You know what's much more difficult to do as an adult than it was as a kid? Bike riding. When I was growing up, I could spend hours riding around my neighborhood, up and down the steepest of hills, with ease. I haven't owned a bicycle since I was about 11 years old, and lately I've had the itch to buy one. So, on a random Monday evening, I did. This past weekend was rainy and overcast, but I still wanted to go for a proper ride on the Silver Comet Trail. Even with the wet and muddy terrain, it was fun.
It's only been a week, and I've already learned so much about adult cycling. For one, the further you sit back on the saddle the better. That first night after only a 20 minute ride, my "seat" was outrageously sore. If there were a such thing as a crotch massage (aside from those creepy happy ending massage parlors), I would've paid for a professional one, because ouch! Before hitting the trail, I sought some advise from professionals at a proper bike shop, and the guys were very helpful. 

Apparently, like a good pair of shoes, all saddles must be broken in. Which means I'll need to clock some miles on the bike before I can really ride in complete comfort. In addition, the proper way to ride is seated so far back you feel like you might fall off. That way, your bum is on the widest part of the saddle. That tip alone helped tremendously.
Another thing I learned? Riding a mountain bike on a paved road is way more strenuous than riding a road bike on a paved road. Duh, right? I didn't think about it at first, but after multiple road bikes kept zooming past us with ease, while we're peddling our hearts out, it clicked. I always knew mountain bikes were best suited for rugged, off-road terrain, but now I know they're not that efficient if you need to get somewhere quick on the actual road. Depending on how much riding I commit to, maybe I'll upgrade to a road bike in the future.

Despite leaving the trail muddy and exhausted, it was a fun ride. I'm definitely looking forward to sunny fall evening rides over the next couple months. Staying active is way easier if it's something you look forward to.