Friday, June 13, 2008

I'm like a kid with a new toy

Oh wait! That's exactly what I am. A kid with a new toy - my bike. I skipped the bike commute yesterday as I had personal training scheduled. Ok, and I decided to sleep in rather than get up early enough to bike it. Not that the bike commute is any longer than the bus - 35 minutes door to door today - but at this point I prefer to ride in the lighter traffic earlier.

Regardless, last night after dinner, J and I headed out for a good 45 minute bike ride. So relaxing and fun - even if painful on those hills! And today, I dragged my slug butt out of bed at an ungodly hour to make the bike commute. At first, my body protests since it isn't used to any activity at that time of day. But as the ride continues, things loosen up and it feels great.

I'm a little worried about the move and winter. I know that biking to work even 3 days of the week is going to make a huge difference in my weight loss. It can't help but do so. But once winter comes, I have to find a replacement for that. Curling just isn't going to cut it. However, once my gym contract is done, I might look into joining a different facility. One with a pool. That and the personal trainers I should have gone to first and by spring I might be ready to do something insane. Ok, more insane than bike commuting. A triathlon.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Hell may be freezing over

Or pigs are growing wings. I'm not sure which. But, yesterday I bought a bike. Ok, that in itself is not the cause of the shift in the earth's gravitational field. I have, in fact, owned bikes before. I still have the great mountain bike I bought when I was 14.

Hell is freezing over (or pigs are taking wing) because...

wait for it...

I'm going to start biking to work.

Amazing, huh? In fact, J and I did a test run of the trip today. All the way down to my office, then back home through the river valley. It was a fantastic way to spend some time on a Sunday. The weather was great for biking - not too hot, not too cold and no rain.

J was right. My trip abroad would change me. It's not that I'll be selling my car anytime soon. Winter comes, and with it comes that trip to curling once or twice a week. And let's face it. My dedication to biking to work will wane once the white stuff falls again.

However, in the months until then, I'm going to enjoy the fun that I can get out of biking again. And why not enjoy my daily commute - which will take no longer than public transit and will cost significantly less than taking my car. PLUS, I'll avoid spending so much time on public transit - hopefully avoiding catching every illness that flits through the confines of buses and trains.

Oh yeah, and I'm back.