Earlier this month I hit a milestone – 1,000 kilometres (621 miles) logged as a bike commuter. How exciting!! And I have not been rained on once in this whole three month experience. I can feel the difference in my fitness level, even though I was relatively fit before I started. I am no longer afraid of hill climbing (within reason … of course).
Best of all is the noticeable difference in my level of stress since I’ve become a bike commuter.
I arrive at my office each morning feeling extremely refreshed after sprucing up at the gym. I arrive at home a sweaty mess ready for my second shower of the day. I’m sure that I’ve never been cleaner. I am also making incremental improvements with my blood pressure which will hopefully one day allow me to drop my daily meds all together. It took Joe over three years of being a bike commuter to accomplish this, so I will need to be patient.
I do have a small rant … well actually a big rant. I have not been able to lose a significant amount of weight.
According to all those “weight loss experts”, weight loss is a perfectly simple mathematical equation: calories out must exceed calories in to achieve weight loss. Well, in terms of that math, since becoming a bike commuter I estimate that I should have lost 12 to 13 pounds. Have I? No, maybe one pound. I have burned over 40,000 additional calories since July without making any changes to my diet (which was and is relatively healthy). Sometimes being a woman sucks! A male friend of mine has logged fewer miles and has lost 25 pounds.
Anyway, I’m giving myself full marks for sticking with being a bike commuter. I may not have lost weight yet, but I am a whole lot fitter.
Coming into winter will be a challenge but I’ll keep you posted on all my ups and downs during the next few months.
Next post I will be doing a review for a great product for bike commuters called Bike Wrappers. Very cool concept for visibility on your bike.
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