Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Dancing in Lansing
I do like other activites, even though I almost have to force myself off the bike to do them. One of my favorite afternoons is to ride to a lake near my house, rent a rowboat and row for an hour. Then sometimes I just drift on the lake for another hour. I love canoing (but can't spell it!) and have done that more consistently through my life.
I also like to ride to the hiking trail and hike for a while. Walking relaxes me in a way not even cycling does, with it's easy rhythm and slow pace. I think walking (or running, which I just don't enjoy) is important to balance the leg muscles and possibly lessen knee and hip problems with aging. Plus, walking is, when all is said and done, the basic form of human transportation.
I ride my bike slightly less in the winter, and spend some of that extra time lifting weights. I don't enjoy this intrinsically, but I do like the power I gain and I think I look nicer too. This winter I intend to try snowshoeing (same spelling problem) for the first time.
I love walking on the ice for mile after mile (even up to 15 miles in one short winter day!), on our rivers and lakes. In fact, "icewalking" is the only thing I might enjoy more than cycling. I can hardly wait!
Machka--you are such a great cyclist. What other activities do you enjoy?