Since I’ve worn shorts the last three days, I feel like I can comfortably say that Spring is here. Yay!
Over the past few months, I’ve been cramped up in my car because it was just too cold to commute on my bike. Now that the weather is warming up, my bike is coming off my trainer and I will commute on it every single day.
Not only am I doing this to save gas and to save the environment, but I love riding! I’m dead serious when I say that my bike is like a member of my family.
Do you have any possessions that mean the world to you?
Yeah, that’s how I feel about my bike!
During my commute today, I was nearly killed by two red neck college students that have no idea how to drive. Welcome to Alabama!
Either they think they’re better than me because they drive a trucks as large as my apartment or they are just plain idiots. What do you think?
If you drive a car, please read these “rules of the road.”
- Be aware of cyclists. In recent months, I’ve actually noticed a lot more cyclists out on the road. This means that you can no longer just look for huge hunks of metal. You’ve got to be on the lookout for cyclists, too. We are not going to go away, so get used to sharing the road.
- Don’t drive in dedicated bike lanes. This is a big one! Also, realize that those lanes usually end at some point and bikes will re-enter the rest of the road with cars.
- At intersections, you must yield to cyclists like any other vehicle. Just because we don’t have a motor doesn’t mean that we don’t have feelings too.
- Don’t tailgate. I HATE THIS. Either go around or hold your horses until there is a SAFE opportunity to pass safely. You CAN pass us, but just make sure that you give us some room. Running us off the road isn’t cool.
- Please don’t honk just because you are trying to act cool. We already know you’re there and please remember that horns are much louder outside the car.
- Please use your turn signal. You should be doing this anyway, but communicating with us is quite helpful.
Do you have any rules to add?
Before my red neck encounters, I managed to get in an easy workout this morning.
Arc Trainer: 75 minutes
The second I rolled out of bed (which was quite challenging today), I knew that running was not in the cards for me today. My feet and calves felt like they had been run over by a truck! Barefoot running will do that to you
Before you jump to conclusions, let me state that this was wasn’t pain, but it was the feeling of my body adapting and getting stronger. It was a good hurtin’
As an athlete, you need to push your body in order to improve, but you also need to know when it’s time to back off. Today was one of those days for me, so cross training was on my mind.
The arc trainer is my new favorite machine! I feel like I can still get in a solid workout, but it takes a lot of the stress off of my bones and muscles that I use for running. Because it’s non impact, I feel like it’s a great way to recover.
Right now I am running about 5 days a week and I feel like this is perfect for me. I feel like I have developed a nice balance between running, cross training, and cycling.
I’m going to hit the pool later, so I need to get this work done!
I know I’m ready for Friday! Who else is?