Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Speed and Strength

On a bicycle, happiness is measured in a number of ways. For me, it's measured in speed and strength, and often the two come hand in hand.

I ride my bicycle at least four days a week as a form of prostration to the timeclock gods. It used to take thirty minutes and change to get where I need to go in the morning, but lately (sometimes due to enjoying my bed or hot shower for "five more minutes"), I've been rushing. Which is bad. However, I've made lemonade out of said lemon and have managed to train my body to cut out ten minutes of commute time. Which is actually pretty awesome.

During the process, I've found that my lower body is in a lot more good pain than normal; good muscle pain vs. bad muscle strain. Who needs a gym when you've got a bicycle, a commute, and the propensity to sleep in? I can't stress how important the benefit of a strong core and back is when it comes to riding long distances, or any distance in general, and I swear I will make a more concerted effort to leave the house earlier from here on in. But even still? No gym necessary - not for me.


  1. hey...I bought my bike because of you. When you told me that your lower body had been transformed I decided that I wanted to be transformed too...Its been amazing. speed without a car, exercise without without strain, my body being the fuel that drives this machine=awesome...Thank you Liz..keep writing, keep on inspiring us all..xoxo

  2. I have this same issue. I am rushing for work because I want a bit more sleep time. I'm probably able to pedal the trip in a quick a time as possible, and frankly, I really don't care about pedaling fast and getting to work a big sweaty mess. I'm taking the time instead to do advance prep work the night before - coffee on the timer, prepare lunch before bed and have my clothes ready to go. I'm at a B- for the advance prep so far.