Back on the bike

2008-04-06

in Daily updates, Ottawa, The outdoors

As I had hoped, I got to do my first bike ride of the spring today: 25km along some of my favourite paths. It is intensely satisfying to feel tired and hungry as the result of exertion, rather than just because of the basic, boring work of keeping alive. Similarly, it was great fun to have the speed and maneuverability of a cyclist again, avoiding puddles and pedestrians while crossing ground with pleasing rapidity.

If I am to spend much more time in Ottawa, I am really going to need to find a winter sport.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

oleh April 8, 2008 at 12:51 am

I share those feelings about cycling . . just a great way to get around.

Winter sport option to consider : cross country skiing – has a similar invigorating feeling as cycling with perhaps an increased heartbeat.

Milan April 8, 2008 at 11:24 am

Dad,

I considered cross country skiing, but was put off by the need to buy gear and the difficulty involved in getting to the Gatineau Park by public transit.

I also considered indoor climbing, but it seems that you basically need to have a partner to do much of anything. Finding someone who would be up for such a thing regularly and at the same time as I would be is fairly unlikely.

Milan April 11, 2008 at 10:36 am

Five days after the above post was written, it is snowing again.

So much for the arrival of spring…

Harriet April 25, 2008 at 10:44 am

Pound for pound, a person on a bike can go farther on a calorie of food than a gazelle can running, a salmon swimming, or an eagle flying.

Harriet April 25, 2008 at 10:44 am

The bicycle is the most efficient vehicle ever devised. A human on a bicycle is more efficient (in calories expended per pound and per mile) than a train, truck, airplane, boat, automobile, motorcycle, or jet pack.

. April 29, 2008 at 10:45 am

“Since the bicycle makes little demand on material or energy resources, contributes little to pollution, makes a positive contribution to health and causes little death or injury, it can be regarded as the most benevolent of machines.”–Stuart S. Wilson, Oxford University

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