The holiday season can be stressful for a lot of people, myself included and this holiday season is shaping up to be a doozy! I’m not prepared to discuss exactly WHY it’s going to be more stressful than other years, but just trust me when I say that it is.
Generally the day before a “major” holiday like Thanksgiving or Christmas, my gym always does a group fitness “amazing workout” which usually consists of 2 hours of fantastic music, great inspiration and motivation, and I’m able to clear my head and focus on just me for a short time. Then I come home and all the stress returns though I feel better prepared to deal with it since I’m still on an endorphin high! Working out is just something I need to be able to refocus on the craziness of my life!
Then the “big day” arrives and I need to burn off some stress energy. We travel for our major holidays. We head down to my hometown of Venice, FL (best city EVER!!) where my parents, sister and her family, aunts, uncles, and grandma all live. Venice is an amazing little town and recently just completed the most amazing paved trail; the Legacy Trail. We always bring our bikes when we head to V-Town and we stay at the Hampton Inn and Suites and the Legacy Trail is right behind the hotel property, which is just perfect!! Usually either my mom comes and stays with the trio, or we take the trio to her, but either way, it gives James and I the ability to bike an awesome trail which ends up being about 30 miles roundtrip because we always cycle to the southernmost end from the Hampton, and then cycle all the way up to the northern most end, and then end back at our hotel.
This is a great ride for a variety of reasons, the most important one being that it gives me some much needed “alone” time with my husband. Neither of us listens to our “music” on these rides. We talk to each other. We really talk. Cycling is a fitness activity that we can do TOGETHER. I’m an extrovert and THRIVE on group fitness classes, and my husband is an introvert and prefers to work out alone, cycling being his preferred activity and this is something that connects us together. Life can get so crazy and with kids, jobs, bills, obligations, etc, etc, etc, we sometimes forget what it was that made us fall in love in the first place. Cycling allows us to re-establish that connection. We do cycle together more than just at the holiday time, but this is our favorite ride because we know the kids are in excellent hands (my mom or sister!!) and we can just go and reconnect.
We both really look forward to our Holiday Cycle rides and this year is no exception. I’m not sure exactly how it’s going to play out because of the (alluded to) stressors, but I know it will all work out in the end.
If you are a Tampa Bay area cyclist and looking for a great trail not too far from home, I highly encourage you to check out the Legacy Trail. It’s always fun to check out new trails. We’ve done a lot of cycling throughout the Tampa Bay area and this one ranks right up there with the best! You cycle through some of the most beautiful spots in Sarasota County, see a variety of wildlife, yet can still easily hop off the trail for lunch/water/bathroom breaks.
Where is your favorite place to cycle?