Monday, July 9, 2012

Gratitude Monday - I Want To Ride My Bike

I've gotten out for a few bicycle rides lately and it's been good.
My husband and I used to go riding most evenings a few years ago. We'd been gone about two hours or so, and usually went about 12 miles.
But he got a different job that gave him odd hours and put him on call.
I got sick.
I did a bit here and there, but not far and not hard.
This summer I feel so good I'm out several times a week and am building myself back up to a point where I really feel I've done something.
It's not much yet.
I plotted out a 3.5 km route (two miles plus 307.6 yds) and follow it most days. I've been known to shorten it slightly on occasion.
Yesterday I added a bit plus did some of it in 12th gear. It's a 21 speed, so that's pretty good. Despite it being longer by about a block I did it nine minutes faster than I did the regular 3.5 km last week.
Bike riding is fun. It's like flying, or rather, how I imagine flying might be.
I'm grateful to own a bike, grateful I feel well enough and confident enough in that health to go out on my own and to give myself a reasonable workout, and grateful that I can see improvement.
As Freddie Mercury said


Crabby McSlacker said...

Hey that's great that you're biking again and looks like you're getting faster too!

I always have this weird inertia about bike riding, what with helmets and locks and making sure tires are pumped etc..and then every time I do it I'm glad.

So I'm with you bike gratitude!

messymimi said...

Thanks for the reminder to be grateful for movement. There are many who can't walk, much less ride a bike, for whatever reason. A good blessing to count.

Hilary said...

Oh good for you, Leah. I haven't biked for a few years now, either. Maybe I should take this as a nudge. I'm grateful for that. :)

Leah J. Utas said...

Crabby, thanks. I understand about getting the gear ready. It doesn't bother me though.

Messymimi, thank you. I never took it down to that level, but yes, movement is something for which to be grateful.

Hilary, thanks, and you're welcome.

solarity said...

When I move, I will start looking for a bike. I'd better start riding the loathsome stationary bike to get in shape. Very very grateful for movement, here, even when it's stiff movement.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Red said...

Good that you're back on the bike. Keep at it. I find bike riding has to become a habit and I have to count kilometers and time.

Leah J. Utas said...
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Leah J. Utas said...

A real bike that moves will be a great improvement, Mary Anne.

Red,thanks. It's close to a habit for me now.

the Bag Lady said...

Good for you!
I took a walk out through the pasture this morning, thinking to get it down before the heat set in.... ha! It was plenty warm. Am thinking up excuses to stay inside where it is, for the time being, cooler.
If I had a bike, I could zoom around and create a breeze, couldn't I?

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Bag Lady.
Why yes you could.