I can’t wait to come back!!
Just last weekend, I was traveling & stressing about putting what kind of damage my bike might have suffered in the flight over … and then I struggled on the first ride … but by the end of the week- I’ve started to get the swing of things.
Overall, I’m so glad that I brought my mountain bike. Biking in Hawaii, I’m going to get much better at the technical stuff, the short punchy climbs and the slip & slide.
It helped that my coach put in the touch with another rider that lives on Oahu. Better yet, he lives in the north shore. Biking at Sunset Hills was awesome. I biked up to a pillbox (old WWII gunnery), got some good flow AND watched a whale breach for 5-10 minutes. What can I say? Nothing short of adventure when you’re peeing behind a bush with a guy that you just met 30 minutes ago!
Road riding was a whole other nerve wracking adventure. Bike lane? No. Shoulder of the road? Skinny. Drivers that respect bikers? Meeh… 50/50, I’d say. The views? AMAZING!!!
And then it rained. I expected super slippery trails, so when for a run through the Botanical Gardens… and got a treat. 🙂 wild hogs on the route: not my average run.
The next day, I tried a mountain bike ride again. A bit slippery, which made things super interesting when climbing switchbacks…. but overall another great workout with great views.