Getting back in shape

It’s a beautiful late summer day in North Carolina, gasoline costs $3.20 a gallon, and I reached a personal fitness milestone today, by biking 3 miles around the property in under 30 Minutes. Not that anyone rally cares, but that’s where I was at last Winter, when my bike broke (the free hub). It took me until last June to get my act together to fix it and to get back onto the bike trail around the house.

Since June, this summer’s heat has been relentless, mercilessly scorching and humid. I usually get up at 6:00 AM to ride, and some mornings it was 85 degrees and 100 percent humidity at that point.

Before this summer, I had estimated that the path around our property is about 1/3 of a mile long, and as I now have a bike computer, I know now that it is exactly .3 miles long. So 10 rounds are roughly 3 miles (5 KM). Not sure about the altitude – 50 feet perhaps from the highest point to the lowest?! That would be 500 feet difference on 3 miles.

Now I am teaching Jacob how to ride Julia’s old bike, and Julia is practicing with her new, fancy 21-gear mountain bike ….

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