Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I've Got A Confession

I feel it's necessary to get this off my chest.  I know some folks find this unforgivable, but I like running.  In fact, these days, I run more days than ride.  Well, I guess that's not exactly true because I do commute by bike virtually every day.  But that's different.  I go for a run more than I go for a ride.  What I'm specifically talking about is trail running.  

Part of the impetus for trail running is adapting to my immediate area.  When I worked near mountain bike trails, I rode a mountain bike almost every day.  Even though Marin County was ground zero for the creation of the mountain bike, there's really not great mountain biking in Point Reyes Station.  Legal mountain bike riding.  Even though I see plenty of tire tracks on my runs, I don't feel entitled enough to feel like I deserve to poach the trails.  Riding a mountain bike on the legal trails here is a bit overkill which is why I prefer to ride my cross bike.  Or my road bike.

The trails that are closed to bikes, however, are perfect for trail running.  Even while running them, I do occasionally think how awesome they would be for riding.  They rival anything Crested Butte has to offer.  

I was a runner before I was a cyclist.  In fact, it is running that got me into cycling.  By the time I graduated college in 1984, my knees were shot from running and beating them up on basektball and volleyball courts with crappy shoes.  Cycling saved my knees and now that they are good, I'm rediscovering running.  For the past 3 or 4 years, I've been able to run almost all of the 150 miles of trails in the Pt. Reyes National Seashore.  And I really like going out for an hour or two and experiencing the amazing trails the park has to offer.  The flora and fauna are incredible.  To me flowing across a single-track on my feet is just as fun as it would be on a bike.  

This went around the internet a while back.  Pretty funny as a cyclist.  I'd have to name it - "Running - When Riding Your Bike On The Trails Is Illegal."  

Just be worried if you hear that I've taken up swimming.

(What's playing:  Simple Minds Waterfront)


Anonymous said...

Do you ever ride your bike to the trailhead for your run?

Probably tough to find a place to lock it up...

blackmountaincycles said...

Actually, yes. There is a bike rack at the end of the legal section of the Bear Valley Trail that I'll ride to, lock the bike up, and run the trails out there. Makes for quite a nice couple hours.

Pat said...

Why haven't I ever thought of the ride/run scenario from the BVT rack?! Good starting point for a run.

Anonymous said...

Are you related to Tim Varley? He was a standout distance runner from the San Diego area.

blackmountaincycles said...

No relation, but I know the name from back in the day.