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Operation Ride My Bike

When I lived in Toronto I use to bike everywhere. I didn’t get my drivers license until I was 20, many friends still don’t have one. Between the public transportation (TTC), taxis and bikes, you really don’t need one (that) much.

I road my bike through the heat of the summer, rain and even snow. When I worked at the Toronto Star and lived in the Beaches I would begin each day with a pleasant ride along the boardwalk next to Lake Ontario. It felt great to start (and end) my day with a brisk five mile bike ride.

I don’t like hitting the gym very much. I love getting exercise, I don’t consider myself lazy. It’s just that I need to do active things that work me out without thinking about it as a way to work out. Make sense?

Since moving to Nashville I’ve put a few pounds on. I live a ways out of the city and to ride to work would be death. There’s very few bike lanes, so I’ve neglected my bicycle.

One of our cars died recently and my father-in-law was kind enough to lend us a small pickup truck. It’s the perfect vehicle to keep my bike in the back of.

Monday morning my plan is to leave about an hour earlier than usual. There’s a greenway not far from my house, so I’ll drive over there and hit the bike path. I’ve walked it before, it’s a pleasant journey along a river, through a forest and to a massive damn (really massive).

My vow is to start doing this and swimming at the YMCA regularly beginning Monday. It’s not so much about losing weight as it is about taking care of myself. Life is short.

What are you doing to take care of yourself? Any plans to start?

Bike video by Sam Javanrouh


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  • I've started already myself because of this: I've been eating like I'm still playing drums which has kind of added a little more me to me than I want….sooooo I started a two day a week bike regiment and hope to go swim in the CUNY (City University of New York – Brooklyn College) pool since I pay shit crazy amounts of money to go to that damn school….

    Good luck to you!

  • Cursing unintentionally, eh?

  • In all honesty, though – I've considered doing this very thing. We're about five miles from where @susandyoung works, and that's nothing to bike. Then, I work from the apartment most days – which means that I really need the exercise.

  • Good for you. Let me know how it goes. Be safe too, avoid door prizes! NYC is probably a wee bit sketchy on a bike :-)

  • Even going for a walk to take a break is a good idea. I should do that more often too.

  • thanks for sharing youe experiences.

  • Yay, another Nashville bike commuter! How's it going?

  • I've been slacking, but I promise to start again next week.


  • Hey Dave, I could have written this; living in TO i cycled everyday all over the own, living 30 km outside Victoria now i drive ever day, tried to do the bike commute last fall but failed, after 3 attempts, I'll try again this Fall.

  • Thanks Sean. You can do it!
    Let me know how it goes. I plan in getting back on my bike Tuesday
    morning. Good luck.


  • Thanks Sean. You can do it!
    Let me know how it goes. I plan in getting back on my bike Tuesday
    morning. Good luck.