Each month, I am focusing on one of the eight dimensions of wellness with a relative activity. This month I chose Physical Wellness, which recognizes the need for regular physical activity. What did I choose to regularly stay active? Bike riding. I have not ridden a bike since my childhood and had no plans to start, but then the following happened:
Scene – In the car with E on a country road.
M: Wow, great scenery on this road. It makes me want to run on it.
E: It’s nice – it’s one of my bike routes…you should get a bike.
M: Yeah, maybe. I’m not sure I will get much use out of a bike.
E: Get one for road and trail, then you’ll have more options.
M: Okay cool, but do I have to wear the Tour de France bike gear?
E: Yeah, and probably padded shorts to protect your sit bone and a helmet.
M: I was thinking I would just wear shorts and get some sun while I’m at it.
E: You’re not riding with me without a shirt.
Off to the bike shop I go.
Seeing all the sexy bikes hanging in the bike shop banished my biking reservations. After discussing my riding intentions with the bike guy and test riding a few bikes, I ended up with a sweet ride—plus, I only went $60 over my budget, which seemed reasonable with all of the tempting upgrades and accessories available, including clipless pedals, cyclometers, lights, tire repair kits, water bottles, pumps, gloves, and helmets.
Two rides later.
So far, I’ve been on two twenty mile rides and I enjoyed them more than I thought I would. Riding is a great way to see things from a new perspective, enjoy a nice day outside, and obviously, get exercise. My bike performed fantastically well and is a perfect fit for my plans of road riding, trail riding and around town riding. Bike riding is now a regular part of my physical wellness routine.