Sunday, January 09, 2011

Iced up

Vacation took a heavy toll on me. I’ve been back nearly a week but still haven’t gotten back to a routine. Sloppy diet, too much alcohol, yadda, yadda, yadda. My energy level has plummeted. It’s time to suck it up and get back in the game. More riding, less hedonism.

Still, I’ve managed to get out for a couple of mellow rides since returning from Hawaii. Sarah, a college student from Missouri who watched our house while we were gone, had never pedaled a fat bike, or ridden studs on ice. So over the past few days, we made sure she did both. After all, what’s the point of visiting Alaska in the dead of winter unless you get to sample some riding on snow and ice?

The coastal flats in South Anchorage are frozen solid and free of snow, so locals should stud up and get out there while it’s good. Decent ice riding on the coast is always a temporary thing. It would be a shame to waste it.

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