So this week, I met my goal – I biked to yoga on Saturday, to the Farmer’s Market on Sunday, to work on Monday, and then this morning I got myself out of bed at 6am to go to Spin class.
Biking to yoga was okay, except there is a GIGANTIC hill between me and the park where they were holding the free outdoor yoga class. Oh, and I got lost and was late. Then coming home, I got lost again and rode home on the sidewalks. Fail. Also, the park where they were holding the yoga class is through a relatively sketchy area. Not super-sketch, but I felt uncomfortable sitting on my bike at intersections and had several day laborers yell things at me. I couldn’t understand what they were saying, so I choose to believe they said something like, “way to save the environment, pretty lady!”
Biking to the farmer’s market is pretty much second nature to us now, but we did have to go to the library after, which means going up a substantial hill and then coming down an enormous one, on a road that isn’t heavily trafficked most of the time and is pretty much empty on Sunday mornings, which is about as much fun as you can have biking in the city.
Biking to work was a disaster. There is a road race coming to my city which involves a lot of construction and a ton of closed streets, and I got yelled at by a traffic cop for riding through the cones (mind you, there was no heavy machinery of any kind), and told to walk my bike across the street. I was told that I was the “same as a motorist”, which is a rule that I normally follow (minus the riding on the sidewalk thing, which I swear, I almost never do), but is a rule that most motorists don’t follow, particularly not the bus that almost ran me over. It was really nice to ride my bike up to Boot Camp that night though and then ride it home, although my chain came off my gears when I was really close to my apartment, and rather than fuss with it on the road, I just walked my bike the block and a half home and fixed it there.
I’m going to have a little more free time on my hands in the coming weeks, so that means long bike rides out on trails. I’m really excited about this, and hope to be in good shape for our 40-mile ride over memorial day weekend.
Everyone, check in! How are you doing? Also, I know I’ve gotten some questions about new people wanting to join, and you don’t have to wait until June to join in. If you want to set a goal, just set it here and start checking in. Part of the reason for this challenge is that there is no time for the present, that if we start small, we can build, and that you just have to form good habits to be healthy. So join in!