Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I rode my bicycle past your window last night

Well, not technically. But I did ride my bicycle past several windows tonight.

Leaving work I faced a dilemma: Do I head to the racquet center and work up a sweat on the elliptical machine? Or, given the gorgeous spring weather -- at last! -- do I take my bike for a spin around the block?

Turns out it wasn't such a dilemma.

So after dinner I lugged my two-wheeler down from the guest bedroom, where it had spent the winter braced by a stationary device. Now I didn't get quite the workout that I would have on the elliptical, 11-year-old riding partners will do that. But I did knock off six miles while officially beginning RAGBRAI training.

I was able to bike for the week I was in Florida, but that counted as exercise for Coe's New Year, New You faculty/staff weight loss competition. By the way, I won the individual competition with 35 pounds and my team won the overall title with 61 pounds. I'm anxious to see what difference this makes on RAGBRAI.

And now that spring has finally sprung, I'm ready to ride! Weekly Friday noon rides commence this week, weather permitting. All who are able are invited to meet outside the Clark Racquet Center for a noon departure.

I'm sure we'll soon organize some weekend and/or weeknight rides, too. If anyone wants to suggest something, feel free. I'm pretty tied up in the near term with kids' baseball and softball, but don't let that stop you.

1 comment:

Jeff Stevenson said...

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Right now people in the industrialized world are facing two very grave problems: obesity and a growing scarcity of oil. Compounding this problem is the new food shortage brought about, in part, by the conversion of food cropland to bio-fuel crop production. Most people feel powerless to help, but there is one thing that we can do. Ride our bicycles to work.
If everyone would agree to ride their bikes to work one day per week we could cut oil consumption by as much as 10-15%. No one would argue that riding a bike burns more calories than driving the car. Although popular politically right now, most bio-fuels consume more energy than they produce. We would be much better to eat those bio-crops then use our own energy to transport us around.
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