Why ride a bike? That is the question.
The first and foremost reason to ride a bike is that it’s fun!
For most people, working out is too much like work. I mentioned that in “Get Happy, Write Away” in the section on fitness. When working out becomes work rather than recreation, people are less-inclined to stick with it, much to their detriment. That is why I am an advocate of finding a recreational activity that is great for FUN and FITNESS.
A long time ago, I discovered a passion for cycling. I “lived” on a bike. As a kid, it was transportation. As an adult, it became recreation. The side-effect is that I have always maintained a pretty trim body. While many of my friends gained a lot of weight with the passage of time, I have not.
After being diagnosed with colon cancer in December 2010, I underwent surgery to remove a tiny little tumor. I did not need chemo, nor radiation treatments. My sensitivity was high in the “nether-regions” and I was not able to ride last year, but, by late summer this year, I have the yearning to get back on a bicycle and ride. Since buying a new bike a few weeks ago, I have ridden all but three days– due to weather.
Lucky for me, I am still a trim 155 pounds and getting back into shape for longer rides is simply a matter of building my stamina and doesn’t involve weight reduction or other things. I have a comfort bike, with a comfortable seat and a gel-pad. I am riding a lot and loving every minute of it.
Perhaps my love of cycling is the sense of freedom it gives me. Perhaps it is the sound of the wind, the click of the bicycle chain, the turning of pedals, or just knowing that my legs are getting stronger and my heart is pumping fresh oxygen rich blood through my body. It clears my head and makes me feel good inside and out.
Today, we are expecting thunderstorms, but, tomorrow, I’ll be back on a bike.