Saturday, May 9, 2009

26 mph and bunny rabbits

I love riding my bike. I love it - love it - love it! I was flying downhills today at 26 mph. This was new for me because the fastest I've allowed myself to go is 20 mph. I'm always holding down the brake going downhill even though I love speed. I love driving my car fast, but on my bike I feel so exposed. I have this vision of hitting a rock and flying off my bike and breaking my arm or my hip (please God, not the hip...that would officially classify me as old!).

The bunny rabbits were everywhere today. Cute little brown guys with little fluffy white bunny tails. The cutest things ever.

Bike riding is so much fun and the easiest exercise I've ever done. My heart rate hangs right around 140, sometimes going up to 161 (my resting heart rate is 48). I always burn at least 500 calories in an hour. I love the sunshine and the wind on my face. I don't even mind the bugs in my teeth (riding through clouds of gnats with my mouth open...yuck!).

I made it all the way to the top of steepest hill today without stopping. I couldn't let the lady with the baby in a stroller that was running up the hill beat me to the top.

If you don't own a bike or haven't ridden one in a while, you've got to get out there and do it. I seriously haven't had this much fun working out in years. My new rule though is if I bike for an hour, no gym. It's a good rule, and good for me. Moderation in all things, including exercise.


Ron said...

I enjoy my bike rides also. It is fun and relaxing at the same time, even if you are pushing it like I always do. Thanks for the offer, I know you are a good listener.. but you know me... I don't share much lol

Ida said...

Glad you are trying not to overdo the exercise now. Good rule. I love riding, but the last time I tried, it hurt my knees SO BAD. I need to try it again, now that I've lost weight.

antgirl said...

Good rule. I am glad you are enjoying the bike so much. It's great when we can find something we love.

Fatinah said...

riding a bike scares the shit out of me! I kinda got nauseous just reading about your outing!

Glad you found some exercise that you like so much!!