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Old 04-21-01, 02:28 PM   #1
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This week, the weather was great. Something inside me
had the urge to walk instead of riding my bike.

Seriously, for four days this week, I mixed walking into my commute (with public transport: a good place to nap). For two of those days I logged 6 miles a day. The rough comparison is about 1 mile walking equals 3 miles cycling. Let me tell you, not only was it wonderful, like cycling, but it was a great workout (but I used a different set of muscles...ouch!) Man, I felt like the king of the road: go ahead, Spankies, take away my car! I'll just walk or cycle! HA! (What a great excuse to get outside!)

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Old 04-21-01, 03:20 PM   #2
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Nothing wrong with walking. It is something I enjoy immensely too.

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Old 04-22-01, 06:10 PM   #3
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It's the best exercise available. And, unlike biking, it is a weight-bearing execrise and good for the bones.
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Old 04-23-01, 05:35 AM   #4
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Unfortunately I do more walking now than cycling, because of where I work in London.
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Youre right, London is a great place to cycle. The major roads can be bypassed with a maze of back streets and canal tow paths. In central London, top speed is about 20mph so it is a lot safer than people imagine.
There are a couple of junctions which are bad, but with careful planning you can avoid them.
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True. Walking is definitely great stuff.
The funny thing, out here in Los Angeles area, people don't seem to like to walk.

I had to drop off my car for its tune up (yeah, I still need to maintain the car, folks), and I had asked the service guy where the nearest bathroom was, and he mentioned some dealership (they were doing construction there)...I wasn't paying attention, coz I figured, hey, it must be far if he's giving me a ride. Well, it was just up the street about a 1/4 mile, and after he dropped me off, I told him, "I can just walk back. I have an hour to kill anyway." He was just so surprised that I would wanted to walk. He kept asking me if I was sure, and I said, "Yeah, I know how to get back."

Anyway, I took a walk for a few miles, and it was ready when I got back to the service area. It was a nice day out and I got some exercise out of it.
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BLEH! Today, during my lunch break I decided to walk to Wendys for lunch, when I got there, I noticed 4 of my co-workers there, we all sat down and ate lunch. When we were done, we got up and went out of the establishment, I was amazed! All for people drove there own car to Wendys, less then 1/4 a mile from work, and three of the people drove big SUV's! The other lady was driving a late 70's chevy! I was ticked off, they all offered me a ride back to work, and I refused them all, I made a snide comment that I would rather walk, get my exercise and breath some fresh air on my way back to work I think my exact words were "I really don't see the point to driving anywhere within a few miles, id rather get my daily exercise and a breath of real air." . Hopefully for lunch tomorrow , they will walk with me to Wendys, or at least car pool there. Luckly these are people im only training with, and wont be working with them next week
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...they all offered me a ride back to work, and I refused them all...
Happened all the time to me.
"Yes, I really would rather walk."
"O.k., if you're sure about that."
"Yes, but thanks a lot!"
"It really wouldn't be any trouble, really!"
"No, thank you very much."
"Getting your exercise?"
"Yes, I am getting my exercise."
"Well, if you're sure..."
"YES...uh, I mean, 'yes,' I'm sure..."
"Look, I hate to leave you like this..."
"GO AHEAD! PLEASE!"

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BLEH! Today, during my lunch break I decided to walk to Wendys for lunch

OH MY GOSH>>>>> Does walking cancel out the Wendy's wonderful drippy burgers??????? I'll freakin walk every day. Of course the closest Wendy's is about 6 miles... The further the better!!!!!!! I only have an hour for lunch.....I know, I'll use some vacation hours. How long would it take me towalk 12 miles???? hmmmm I wonder..
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An older friend of mine who used to do this kind of thing in the military sometimes walks as much as 18 miles in a pop. I would still have trouble believing it, if it wasn't for his clean-cut nature.
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I read that Charles Dickens used to take long walks at night in London. It helped his depression. Wordsworth would walk 30 miles to visit his friend Samuel T. Coleridge, in the Lake Country.

I think we've kind of lost touch with that kind of walking!

Since I haven't had a car since 1982 (good riddance!), I've done a lot more walking than the "average person" in addition to using public transportation and, of course, my bicycles. My left hip has made walking more painful the past three or four years, but I still walk. I walked eight miles last Saturday.

However, I find walking intolerably boring. I almost never do it for "fun." Cycling is (usually) fun. Running is fun, but I don't do that anymore from fear of injury and knowledge that it's really hard on just about everything that comprises a human body.

I hope walking and cycling complement each other.
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