My Bike is a Time Machine by Dale Gavney
I get to work and home again most days on a time machine – my bicycle.
First, my bike saves me time. By overlapping my commute time with my workout time, I save time and get more exercise. I get about 90 minutes of exercise on each day I take my bike to and from work. A commute to American Family by car from my neighborhood is about 60 minutes per day round trip. So if I had a 90 min. workout and a 60 min. commute, that would be a 2/3 increase in overall time spent for the same exercise impact. How’s that for quantifiable impact!
Also, because my commute and exercise are integrated into my day, so for me, it’s simply more likely to happen.
Second, my bike gives me time. Being on a bike twice a day gives me more time outside, feeling the sun (or rain) on my skin, smelling the grass, the trees, or the farmers’ fields. I hear the birds and the frogs when they’re singing. Working inside as most of us do, this time outside is precious to me.
Also, if you practice mindfulness or other kinds of meditation, then you know that being attuned to your senses is important. Being on a bike is like a gold mine for the senses.
I also get more time to connect to others. On a bike, it’s easy to pull over and chat to anyone – friends in the neighborhood, a fellow biker with a flat tire. Over the past year, I’ve made friends with a crossing guard I see every day on the way in.
My bike itself is from another time. Heavy and solid, with a ride smoother than a Cadillac, my solid Reagan-era mountain bike is “More Harley Davidson than Trek” according to the guy who sold it to me.
Finally, my bike takes me back in time by literally making me younger! Well, not literally, but my rides can change my appetite to be more in line with a person half my age. On really challenging days, where the wind is strong or snow is on the ground, I get an awesome workout and lots of fresh air. On those days, my appetite is astounding – it makes me feel like I’m 20 again.
And on those nights, I’m asleep in no time.