Feb 25, 2011

Riding a bike is fun exercise

When I was a kid I used to call up my friend and say "Wanna go ride bikes?" She would say yes, and we would go. We had an awesome neighborhood for bike riding, with miles of roads with very few cars on them. Most were dirt, some were paved. We had a nearby university farm that we would climb the fence to get onto, bike down the lanes, go to the reservoir, taunt cows, and come out the other side. We had a big hill near her house that was totally straight, with a big straight stretch after it. We would go as fast as we could down that hill, let go of the handlebars, and ride that straight stretch all the way to her house. We would attempt to pedal up that hill to my house, and I nearly always didn't make it (my bike had one speed). We would bike over to the elementary school on weekends, and explore the pond nearby. 

We biked. 

Somehow as you grow up you start to think that biking isn't a cool thing that people do, certainly not people who can drive cars. It's childish. 

Now I'm biking again, and there are only a few differences. One is that my friend lives thousands of miles away; another is that I wear a helmet; a third is that I'm older. I'm older, but I love it just the same. It's something that is associated with fun in my mind, and there is no reason for it not to be. It's purely a good time. I'm learning to switch gears as I go up a hill so that I can get up the hill with my butt on the seat, because whenever I have to lift my butt of the seat, I'm reaching the end of my ability. I went out biking last Saturday morning, even though the temperatures were below freezing. Realized real quick that I had to go back for gloves. I went 4+ miles that morning though. 

It's been raining and cold this week, so I haven't been back out. But tomorrow it's going to get up to 50 degrees, and I'm going out in the morning, no matter how cold it is. I will get some great cardio, work my legs, and have an awesome time.


Nikki said...

Thanks for the memory, dear friend. My family and I bike all over our smallish town, but it isn't the same. I always tell my husband "our bikes were our freedom" and " a way of life." I'm so thankful for those years and i can't wait for our kids to learn to ride their own bikes and be big enough to ride on the roads with us. Love to you.

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