I often think about how ‘productive’ I am being when I have down-time from work. After finishing up my freelance gig with The Tennis Channel, I am back to searching for the next work
opportunity. Productivity shouldn’t only be measured in dollars. I’m talking about physical training opportunities, running, hiking, biking, etc. I should relish the time off from work that I have because it allows me to pursue the things I love and affords me the ability to push my body and stay in shape for the next ‘big adventure’.
With all this in mind, I managed to get out for a couple runs including a half marathon distance this past week. My left ankle (previously sprained at Burning Man) didn’t appreciate this distance very much. I don’t want to stop running but I think I will stick to less then 10 miles runs to keep the impact down and give my body time to heal itself. I am trying to help it along with LOTS of hydration and using compression after strenuous activity to help recovery. To keep the intensity up and reduce impact, I turned to biking this weekend with a nice long ride in Topanga State Park.
Since I have been in LA it seemed like I had to drive a significant distance to find good riding or trail running. This Sunday was a great instance of discovery as I learned that access to Topanga State Park is only a 15 minute drive from my house. I accessed the great trail system from the 405 highway at Mulholland drive. Parking is at San Vincent Mountain Park near the Skirball Cultural Center. From this location you can ride some serious distance on a mix of fire roads and single track.
I intended to do about 20 miles and ended up grinding out just over 30…on the single speed. While my bike choice wasn’t great, the terrain offered amazing climbing opportunities. I was able to do a loop instead of an out-and-back and managed just shy of 5,700 feet of climbing. It’s funny how I feel like the mountains here don’t even begin to compare to Colorado – true but the climbing exists. This ride offered views of the Pacific ocean with some blazing descents.