Tuesday, March 24, 2009
A new place to ride...
One of the happiest places in the world for me to be is on my bike. What makes it even better? A new trail to explore and enjoy! That was my Sunday as I did a 38 mile ride around Lake Okeechobee. Ok, this trail is not exactly CLOSE to Orlando (its a 2 hour drive) but..wow...it made for a great morning of riding and viewing some amazing wildlife.
I was escorted on my ride by a gentleman from Okeechobee City who is an environmental scientist AND a cyclist. I learned so much about the lake and the everglades AND had a great ride to boot!!
I also met a woman who will be doing Ironman Florida so we had a wonderful conversation along with several other locals who use this trail each week to make their dreams of fitness and goals of completing running or cycling events come true. Although the Lake has been seriously effected by the current drought AND by pollutants from various sources in the past years, it is holding it own. We observed a Bald Eagle on the trail and then in flight, several LARGE gators getting their afternoon sun and a wide range of wildlife.
After a cycling workout of 25 miles and a 4 mile run on Saturday, this ride (although very slow) left my legs feeling fatigued. I came home that afternoon and CRASHED...but this windy trail sticks in my mind. This would be the PERFECT place to train for IM Florida.