I finally got back on my bike today after a two year hiatus.  I used to compete in triathlons and had a pretty good bike split.  When I got pregnant, I was told to stop biking.  I missed it terribly, but I was just happy being pregnant.  Somehow I missed last year’s season too.  If I wasn’t at work, I wanted to spend every minute with my little one.
Today was the big return.  My husband continued to bike during my absence, and has gotten faster than I remember.  I was surprised at how strong I felt once I got through the first mile warm up.  Today’s loop was about 12 miles and sweeps through some quiet country roads. We got to view the flooded roads, swelled rivers and lakes in front lawns from our bikes.
As communities are more mindful of air pollution from excessive driving, I hope bike riding increasing.  It is on the upswing after the $4/gallon gas surprised us all. Yet, there are still so many people that hop into their car to grab a coffee less than a mile away.  I do the same thing myself sometimes, but I am going to try and be more mindful go forward of my mode of transportation.
Today was a reminder that taking time for myself to exercise and enjoy the fresh air makes me a better person.  I am more relaxed, yet energized.  Despite my rusty legs, it all came back to me quick.  It really is as easy as just riding a bike.

9 replies
  1. Sarah S. Dobbs says:

    This is great! Kyle and I have been thinking about getting bikes. We pretty much walk everywhere but think it would be fun to have bikes to explore Brooklyn more then having to get on the subway. I am now inspired!

  2. mysimplegreenbaby says:

    People also don't realize how fast they can make that baby weight melt off if they walk/ride places. I have a two mile walk each day to pick up the kiddo at her sitter's and it's such a great way to build in exercise without even trying.

  3. Lisa says:

    Stopping by from the Lady Bloggers tea party! I am amazed by the concept of a 12-mile bike ride! I used to do a good bit of riding when I was much younger, and I have a bike now but I don't ride nearly as much as I would like do. Maybe someday I'll be able to work up to that sort of ride and really get out and enjoy weather like we're having here today! 🙂

  4. Heather @ Gerber Days says:

    Hello! Stopping by from Lady Bloggers "Tea Party." I'm so glad I did!

    I'm ALL about finding ways to recycle, and help the environment! I actually just purchased a bike, and hope to use it often!

    Can't wait to read more! Following!

  5. Jennie says:

    I found you on MBC…ironically through the Under 100 Followers group. 😉 I look forward to learning so much from your blog and can't wait to read more! I'm commenting on this post particularly because I am an aspiring triathlete. I've got a LONG way to go, but with each small accomplishment on the way to the goal, I know that I *can* do it.

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