My most favourite aerobic exercise is biking. Just this month, I have started to do 50K bike rides. Yesterday, was my second one for September.
At first I was hoping to find someone to bike with me but now that I have been out a few times, I find that I prefer to do these alone. While I’m biking, I like the solitude and I like being left alone with my thoughts. I enjoy heading out the door with a vague route in mind and then adjusting, as I please, as I discover new bike paths. And finally, I like to challenge myself to either maintain a speed or to go faster and not have to consider how fast anyone else is going.
You have to cover a lot of Winnipeg to get in 50K. Today I started from my home in the North End and went through Point Douglas, St. Boniface, and Windsor Park to get to Lagimodiere and Fermor, then biked up Lagimodiere to Bishop Grandin and went all the way to Route 90. I stopped at a nice shady picnic table for a snack before continuing on through River Heights, Wolsley area and back to the North End.
When I bike I use an app that tracks my route, biking speed, the number of calories burned and my heart rate (I wear a heart rate monitor). Stats for my ride; 53.6K, average heart rate of 114, and I burned 1072 calories!
I have two more 50K routes planned. I hope to get them in before the snow starts.