I hadn't gotten a workout in since Thursday morning and I was anxious to get in a nice, long ride.
I parked my car at Bolsa Chica State Beach and headed south on the bike path.
I was pleased to see how more comfortable pedaling was after adjusting the saddle height last week.
I was looking forward to going on a longer ride sans time constraints since most of my rides so far have been in the morning before work.
The cycling experience is vastly different from running. It was good practice for me to learn to maneuver around the foot traffic, skate boarders, and beach cruisers. Interestingly enough, I found the runners and non-beach cruiser riders were more likely to have better beach path manners.
There was a sign designating the route as the Santa Ana River Trail.
I was thrilled to have found a way to continue riding without ever getting near a road.
I yearn to snap pictures like I do when I'm running but there's no way I could do that while riding. The cool part is that I can have Lexa pose for my pictures when we're out for a ride.
My knees were feeling good but my lower back was getting progressively tighter and the saddle was starting to hurt. I decided I would look for a good turnaround point.
Excited but nervous, I gingerly rolled onto the bridge. It wasn't as bumpy as I'd expected.
Instead of crossing over to the other side, I decided this was a good time to head back since my lower back was really sore and tight.
We ended up doing 22.1 miles on our first long ride.