I read a lot of really cool blogs (you know who you all are), but today’s post goes out to Mr Bike v Car. Mr Bike v Car is challenging himself to use his bike rather than car (or that’s what I interpret from his blog). I love reading about his commuting, holiday and general cycling adventures. They inspire me. After I got injured from running, his and other cycling blogs (like Cycling and Stuff, and All Seasons Cyclist) helped me remember the joys of a sport I used to be obsessed by.
This week I used my bike to commute to work on Thursday and Friday (I was too sick the rest of the week). Then this morning, I went down to the bakery to socialise at running club (and live vicariously through all my running friends). Instead of riding my motorbike, I thought about Mr Bike v Car and how much he enjoys clocking up his cycling miles.
I couldn’t ride my road bike because I had installed the chain incorrectly (more about that in my next post) so I almost used that as an excuse to jump on my motorbike. But no. I stopped. I thought about how I wanted to use my day. And I rode my MTB down to the bakery instead. Compared to my road bike, the MTB is a pig to ride. I love it, but it needs some work and I don’t yet love riding it on the road. But I did it. And am glad I did.
I have added some mileage to my totals this week: 70.2km in three days to be exact. It’s not a lot, but I’ve enjoyed every single kilometre. I’ve enjoyed the fresh air while other commuters are rushing in their cars. I’ve enjoyed the wind rushing through my helmet against my balding head while riding down hills. I’ve enjoyed the sound of birds singing to welcome the day. And I enjoyed a magical sunset on Friday evening on my way home.
Yep. It’s been good to choose to pedal rather than motor. And I no longer see it as training.