August 15, 2009
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