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Friday, July 18, 2014

Changing Habits: Becoming a “Jock” at 57


Changing Habits: Becoming a “Jock” at 57 (photo by LivligaHome)
In the summer we all tend to be much more active. We spend more time outside barbecuing, hanging out at the pool, gardening, taking picnics to the park, playing tennis, boating, fishing, bicycling…you name it.


My husband and I have been enjoying cycling around our new town. I have bicycled most of my life but never for any great distance. Just for quick jaunts for meeting up with people, quick errands, for family fun around the neighborhood when the kids were little and for easy Sunday morning rides with my husband as a lovely way to start the day together.



Honestly, longer rides were never enjoyable to me. Being obese, my bottom would get sore not too long into the ride. Then there was my stamina; I wasn’t good for more than a few miles. It all seemed like too much work. Then a couple of years ago, as I started losing more and more weight, eating healthy, and working out 5 days a week at the YMCA, I discovered I had a lot more endurance and interest in cycling longer distances. It became a fun, purposeful challenge. I will never forget the day I did my first 20 mile ride. It was quite an achievement. I was happy and exhausted by the end.



Most of the rides my husband and I do now are between 10 – 20 miles. We have even enjoyed renting bikes in other cities and cycling around to get to know the city through the lens of a bicycle. We did this recently in Minneapolis. What a beautiful city with great architecture, bridges, trails, trains, lakes, museums, the Guthrie Theater, Farmer’s Markets and restaurants. I have never seen more or had more fun! Who would imagine I would be becoming a jock at age 57?!?
Cycling Around Minneapolis (photo by LivligaHome)
As the summer continues we are spending more and more evenings, and weekend mornings cycling around the new city we live in. My husband plots out our routes. His favorite app for doing this is http://www.mapmytracks.com. It is easy to use and you can customize your routes, save them and share them.



The new goal is to ride at least 10 miles each day for a whole week before the summer’s end. I will keep you posted. Can’t wait to share this next progress with you!