Top Five Work-Outs of 2013, Part 1.
It’s good to throw some sporting competition into your life. It helps you set definable goals that, with hard work and training – and a certain degree of luck come race day – you might even achieve. But it’s the everyday physical activities that put the ongoing spring in your step, that help keep you fit, focused and, hopefully, happy. Here then, in reverse-ish order, are my top five work-outs of 2013.
5) Cycling the Catskill Mountain Relay 100k course.
Every summer, my buddy Joe Moryl comes up to stay for a weekend. We take in a monumental mountain bike ride and then reward ourselves with good wine, which is how we first met and bonded. This year, by coincidence rather than design, we ended up cycling – in reverse route – the course of the Catskill Mountain Relay 100k, a running race I had expected to compete in for a second time this summer, as part of a team, until it was canceled due to insufficient entries. The course is challenging, that’s for sure. Our bike climb up Peekamoose was so brutal, at over 15% incline, that I had the novel site of witnessing Joe dismounting. (In fairness, his bike doesn’t have the lower gears than mine does.) And the new gravel road surface on the ride down from Frost Valley into Oliverea truly terrified me; I rode the brakes of my relatively new Scott Speedster the whole way down, which still couldn’t bring me below 25mph. But of course it was still a blast. Though we saw very few pedestrians or cyclists on this essentially back-roads ride, we did get to stop at my friend Josh’s house about 50 miles in, where I knew we’d be offered a reviving beer or two, and the evening saw us restore our body weight with excellent home food and not a couple of fine Italian wines. Already looking forward to next year.