The first 3 days of my 30 day challenge have gone well. Today I went mountain biking with our 10 month old Border Collie puppy, Mikey. To be a great dog for mountain biking, you need 3 key characteristics. First they need the stamina to be able to run up a mountain. Second, they must be great off-leash and respond to verbal-only commands. Third, they need to be able to keep up with a bike that's going 15-30 mph downhill. I don't know many dogs that can do that, but Mikey's pretty great with all of those.
There's lots of great single track mountain biking trails in San Luis Obispo and we conveniently live down the street from Irish Hills. Irish Hills has lots of trails, but there's an fun short inner loop that is a great fit for me. The climb is <20 minutes and the downhills is fun and fast with sweeping turns slicing through a forresty grove.
Today it took 17 minutes going up and about 6 going down. It's hard to think if a more efficient use of 23 minutes considering the dog just ran almost 3 miles, I had 15 instance minutes of cardio chased with 6 blissful, adrenaline rich minutes of happiness.