Cherry blossoms and bike ride along the river

I haven’t been on a bike ride along the river since December 23, when I had a bad fall off my bike while trying to take a hill I wasn’t used to. My leg hurt for a couple of weeks, and then the weather turned really cold. Then I had my recent trip to Boston.

Well today the weather is beautiful. So there was no putting off a bike ride anymore. It really is nice weather today. Beautiful blue skies, and you don’t even need a jacket out. Truly spring has come.

I thought I would’ve lost muscle strength because I haven’t gone riding in so long, except for short bicycle rides to the supermarket and to run errands. However, I was still able to take all the hills I usually take, and I really didn’t get tired until after about 7 km or so. So while I still have to build up strength again, it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.

The cherry blossoms aren’t quite in full bloom anymore, but as you can see in these photos there are still plenty. I would say it is 70% full bloom right now in my neighborhood.

It’s just really really nice out along the river.

















The “J” word

Just before, I was returning from visiting a friend in the hospital in Tsukiji. While walking back from the station, I felt like I had an excess of energy and wanted to go faster.

I didn’t run exactly. I looked it up on the Internet, and I think it is what people call “jogging.” Have you heard of it before? I don’t remember ever doing it.

If I had better shoes I feel like I could have gone faster. From the station to my house is just over 1 km. And sometimes I had to catch my breath, so I walked quickly between “jogs.” I could feel my body heat up and it was actually very invigorating.

I might do it again sometime!