I have mentioned in previous blogs posts that I had the misfortune of dealing with an injury that forced me to quit rowing. As a result, I started shooting rifle – a much less impactful, easy on the body sport. In fact, it happens to be too easy and is not the kind of energy release I need. Rifle is beneficial in a good many ways, but it lacks the adrenaline pinching, muscle melting action that I was once a part of. Running, no matter how hard I try, has never been my thing (nor is it good for the injury I received). To this day, I have to watch what I do and be mindful of my body’s limits. This, as you can imagine, has been quite the nuisance. For a long time, I wasn’t getting the exercise that I needed and wanted. My typical afternoon workouts never ended with that endorphin “I think I am dead” sensation that I was so used to. This irked me, so I finally did something about it. I spoke with some folks on the triathlon team and soon found myself at the bike store picking out a sweet set of wheels. That day changed everything. I walked away with a hole in my wallet and my new best friend, a Trek Lexa SL road bike.
My experience with this bike is hard to compare. I have finally found the fix I need when it comes to exercise. Of course, I continue to do my morning swims and afternoon body weight workouts, but biking brings it all together. There is nothing like flying 20 mph down a flat stretch of road, leaning on the aero bars, feeling that burn in my legs. Hills are even better; the only pitfall is ignorant motorists. All in all, I couldn’t be more thankful for having found an exercise niche that suits my needs.
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