On the trail: Spring in my step | AspenTimes.com

On the trail: Spring in my step

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado

BASALT – Perhaps I should be worried about the weather of late, particularly the unseasonably warm conditions that settled over the valley last weekend, but I didn’t let climatic consternation keep me from riding a bike in shorts and a sleeveless shirt in the midvalley on Saturday.

On Sunday, I hiked up Smuggler, encountering lots of other people but only a couple of brief stretches of icy hardpack en route to the platform overlooking Aspen. Once again, it was shorts and T-shirt weather.

Forget spring – it smacked of summer out there. I was downright hot, I very nearly grumbled Saturday morning as I labored with seasonal chores in the yard.

Now I long for springtime the way a dog itches a flea – I just can’t help myself. But I know that days this warm, this early in the spring, don’t bode well for everything from a semi-respectable-looking lawn this summer to Fourth of July fireworks and weekend campfires, not to mention healthy streamflows.

On the other hand, Saturday marked seven weeks to the day that I tore a hamstring in a cross-country-skiing mishap, which put me on the sidelines in a big way. After gingerly working my way back to able-bodied, I put the leg to a test with the introductory ride on various bike trails in the Basalt area and then the climb up Smuggler the following day.

I felt strong enough to hit spin class at the gym for the first time since the injury on Monday morning. So far, so good.

Having the weather get ridiculously nice right about the time I’m able to enjoy it with actual activity was enough to make me giddy.

Now I know the local weather patterns are fickle enough to blanket the upper valley in winter again, and I know that would be a good thing. But I’d be lying if I said I want to see it snow again.


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