Friday, August 3, 2012

Who Knew?

I've tried nearly every form of exercise there is (except for major sports. Not really great at hand/eye coordination or any other kind of coordination--too much of a risk for injury, especially when you're the kind of person who trips on nothing). 

I've tried everything from aerobics in the late 80's to joining a gym in the 200o's (the elliptical machine was difficult to master for my off-balance and klutzy ways, but I did it!). 

So, on their last visit here, my parents brought me dad's old bike. I seriously hadn't set my bum on a bike for over 20 years. Yes, I just admitted it: 20 years! 

I tried it out. I was a little wobbly at first, but, as they say, it's like riding a bike! I decided that during my sabbatical, or mini-retirement, or whatever you want to call this month+ I have off of work, (It was a temp job; waiting for it to become permanent. Lots of hoops to jump through for me and my bosses) that I would try bike riding, just to see if I would feel any better (less tired from the Hashimoto's, just feel better in general...).

Turns out I *LOVE* cycling. Who knew? My first ride, I tried to ride all the way to Windsor Road. Couldn't do it. I only made it a little over a mile and had to take several minutes to catch my breath and head the mile or so back home. It was SO hard!! Now, about a month later, I can bike 5 miles and not feel like I'm going to die from exhaustion. People talk about a runners high (and I would think to myself: if they say so...), but now I kind of get it. I'm not exactly an athlete in top condition, but there have been times I've just been in the zone, going on my 5 mile ride and it honestly has been pure bliss. Can't wait to go again!!  Hope I still feel this way in 6 months. :) 

Here's the bike helmet I got (thanks mom and dad! I spent my birthday cash early). Eric says I look like a Japanese cartoon character when I wear it. I love the Bern Co.'s tagline though: "We have helmets that don't make it look like a spaceship landed on your head."