Sunday was a beautiful spring day. Probably the most perfect day you could ask for when going out for a ride. The trees were a bright green from the budding new leaves, it was in the low-mid 60s, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. I’ve been researching trails and parks within the Baltimore-Washington corridor for going on Sunday rides and the BWI trail loop stood out to me as one worth trying. It’s a good distance at 10.5-11 miles and I didn’t even know this trail existed until a few weeks ago.
Parking for the BWI trail
Getting there was slightly more complicated because I initially thought that 176 intersected with 195 but I didn’t realize until a little too late so we ended up driving around almost the entire airport before finding the parking lot we were aiming for. We arrived around 12:30 pm and the parking lot was crowded. All the spots were filled and there were at least a 1/2 dozen cars waiting for spots to open up. We 3-point turned out of there and went in search of another place to park.
We drove a less than half a mile down the road towards I-97 before noticing a dirt-patch parking area. This wasn’t a place listed on the websites I had read about but there were no signs prohibiting parking anywhere around the parking lot. It was obvious that at least 2-3 other cars had done the same thing because they had bike racks hanging off the back of the car. Another 1-2 cars were there from people parking to fish in the pond adjacent. So it turned out to be the most convenient alternative parking for the BWI Trail Loop.
Yellow arrow points to the recommended parking at Thomas A. Dixon Observation Area. Pink arrow points to the dirt lot where we parked.
Directions and Views of BWI
We started our ride following the trail in the clockwise direction. I was expecting the loop to be more attached and in view of the airport and I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t really at all. You have a few great spots to observe airport goings-on but the rest of the trail is along other roads and through some wooded areas.
So after enjoying a few days of pretty nice weather, it feels like winter outside again. As a person who loves being warm, this makes me very sad. I’m also sad when it’s an overcast and dreary day… which led me to this thought today: Would I rather it be cold and sunny or warm and rainy?
Give me a few minutes to think about that one.
Yesterday was a special day for me and the hubby. We were celebrating 6 years of dating. 6 y.e.a.r.s. It’s kind of crazy to think about how much time has passed and all the things we’ve been through together since that time and I’m just so happy and blessed to have him in my life. I can’t imagine my life without him and I don’t want to. We celebrated our week of healthy eating by doing the opposite and stuffing ourselves at The Cheesecake Factory.
I had a very small list of goals that I made mentally around the beginning of the year that would lead up to the end of March. I knew at this point, we would have been moved back to Maryland and the weather would be getting warm enough for me to be spending more time outside (which equals a happier me). I’ve slacked some over the last few weeks when it comes to doing any real dedicated exercise but I’ve managed a walks on most days and one swim.
I really wanted to get my 1000m (probably yards but well… it’s only a difference of 85…) swim time under 25 minutes by the time we moved back, which came a lot easier than I expected it to. I think my fastest 1000m so far has been 23 and as I get back into training, I’m expecting that to improve. Most of my swims have been in the 1200-1300m distance. I try to swim for at least 30 minutes whenever I go.
Over the next month, I want to keep working on that time by incorporating a couple of drills and doing more intervals which really push me! I’m aiming for 2 swim sessions a week. Also I want to do some outside work on strengthening my shoulders and arm muscles. I’ll try and share the different exercises I like to do for those in a future post.