I'm officially over the hill. The picture of my newest health kick device proves it.
Yes, I've joined the growing ranks of baby boomers who still want to ride a bicycle but find balancing their middle aged fannies on the narrow, stiff seat of a traditional bicycle akin to torture after a mere ten minutes.
After nearly two months of daily rides on a traditional bike, I tried to convince myself that my behind would acclimate to the seat, but that never happened.
My husband and I even attempted mountain biking but the best place in our area was a lake trail studded with tree roots and rocks. Racing downhill, I became convinced I was only one protruding root away from serious injury. It didn't help that halfway through the trail was a commemorative marker where a biker had fallen and died.
Not exactly encouraging.
Then there was the day we kept getting bogged down in mud. The last straw came when my husband discovered a tick on his leg after a ride.
Humbled, we began riding bikes at a nearby state park, on a flat paved surface, where we ran into a dozen people riding these weird bikes that set low to the ground. We started riding with them, tried the recumbent bikes and fell in love. Now our only danger in the great outdoors is avoiding the snakes that creep out of the swampy bayou and slither onto the roads. Disgusting! So far, I've managed not to run over one.
According to the fitness site, LoseIt.com, an hour of bike riding burns 414 calories at the slow rate of 10-12 miles per hour. At a moderate pace of 12-14 miles an hour, I burn 500 calories. If I went crazy and manged a fast or racing speed, I could use 643 to over 1,000 calories an hour.
That would burn a lot of cheesecake!
We are happily planning our first long bike ride in Piedmont, Alabama on the Chief Ladiga Trail and the Georgia Silver Comet Trail. On a traditional bike, I could never accomplish a twenty or fifty mile long trip such as this.
Hope everyone has found some healthy, fun summer activity to enjoy. Happy trails to all!