8/27 weight loss thoughts: To bike or not to bike?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Why don't I want to bike?

Those of you who have been reading my weight loss posts know the bike issue appears pretty often, especially in the form of 'do I pay for a 75$ + parts tuneup or not?'

This morning I got up at six, did some work, and could have gone biking, but I did not want to. So I went back to bed.

One reason I'm wary about biking is that I don't like to ride in traffic. I'm not sure whether living in SC has anything to do with that or not. I doubt I'd want to ride in traffic in a more bike-friendly city, but maybe. We certainly have very few bike lanes.

We do have some new bike lanes about four miles away. I even drove over there one Saturday to start from a different place and try them out. But that route was a little more hilly than what I want right now.

So, anyway, the way I've been dealing with the traffic issue is to bike early and try to stick to four-lane roads as much as possible so there's plenty of room for cars to move around me.

And that was working pretty well for me. But now school is back in session and there is more traffic first thing in the morning. Plus, the sun is rising later, so there's less time to get in a ride before the traffic picks up. My easiest route (and therefore a staple for me) goes by 3 schools on the way out and 3 on the way back! (Though it is possible to route around one of them.)

Furthermore, it's going to be getting colder in the mornings, and I'm not going to want to bike before work.

I don't think biking has a good future for me, do you?

Are all of these reasons just excuses? I don't know. But I'm probably going to go with them and not fight them too hard.

Then I started thinking: about a hundred dollars for a tuneup for my road bike. That's probably about half-way to a decent stationary recumbent bike. And before that, my neighbor has one I can use that I need to try.

I could try to marshal my will-power and just go ahead and bike, but I don't think I'm going to do that. Lots of people say find exercises you enjoy, and I'm inclined to believe them. Believe it or not, I'm more inclined to mix in running with my walking than to make this biking thing work much longer. Crazy, I know...
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    good question. maybe b/c i have a couple bikes and i biked about 1000 miles in 2004 and it burns a lot of calories. but none of those are good enough reasons if i don't really want to. maybe i'll follow your lead and just do it once or twice a week.

    thanks for the encouragement and way to go on losing 40 pounds. that's awesome!
    3191 days ago
  • AGGIE56
    Is there a reason you feel that you HAVE to bike? I understand what you're talking about with traffic and riding a bike. I ride once a week as something different, but I wait till Saturday or Sunday when the traffic isn't as bad. We don't have a lot of trails in our community yet ---we're working on it! I use my stationary bike every morning so I get at least a half hour of exercise in each day. No doubt about's alot easier than getting out on the streets. Anyway, I do other exercises like swimming and walking the dog when I'm not biking. Don't beat yourself up to go biking.....there's so many other activities you can do!! Good luck!!

    3191 days ago
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