Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thrive thursday: Commuting by Bike

This is a on going series that is posted on thursday's, to answer the question: "What helps you to thrive in your environment?" The series is written by myself, and a variety of guest Contributors. This week, I want to comment on the joy of a commute

Today, it is simple. I wasn't sure what to write. i certainly have not felt like I have been thriving as of late. but, on my way back from work at the hospital today, I realized for the first time in quite a while, something that I have not talked about for a long time. Mostly because, to me, it is so simple. it is something that I love. Something that sustains me. Something that makes me thrive.

I remember what it felt like to get back on my bike, way back in 2007, after I had spent the summer recovering from a crash that broke both my arms. It was my new baby blue brodie, I was scared, but, it felt like freedom. biking around the city, too and from work, too and from school, felt like freedom.

Commuting by bike allows everybody who does it to be healthy. (I know people who have dropped 30 lbs by just riding too and from work.) Commuting by bike allows people to slow down. Commuting by bike allows you to go faster than public transit. commuting by bike allows you to talk to other people on bikes. Commuting by bike (I know, i know... dangerous) allows you to get lost in your music while on two wheels. on the 19th of sept, 2008, i wrote:
"there are a couple of things that i love about commuting by bicycle. some of them depends on the ride; such as watching the sun rise, or set. or if you want to get a workout, or if you want to take a leisurely ride. or, if you listen to music, or choose to listen to what is going on around you. but, at least one thing that happens every s
ingle time you go on a commute. You have the time to feel the wind in you hair, and rushing past your body, as you take the time to prepare for the day, or take time to decompress from the day. it is a time to think about your day (ahead, or behind), while your blood is flowing rich with oxygen and endorphins. :)"

and, i still agree with that. most definently. commuting is one of the things that *Certainly* allows me to thrive in my environment.

1 comment:

Niki Brown said...

Yay biking! And damn - how did I not know you broke both your arms? How did that happen?

On another note - wondering if you use runkeeper to keep track of bikes/runs. I have the app on my iphone and its great!