Monday, April 21, 2008

What Goes Forth, Must Come Back

Okay, I realize that really isn't a law of physics, but it certainly applies to biking. Yesterday evening I went for my first bike ride in nearly ten years! At first I was a bit wobbly, but after a few minutes, it all seemed to come back. I went with my two roommates and we had a really nice ride. The weather was nearly perfect: warm but not hot, with a (sometimes gusty) breeze. We just followed the bike trail that is just a few blocks from my house all the way to Bethany Park and then decided to bike up to Bethany Library, just up the street. All together our ride was about seven miles round trip and took us about an hour and a half (that's with a couple of short stops along the way and a longish break when we got to the library). It was challenging, but fun. My legs aren't nearly as sore as I thought they would be (thanks, BodyPump!). Maybe I'll start riding my bike to work on the days I'm at Bethany, especially now that gas is so expensive and won't be getting cheaper anytime soon. I really should ride my bike to the gym for BodyPump and kill two birds with one stone!

The bike trails in Lincoln are really nice and well-maintained. Though I have nothing to compare them to, since I've really only ever ridden my bike in small towns. There were quite a few people out yesterday. Lincoln often has that small-town feel, in that you always run into someone you know. I actually saw several families that I know from work and I saw a fellow library employee who lives in the neighborhood. I like the fact that the trails run behind people's houses, like alleys. You get a little glimpse into the lives of the residents. Lots of houses had really nice, big backyards and gardens, which I'm sure will look beautiful later this spring and summer.


5k Karrie said...

They say... it's just like riding a bike! It all comes back to you.

Call me sometime and we'll ride together. The trail that I have taken (close to my house) is all "county". There are no houses, just farms, and woods and nature. What a difference a few miles makes.

Jennifer said...

I've thought about biking to work also, but I'm afraid of what would happen if I tried that when it is really hot outside - doesn't seem like fun at all. Also, I'm not really close to a trail, so it would be pretty far if I didn't just take the sidewalk along Holdrege, which seems stressful with all of the traffic and everything. But I guess I could give it a try before it gets too hot - just see how long it would take me some evening.