Did I mention that ice cream is a crucial part of my training?
Cycling requires an intense amount of energy, and the body needs help to keep it at its optimal performance level. If you don’t refuel, you will learn that it isn’t long before you encounter the dreaded “bonk.” For you non-cycling enthusiasts, it means hitting the wall, r experiencing a complete loss of energy and your legs feel like cement.
Besides, I would rather do anything than train for hours without some sort of self-gratification. And the more miles you ride, the better the ice cream tastes. So, with this in mind, Sunday’s training involved a stop at the local ice cream shop in the downtown River Market district area. It’s quite a fun place with good food, alcohol, and above all else, my favorite chocolate ice cream. The store windows also provide an opportunity to check yourself out—you know…taking a quick glance to see what you look like when you ride.
There’s my bike in the picture… and some bald guy who happens to be walking by. He was trying to check himself out in the window but turned away when he saw us taking photos. Anyway, getting a dish of ice cream is a stroke of genius.
After the stop, we headed off again. We traveled over into the North Little Rock side of the river. It is very pretty riding through the nature park which forms a major part of the Clinton library area. It is a great place to hang out, relax, and look for birds and snappers. You can see the river and the river trail as it leads into the downtown area. We took some great pictures.
So, I am pleased to say that today’s training went very well. As they say, those who train (and eat ice cream) together remain together. Cheers.