoulders, smooth pavement and very few stop signs make it a great place to ride.

I am actually thinking about selling my bike :( I don't think I have the nerves of steel needed to be a cyclist!

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