I’ve primarily been writing about running this past summer when posting about fitness, but it’s not the only form of exercise I enjoy. So what else is there? Cycling, of course! Albeit I’m still a noob, it’s a great way to cross-train nevertheless. I started out late spring of this past year on the Fuji Absolute 4.0, a hybrid I bought from Bike Club VA in Falls Church. Fuji markets this bike as “a classic flat bar bike that offers the performance of a road bike with the comfort you want from a hybrid.” Hybrids have a combination of characteristics from both road and mountain bikes creating a comfortable ride on bike paths and also are ideal for urban commuting. Here’s mine:
Over the summer, I decided I would complete my first triathlon in 2011. To get more efficiency out of my bike ride, this meant I would need a road bike. I was barely on the lookout for one when I unexpectedly received this as a gift on my 24th birthday:
I’ve now put on about 50 miles across 4 different trails since I got it. The differences between riding a road bike and a hybrid are so stark, I’m beginning to wonder why I didn’t just start out on one. Shifting is so smooth and I can feel that I’m expending less energy now than I did before on the Fuji.
The other great thing about biking is discovering an entirely different part of your world. I’ve tried so many new trails this year that I never even knew existed before. DC has become so much more beautiful to me now because of this. Here’s a list of a few that you can try on both wheels and feet:
- Capital Crescent Trail: Georgetown to Bethesda/Silver Spring, MD
- W&OD: Shirlington to Purcellville, VA
- Mount Vernon Trail: Rosslyn to Mt. Vernon, VA
- Beach Drive (Rock Creek Park): DC to Bethesda, MD – Beach Drive is closed to motorists from 7AM to 7PM on weekends!!
- Custis Trail: Arlington, VA to Georgetown, DC
- Prince William Forest Park Scenic Drive: 12 mile paved looped partially closed to motorists!