Tall, Dark, and Mysterious

1/31/2005

Infinitely many kilometers per liter

File under: Know Thyself, Hubris, I Like To Ride My Bicycle. Posted by Moebius Stripper at 2:53 pm.

At the beginning of the term, I was unhappy with my teaching schedule: sixteen hours per week, thirteen of which are spread over two days, and the other three of which are spread over another two days. I didn’t anticipate one huge benefit of that until the term began: my light teaching days don’t leave me ready to collapse at the end of the day, and that makes them good days to bike to school.

I put 100 km on my bicycle last week, and when I get back home today, it’ll have travelled another 20 km. I used to hate exercising, because I have an unusual mix of preferences and abilities: I’m woefully uncoordinated (which rules out team sports and dancing), I have bad knees (running would be the death of them), I hate being indoors (nix aerobics and the gym track), and I like being able to keep track of my progress (making things like hiking less than ideal). A bicycle equipped with a speedometer/odometer is tailor-made for people like me.

One of these days I should write about the dozen more conversations I’ve had that began with, say - is that an electric bike? It’s made me the most popular kid on the Island.

3 Comments

  1. I am envious. We live here in the desert of south-eastern California. The territory is flat (boringly so) but the roads are full of traffic, with no bike paths at all.

    - EdWonk — 1/31/2005 @ 7:06 pm

  2. I’m with you on the preferences and abilities, except of course for the bad knees.

    Lately I’ve been considering acquiring a GPS as my latest geekish toy. This would permit recording the route and distance covered in hikes, which satisfies the “keeping track of progress” component.

    - saforrest — 1/31/2005 @ 9:12 pm

  3. Yeah, I got a pedometer for that purpose. Not quite as fancy, but a lot cheaper. And I really do like hiking, especially out west.

    - Moebius Stripper — 1/31/2005 @ 9:29 pm

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