This a little off the beaten path, but in line with Saturday’s challenge from Zero to Hero to try a new posting style and in line with own life and one of my current “goals”.
I used to bike a lot, I used it as my primary means of transportation but then I moved back to the suburbs. Oh my, is everything far away or what. I think I tried biking to work once and noped out of that. What was one a 20 min. bike ride turned into an hour long trek. While I’m sure some people out there are able to do that, I wasn’t interested, especially since my job was a little more physically demanding than an office job.
While in Korea I had a bike, but after a few terrible accidents and biking into a coach bus, because hey, the pedestrian crosswalk seemed like the perfect place for this guy to stop, I slowly stopped using it. Other expats loved their bikes, but I ended up finding it more cumbersome than not. Everything was already pretty close by foot, and if not the buses ran regularly. And forget about locking your bike near the subway station, took me at least thirty minutes to figure out which one was mine. So many bikes.
But, I’ve dug out my bike this past spring with every intention of using it for “exercise” and to be less “lazy”. But it’s not going as smoothly as intended. Why? Because I am an excellent procrastinator, what can be done today can be put off for tomorrow, and so I’m stuck in a continuous cycle of never actually doing it. So what to do? Here’s a handy list, because everyone loves lists, right?
1) Get a nice bike. Not like one that people will want to steal, but something not terrible. One that has both working brakes and maybe a speed dial that still has numbers on it so you at least have a vague idea of what you’re doing. That’d be nice.
2) Make a Plan of Action. How long will you bike for? How far? These two can be encompassed in one. I don’t care for having my phone with me while I bike so my route has to equal out to 30 minutes long. I overshot the first day and ended up with 45 minutes. Not too bad though. But having an end goal in mind that is easy to visualize helps with committing to the ride.
3) Safety First. Being extremely accident prone, I should mention this. With my track record and ridiculous fear of hills, I apparently need the whole shebang, helmets, kneedpads and probably wristguards. But generally a helmet should suffice.
4) Reward Yourself Afterwards. Go on, lie in your bed for thirty minutes afterwards cursing out loud while your muscles start to cramp, you’ve earned it. Or read or play Zelda on your 3DS like normal people. Maybe drink some tea.
5) What weather? I also have an irrational fear of biking in the rain, probably related to an accident. In which case, I won’t be biking in the rain. The wind is another beast, while not impossible to bike through, you’ll need to shorten your intended path because it will kill your thighs. After an insanely windy ride last week my thighs hated on me bad.
Last but not least…
6) Just go out and quit makin’ excuses! Once the thirty minutes are up it won’t have felt like a chore, or all that hard really. It’s just getting out there, pushing one peddle in front of the other. I find going through the motions like a robot until you’re out there works really well. So far I’ve done it first thing in the morning after I’ve woken up.
Now to follow through and do this 4/7 days. Wish me luck! My track record so far has been less than stellar as I’ve only gone twice in the past week…