This place rocks! No wonder you serious runners and triathletes live in Southern California.
Bert and I had a beautiful bike ride Christmas morning. It was a little brisk but that’s why arm and leg warmers were created.
My MIL pulled out a great bike map that shows all the major bike routes around the city. How fun to ride truly bike-friendly roads. Bet you didn’t know there’s a dedicated bike path from Santa Barbara all the way out to UCSB. So civilized!
We rode the coastal trail along the ocean and then meandered through the UCSB campus. It was absolutely empty and felt like a ghost town. Ditto for Isla Vista – the little town.
As we headed inland we peeled off a layer to soak up the sun. Our 30 mile ride has less than 1,000 feet of climbing. That’s not even possible to do where we ride in and around SF. So flat!
Saturday night I headed out for a run along the water to enjoy the sunset. There were girls practicing their tightrope walking and an impromptu drumming circle on the grassy meadows of East Beach. And of course the volleyball games…
Once again, a treat to have a flat, even and car-free path to run along. I was such a happy running girl that I extended my usual 5 mile run to 7 miles!
Today the lovely Los Baños del Mar pool was open for lap swimming form 12-2. I love that the only time they are closed this holiday season is Xmas and NY day!
Ah, to swim outside under the soft winter sun surrounded by palm trees. And in a 50m pool too. Does it get any better?
Fewer flip turns. Fewer laps to count. And somehow I tricked myself into swimming a mile – a bit longer than my usual distance.
Maybe it’s the fresh Santa Barbara air. Or all the sugar I’ve been eating. Something is definitely up!