While I was standing in line at the cafeteria waiting for my hard-earned spinach and artichoke pizza, I noticed that one of my friends commented on my ride's Facebook post:
"Dude! You are crazy."This got me thinking. Am I crazy? Sometimes I'm pretty sure my wife thinks I am. But, if I'm crazy, then surely these other guys (and gals, from time to time) who I ride with must also be crazy. Maybe there's something in the water...
As I thought about it some more, I decided that, no, I am not crazy (which is, of course, what most crazy people think, but that's beside the point). I actually have perfectly good reasons for doing this! Perhaps I should enumerate them! So, here goes:
- Aerobic exercise is good for your heart, lungs, and a whole bunch of other body parts. This, in turn, will hopefully allow me to live longer (and healthier), which, I assume, my family will appreciate.
- I have 2 young kids. You need to be in pretty good shape to keep up with them. See #1.
- It keeps me thin. Pretty sure my wife like this. See #1.
- If I'm not currently concerned about being at race weight, I can eat pretty much anything I want. This includes ginormous piles of carnitas (which, oddly enough, I haven't had for a while... must take corrective action).
- Except for the rare occasion, I sleep really, really well. Not enough, mind you (see #2), but that's a whole different problem.
- It's fun! I really, really, really like to ride my bike. I'd do this 5 days a week if I could afford the time.
- I often ride with some really cool people whom I probably would not have met if not for SF2G, which in turn I would not have found if I hadn't been riding 55+ miles to work from San Francisco.
- It makes me feel happy, good, at peace with the world, etc. This is more than just the garden variety kind of happy you get from doing something fun. This is more like the happy / good / at peace I imagine one feels after some quality meditation time. Of course, I also like to ride hard, which puts pain in the legs (and and sometimes a number of other places), so maybe this is just the endorphins talking. But hey, I'll take it.
- When I get to work, I feel like I've already accomplished something big. Hey, I just pedaled my ass off for 3'ish hours! If I can do that, I can take anything that work dishes out. Never underestimate the value of this. I work at a company that can, at times, be a serious pressure cooker, and so for me, this is huge.
- It gives me an excuse to fire up the stove late at night to mix up batches of tan liquid comprised of brown rice syrup, dextrose powder, sea salt, and water.
So, dear readers... how about you? Do you ride your bike to work a long enough distance that your friends / significant other think you're a little bit nuts? Do you do absurd things like look for ways to make your commute longer, as I often do? What are your reasons for doing it?