To this question, I happily reply, "About 1 hour and 50 minutes". And then the inevitable perplexed response comes--"How can you do that. That's too long."
I concede that it is an additional 30 minutes of commute time each way compared with when I drove to the Metro Willow Station in my car. But then I deliver the killer punch, “This is the easiest exercise program I have ever undertaken because I don’t even notice that I am exercising.” Take that... Knock out!!! Victory dance!!!
I have had many false starts at gyms. Some of my colleagues in the office work out in a gym every morning or evening for an hour. Observing my new motto “Work to live”, I soak up the beauty and adventure of the bike path. As an added benefit I get exercise. This morning, I found myself in the highest gears of my 24-speed mountain bike on the straight-aways for most of the 5 miles (I am fascinated by the derailleur). I will probably be itching to move up to a faster, lighter bike with skinny tires sooner than anticipated.
While cycling, I am not even aware that I am getting an incredible cardio workout, building a healthy heart and increasing my good cholesterol levels. I get to work on leg strengthening, and everyone knows that bike riders have the best derrieres. I am improving balance and coordination which they say becomes an issue as you age. Tomorrow, Saturday, I am going to cross train and run the 5K sponsored by the Naples Improvement Association during its Annual Pancake Breakfast. The 5K run won’t be as much fun as cycling, but I will always like running too. Sunday will be a day of rest. During the previous week, I will have logged 50 miles on my bike and run 3.1 miles. Not a bad week of exercise, truth and beauty.