I know, the hiking seemed to be definitely the more exciting way to stay active…unless you’re a cyclist! I love cycling because it’s good for the environment. *Step on the podium* Let’s protect the environment and advocate for others to do the same. If you can’t carpool and your workplace/school is close enough to walk or bike to, please don’t drive. *Step off the podium* And now the third easy way to stay active for y’all!
3. Cycling – Ride somewhere for fun, or bike instead of drive to your destination
When I was a kid, my parents often took my sister and I cycling on trails near our home. If my sister’s pink bike with pom poms on the handle bars could cruise on gravel trails and along the road, then your bike can too. Take your cruiser, road bike, mountain bike, fixie, rental bike, whatever you can get your hands on, and explore your area or somewhere new. It’s an environmentally friendly way to travel, keeps you fit, saves you gas money, and you don’t have to deal with parking!
For strenuous exercise, riding your road bike (or any bike on the road) is always fun. I’ll admit that it’s been a while since I’ve really ridden my road bike post my crash, but my boyfriend and I used to climb hills and then speed down them hitting speeds ranging anywhere between 30-40 miles per hour. The adrenaline rush throughout it all was phenomenal. Going downhill after long climbs also felt heavenly. Once the weather is nicer around here on the weekends, I’ll probably drag my bike out again.
I also have friends who take their mountain bikes on trails, but since I don’t have a mountain bike, I haven’t had the chance to join them. Hopefully I’ll be able to sometime soon. If you have one, now’s the time to pick up a new hobby!
Another fun cycling activity is riding along a velodrome track. Mark and I recently discovered a velodrome track nearby our home. We rode on it for the first time a few weeks ago for his birthday. The rental bikes are only $5 and access to the track and a lesson on how to ride on the track was only another $5. The first time I rode on the fixed gear bike (one gear and no brakes) around the track, I was absolutely terrified, especially when the more seasoned cyclists zipped past me at quadruple my speed. One day I’ll be that fast! Honestly, though, riding on the velodrome track was quite enjoyable once I was comfortable enough to ride at a faster speed and train as part of the group. You get a nice rush of adrenaline (am I an adrenaline junkie?). I’d recommend anyone with cycling experience to try it at least once. It’s something new and different to learn.
Here’s a video of the Olympians riding on the track. My favorite part of riding on the velodrome was the Team Pursuit drill.
Note: It is essential to wear a properly fitted helmet whenever riding a bike! You have only one brain. The smart thing to do would be to protect it.