First day on the new regimen, if I can get away with calling it that.
They say that the key to keeping on any type of fitness routine is to make it just that – a routine. And even though what I plan to start doing soon is get ahold of a decent bike, I don’t have one right now, and even if I did I would be afraid to hop on it right away given my history with this type of thing. Meaning my tendency to grab on to something and act like I am a 35 year old professional that has been doing this type of thing for years.
That way lies madness, they say. Or strain and pain in my case. Followed by time off which for some reason tends to stretch on endlessly. I figure the thing to do is to start slow and be sensible. A real challenge for me for a bunch of different reasons, the above being only the first.
Anyway, with all that in mind, what I decided to do is go for a nice walk. We have several easy walking
and biking paths around here so I
chose of course didn’t choose one of those. You might be able to make a leopard behave in a civilized manner. You can’t make him change his spots. So I went to the local state park and picked one of the trails that has a bit of hill on it. Patience is not one of my virtues, and by the time I had finished a couple of mile walk at a rapid pace, I was reminded of that. I had a stitch in my side and an incipient ache in my legs that I am sure will only become more pronounced over the next few days.
Good thing there are several nice, easy walking and biking paths around here.
If it gets too bad I can always take some drugs and spend my time deciding what kind of bike I want to buy. Will it be a fancy multi-speed racer like the ones I used to own? Or should I choose a single speed bike just for running around. That is a harder decision than you might think, since I am sure that at some point I am going to want to ride some distance on a un-flat course.
I find the cruiser bikes to be quite attractive, though I will have to take a test ride on a bike to see if I think the seating position is going to suit me. They say that it is a comfortable position for around town and shorter rides but not suitable for longer tours. I will have to decide. Though I would really like to find a 6 or 7 speed with a single front gear, a road bike seat, and handlebars that worked both as cruiser bars and road bars.
Gives me something to shoot for.