I rode my bike today for the first time in a couple weeks.
I’ve been biking for cardio at the gym (not spin class though). I hate stationary bikes but they are easier for me to complete the sprinting that I need to do for the LiveFit program. Elliptical is too easy, running is too hard on my knees, but biking is just right.
However despite the constant use of bikes at the gym I haven’t been on my bike for a while and have been driving the mile to the gym (super lame). I’ve been doing this because one day a few weeks ago a dog came out of nowhere and started barking and chasing me on my bike. I thought I was about to get bitten but luckily fear made me bike fast enough to outride the dog. Since then I’ve been reluctant to ride and have made up excuses for not going. Lame.
Last night I was trying to find ways to save some money and happened on the idea of living local and either biking or walking everywhere you go. I could easily do this for 90% of my trips and for a while I was doing it (for fun not really to save money). But one incident with a dog slowly meant I stopped biking. Last night I decided that was silly and I needed to stop wasting gas to get to the gym… I already know I can outride a dog if I need to after all.
So today I rode my bike to the gym.
It felt so good. I was a bit nervous but the actual ride was so lovely (no ocean view unfortunately). I felt free and happy as I usually do on a bike ride. And even better the ride felt EASIER after a few weeks of biking at the gym and a couple months of strength training my legs.
On another, somewhat related note, if you couldn’t guess from my lack of triathlon training… I’m not doing a triathlon on my birthday. Part of me wants to do it but the other part of me wants to just finish my program I’m on which doesn’t give me enough time or energy to train. There is also the fact that I don’t have any extra money for the race fee or the costs involved (gas to get there, etc). So I’m going to try to come up with something else fun to do for my birthday and save the triathlon for another time when I’m better prepared.
For now I’m just going to keep biking everywhere when I can for better health and to save us some money. :)