Listening to Your Legs–Or Not, As the Case May Be

Disclaimer: I’m not any kind of trainer, certified or otherwise. This is my personal experience and YMMV.* As I’ve ridden more the past few months I’ve learned two things: Listen to your legs. Don’t listen to your legs. Listen to Your Legs Dear Sweet Hubs, who trains for race season with spreadsheets, a power meter, […]

Faster, Higher, Stronger

Yesterday was a red-letter day: I rode my bike for the full round trip to and from work for the first time since we moved so much farther from the office. When I rode to work the first Monday after we moved it took me something like 1:40 to go just over 11 miles for […]

What Biking Gives Me

What a bike ride home gives me at the end of the day: exercise fresh air direct experience of neighborhoods I don’t live in and wouldn’t otherwise see up close the chance to smile at a little kid holding his dad’s hand an overheard snippet of another dad coaching his tween on skateboard skills enjoyment […]

Riding More, Riding More Often

Coincidentally I started making a point of riding every day as a lead-in to 30 Days of Biking at a time when I also started racking up significantly more miles than I had in previous weeks and months. I’ve noted before that living amazingly close to work, while convenient, is bad for my daily bicycle mileage. […]

Personal Advantages and Bicycling: How I Really Started Riding

An updated version of this post appears on the Washington Bikes blog, Personal Privileges and Biking: It Takes More than a Bike Lane to Start Riding ————————————————————————————– A few weeks ago I had the wonderful opportunity to give the luncheon keynote address at a conference on Equity and Health in Transportation, put on by the […]

I Am Woman. I Bike. I Am Strong.

One of the many things I love about biking: It makes me feel strong. Not as strong as the women who are currently riding the Tour de France route ahead of the men, mind you, but still. As I mentioned a while back after a bout of the flu, I measure my return to health […]

A Page out of the History Books: Benefits of Biking for Spinsters

After the post with a round-up of links to the connections between women and biking, I thought you might enjoy a taste of the writing of those long-ago days. Here’s an excerpt from The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine (Volume 54, May-October 1897), “Dangers and Benefits of the Bicycle” by A.L. Benedict, MD (who apparently had quite the […]

Why a Cyclist Needs a Pedometer

I’m going to blow my cover here. What with being a poster girl for riding a bike in all kinds of clothes and all kinds of weather, I have people reasonably convinced that I’m “active.” They say that very thing: “Oh, you’re so active!” Like yeast, or yogurt cultures. The truth is that I bike because […]

They’re Coming Back! Spring and Health

Reasonably good indicators on both fronts: returning health, and returning spring. Biking keeps me attuned to both conditions–my physical well-being and the turning of the seasons–in ways that driving could never provide. Health: My uphill ride home is a real indicator of whether I’ve shaken off whatever crud has attacked. Not good: I sound like […]

A Weak Week–Coming Back from the Flu

I had been thinking recently about writing a post on how strong biking makes me feel. Instead, this week being on the bike will force me to acknowledge physical weakness. I got back on the bike this morning after being home on the sofa for a full week, sick with an upper-respiratory flu that I […]

Biking Is Good for Us: An Infographic “Duh”

Even though the title on this post is a big “duh!” for those of us who ride, other may not be aware of some of the benefits. This infographic has been making the rounds and I thought it was worth sharing. Created by: Healthcare Management Degree Sharing is karma–pass it along!

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