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Fake it 'til you make it

Fake it 'til you make it

I wasn't feeling it today. At all. I only suited up because I thought that tomorrow I might regret not riding. And I promised myself that I wouldn't go too hard or try any big climbs.

But gradually, my legs loosened up, and after 20 minutes of easy pedaling, I started to get into it. And just like that, I was feeling like myself again. So I headed back to the Woodridge Trail the "hard way": back along the reservoir fense instead of up Erbes & Sunset Hills.

But I'm old and wise enough not to push it on days like this. I stretch my legs, warm up, keep the engine running for a bit, put in a couple short, hard efforts, and then head for home before I start feeling tired. And I make sure sure to hydrate well, and get a post-ride snack immediately after the ride.

And, as a bonus, I've finally learned to roll through the drainage to reach the trail west from the Long Canyon trailhead, which is nice. No more timid dismounting and shuffling across. Smooth like buttah.

Sunrise & Woodridge Loop

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