Today I bought a bicycle. It has been years since I’ve ridden a bicycle and let me tell you…whomever said “oh it’s just like riding a bike, you never forget” was totally full of crap. I was a complete misfit of coordination in my driveway trying to ride this thing. I was taken back to being 5 years old with my grandpa wondering if they’d ever be able to get the training wheels off my first bike.
With the nice weather after a vengeful winter, I’ve been dying to get outside and be active. I’ve been walking but let’s be realistic, I don’t move the fastest and after 25 minutes of heart pounding walking, I’ve made it about 2 miles. I need something where I cover more ground and actually have a reason to be exhausted.
My doctor suggested the bike. Let me tell you about my doctor. I have a great doctor. I love my doctor. He’s not much older than me and he is a regular joe that understands we all have a life beyond being fit and healthy but you know what? So does he and he’s still fit and healthy. He’s also very realistic. He sat me down one day and said “Heather, I know you haven’t been active, but we’re going to get you active. I want you to close your eyes and think back to your childhood and focus on all the activities you did as a kid. What was the one thing you’d do that you couldn’t wait to wake up and do the next morning?” “Easy”, I responded. “Ride my bicycle!” So, a year later (I’m slow) I’ve finally purchased a bicycle. And even though I’m too uncoordinated to ride it, I WILL RIDE THAT BICYCLE! I will ride it near. I will ride it far. I will even ride it by a car. (I’ve always been fond of Dr. Seuss.)
I’m not looking to become Lance Armstrong (I gave up juicing after the Yankees cut me) but I’m looking to do more than what I do now for activities. Until unlimited nacho eating has been recognized as a fitness activity, I’m going to have to get moving. I’m actually looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to being accountable and making my Fitbit go crazy (holla Fitbit!).
Tomorrow’s mission: to find a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads and a mattress for the end of my driveway. Oh yeah, and where did I put those damn training wheels.