|Posted on May 4, 2014 at 9:40 PM|
In case name of my business didn't make it clear, I love cycling outdoors. A big chunk of my time in the saddle is spent commuting. I ride to save one to two gallons of gas per week, to reduce my carbon footprint and dependence on my car. I ride to burn extra calories, to push myself up hills and against the wind to stay strong for racing. Most importantly, I ride to feel a connection with my journey that just isn't there when I drive my car. Body and mind engage with the wind, the smells, the sounds, and at times the quiet. I arrive in a less stressed state of mind, ready to be fully present with the tasks at hand whether it be training a client or teaching a class.
May gives us a "two-fer" being designated as both National Bike Month and National Fitness Month. This is your chance to be part of something BIG! Check out the National Bike Challenge at www.nationalbikechallenge.org. The goal is to unite 50,000 bike riders to ride 30 million miles. You can track your own progress by manually reporting your mileage or downloading it from one of several phone app. You can then see how the your efforts and those of all participants add up in terms of calories burned, dollars saved and pounds of CO2 saved. On top of that, see what is being offered in your own community to see if there are any Bike to Work or Bike to School events in the works.
If you are interested in getting into cycling, even just a little bit, take a few minutes this week to think about things that you feel will present the greatest challenges. Feel free to share those challenges here and also watch for my suggestions in how to deal with the most common commuting challenges in upcoming posts.