I wanted to find a good hike to help get my climbing legs back as bike season begins. Saturday morning I went with the Women's group I had gone with a could times before in Greenwich. It was just a short 17.7 miles and I felt good the whole way but I could tell with the few short climbs that I was going to have to get some more leg work in. I don't know if I just have some sort of mild version of SAD, but over the last few months I have found many excuses to hold myself back in terms of being active. The more I start to collect and read all of these running and healthy eating blogs and hear about my own friends who conquer such awesome, inspirational athletic feats every day the more I am starting to push myself more. I've started to really understand that your body is usually always more capable than you THINK it is. And while that isn't to say you shouldn't listen to and take care of your body, you have more ability and strength than you think you have and it's okay to push yourself because more often than not you'll come out feeling on top of the world. (or on top of Breakneck Ridge :) ).
So on with that story..I didn't leave town until noon and a I took my time on the hour and a half drive. I stopped at this country store in the rolling "countryside" of NY drawn to the sign for fresh bread but ended up with a fresh new bar of soap instead!
|The season was still early so they didn't have much in stock, I'll have to come back and pay the lady a visit during the summer|
|Can't wait to try it tonight!|
|Not quite to the top yet, a view of the Hudson River - My car is somewhere at the bottom of that hill that I am now above|
|The surprise ending - a breathtaking view on the other side of the ridge|
I think hiking alone as its upsides - you can take everything in at your own pace and enjoy your own thoughts. When I go though I try to stick to shorter hikes because it can get a little boring by yourself as you don't have conversation to pass the time on the trail. Plus, I don't like to get too far in away from my car in case something happens. I usually always go to a state park where I know there will be plenty of other tourists like me. :) Here is a map of the park and you can see which trail I did - obviously there is a lot of ground I didn't cover. Trail Map
After my hike I went down to the historic downtown area near the train (every city on CT and NY seem to have a typical "Main Street". Every little cafe I went into had something I wanted to buy and it's always awkward going into small cafes without buying anything (which is why I ended up with an oatmeal cookie and a coffee at the first one I stopped at). So much for avoiding sugar ha! I'm goign to bank on since it was a Natural Health food cafe that it wasn't too unhealthy because it was one of the best cookies I've ever had! I sat on a bench on the street watching people and dipping it in my hot coffee.
Now it's back home and back to reality! And time to shower..I feel all icky and crawly..