Monday, January 09, 2006

Ik Fiets

I'm sure my spelling is atrocious, but I rode my bike for the first voyage of 2006. It was an uncharacteristically warm 60 degrees today in Morgantown so I rode to the gym and worked out. My roommate Nic (who is living in Martinsburg for the next month) would be so proud of me for going it alone. It was kind of odd though. I raced over on my bike, and started going through the circuit. I was going really fast through the workout and I stopped for a minute to talk to this guy Jeremy who has been coming to h2o off and on for a while. As we were talking I had a strange feeling come over me. I started to get dizzy like I was going to pass out. I had to excuse myself from the conversation, and get some water. Then I slid down the wall by the water fountain, and just chilled for a bit.

I started thinking about those warnings about stopping exercise when dizzy, and consulting a physician before starting any fitness programs (stand warnings for everyone in the United States). I started wondering about my own mortality as I sat there light headed. I think I just went at the workout a little to zealously, and on an empty stomach.

It was great to be able to start off the year with a little cycling. As long ast the weather holds out, I hope to make it a little more of a routine. Over the last few months, I have been thinking about stewardship in some pretty broad terms, and I think that biking gives me exercise, and it also allows me to be more financially frugal (no gas money) and not pollute the earth.

It takes a little more time to get around town, but it is well worth it I think.

If only Morgantown had bike lanes like Amsterdam.

1 comment:

Eric Asp said...

Hey -- great to hear that you're bringing some of Amsterdam to Morgantown! I think bicycle is the perfect mode of transportation (although it certainly can have some down sides as well), and I wish more American cities would figure out how to encourage it... And for the record, if you're trying to use Dutch words for your title, you would write: "Ik fiets" (although "Ich Feitz" looks kind of German, so at least you got that going for you)...