You know any park with "hill" in its name is going to have some climbing, and at Matson the uphills start before you even get into the park. I was
We had plans to bike and run while we were there, so we started off on the bikes. The trail weaves downhill, through a short flat section, and climbs up again. This was my first time at Matson, and my first time on a mountain bike since July 18 (only my second since June 23!), and it always takes a while for me to get my sea legs under me on singletrack. I know that I'm going to be really tentative starting out; that's just how I roll. Still, I was a little disheartened to look down at my Garmin and see the kind of pace I'm used to when trail running -- and we were riding downhill!
Matson's a great trail...mostly dirt with some rocky patches thrown in, creek crossings (all but one of which were bone dry yesterday), and lots of switchbacks. Even around 8 in the morning in the shade, it was hot and humid. Bleh. I was feeling pretty wimpy at the beginning and walked spots that made me nervous, but I got more comfortable as we rode.
Once we'd been riding for a while I felt more comfortable and started enjoying myself. The bazillion switchbacks I rode at the Indian Camp Creek race must have helped, because I only put my foot down a time or two on switchbacks. We got to ride on the newest section of trail, and we had to stop to check out some fun trail relics.
|Gotta stay hydrated!|
|What a guy!|
Our ride was over, but we still weren't finished with Matson. I changed out of my soaked bike gear and threw on running clothes, and then we headed back onto the trail. The first (downhill) part felt really good, but the uphills were pretty terrible. This combination of being out of shape plus temps in the 90's is a killer.
|We rode up and down this section during our ride. It looked a little more daunting to me in person.|
I'm going to have to be working up to a lot longer runs than the 2.7 we ran, though, because I just registered for this year's Skippo 30K trail race. Despite the fact that I did this same race last year and should know better, I still went and signed up for the longest distance...and then started doing the math. Yikes...18.6 trail miles. But I do love this race, and it looks like I'm going to have a stack of friends there, so that'll make for a great time. And if this doesn't get me running again, I don't know what will.