Today I felt ambitious, or antsy because my favorite trails are flooded, so I took the rims trail between 27th Street and Zimmerman trail. Mike and I can do the whole loop in under an hour but that's starting from the trail head and not my office. Because of this, I've never tried that trail during a lunch break. But like I said, my trails are flooded and the other rims trail was more than I wanted to deal with today.
I pumped the pedals up the hill almost to the top of 27th Street and finally cut over to the trail. Usually we take a short breather to gather ourselves after that climb but I didn't have the luxory of time so I kept going. I could feel my legs burning almost immediately. I anxiously watched the clock until I reached the point where I felt I was committed to the ride and it would take longer to turn around and go back than it would to finish the trail and crank back on the street. I had a great time. I discovered that I am a little more sore than I thought I was from this weekend's rides in Norther Idaho (to be posted soon). The bumpy rock surface of the rims rattled me to the core and I could feel my wrists, forearms, knees and thighs tightening up. It was quite the work out for a lunch hour. I made it back in just over an hour of ride time, longer than I wanted to take but pretty good considering the terrain and distance.
Now I'm pooped and my legs are rubber. At least my mind has been refreshed and ready for another 4 hours of work.