Bike Ride

Links to two very different, inspiring writers, one who is all about fitness and one who just happens to be extremely active. This column contains ideas and reminders about good posture and creating a reliable connection between mind and body. It’s by Holly Rustick, the current Ms. Fitness Hawaii (here’s an interesting article about how she got there) and an enterprising woman who seems very down to earth about all this fitness stuff. I’d love to go to Hawaii and take her workout classes. (Dream on.)
The other writer I want to link to is a Seattle woman named Helen, who has been keeping her online journal since 1997. She has to be one of the longest-running, most committed online journal-keepers out there. On top of that, she has one of the most beautiful journals I’ve read. Her introspective pieces and her descriptions of epic Northwest bike rides are both so eloquent that I’m going to keep reading her as a challenge to improve my own writing. As an inspiration to just get out there and do something big, take a look at this entry on a rural bike ride in Eastern Washington’s desert. I found Helen via Anita Rowland.
After spending way too much time yesterday browsing Helen’s archives, which read like a beautifully detailed memoir, I was inspired to try a new and longer-than-usual bike ride today. I love long bike rides, but most of my recent bike rides have been only six or eight miles (though hilly). I want to do more exploring this summer while I have some free time.
I rode down to Montlake Ave. and the freeway, where you catch the bus across Lake Washington to the Eastside, and put my bike on the bus. I got off at the first stop on the other side and pedaled the rest of the way eastward to Microsoft to meet Tom for lunch. The route follows the north side of highway 520. It’s partly a paved bike trail and partly the shoulder of Northup Way, a fast-moving suburban street.
I rode 50 minutes from the time I got off the bus until I met Tom at his building. Based on that, my round trip door-to-door may have been about 16 miles. I want to work my way up to riding all the way around both of the lakes in one big loop. There’s a really good bike route map for the whole county, so finding the route would not be too hard—but it would be an all-day ride. I’ve got to get a battery for my bike odometer.

3 thoughts on “Bike Ride”

  1. Fran:
    Skip the odometer. Enjoy the riding for the sake of the riding. Our bodies love to work. It’s what they were designed for. Quantifying it just gets our brains involved, which takes all the fun out of it.
    Ever hear a kid come home from an exciting, fun-filled day and say: “Mom, I ran 3.5 miles today!”
    Found you via the Carnival. And glad I did.

  2. Thank you, Paul! I’ve always biked because I love to. But quantifying it gives me just one more reward: getting to see the miles piling up.

  3. Sure, I know what you mean, Fran. I just find I have to make myself not turn every ride into a workout, or it just becomes work. I guess a little of each is the best balance.

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