2,031 is the number of calories that I burned while riding my bike yesterday. How cool is that!! Who knew? I certainly didn’t realize that I could burn that many calories by riding a bike. It’s probably one of the best kept secrets amongst serious cyclists.
While my foot is still resting, I realize that too many more days of reading, writing, and floating in the pool, consuming endless calories (beer & frozen margaritas) can’t be good for my body, I’m forced to try something different.
I hopped on my bike and took off. Bobbing my head and singing along to my favorite tunes, I really got into the ride. About half way through my 21 mile ride, I started thinking about buying a helmet and a better bike. Oh yeah, and a seat too. Other than my hamstrings and quadriceps vastly burning, my rear end was the only other body part feeling discomfort. Yup. I think I can work cycling into my running routine.
As I previously commented, if I hadn’t been injured, I would not have tried the bike, so I’m glad that I gave it a chance. Though, I’m certain that when I roll out of bed, I’m going to really feel it (soreness). Probably even more so, because after I got off the bike, I stretched then moved on to do lunges in the backyard. I can get crazy like that! Once warmed up, I don’t want to stop. Definitely a self-proclaimed exercise addict.
So I am committing to trying to add new activities to my exercise routine. I have the nerve to call it a “routine” when mostly all I do is run. It’s not like I don’t know that I need to switch up, it’s just that I get such a high from running. Runners are addicted to the endorphin rush.
Anyway today I’ll probably ride again— I have to see if I can improve yesterdays time. Lol! Then maybe the next day, I’ll use the elipitcal machine… Not sure yet!