This section of my website used to be dedicated to triathlon training, personal race results and certification reviews, like Turbo Kick. I am expanding it to include more generic health & fitness topics. Also, I talk a lot about "D" -- he's my husband (Dave Liu)!

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

15 Minutes a Day

To get more comfortable on my road bike, some folks have suggested that I go out and ride every day, even if it's for 15 minutes. Well that's what I did today. I brought my bike to work and rode for 15 minutes during lunch.

As usual, I was apprehensive just before getting on my bike. I successfully got on but was nervous for the next two minutes before settling down. I cycled SLOOOOWWWLLLLY because there were cars parked on both sides of the street and I didn't want to taken by surprise in case one of them pulled out suddenly.

Palo Alto is a great place to cycle. As a traffic reduction experiment, they have closed off portions of some streets for 6 months. As a motorist, I was a little annoyed since it lengthened my commute in the mornings. As a cyclist, I'm extremely grateful.

On my way back, I saw some truly impressive bike handling: a roadie was at a stop light, clipped in on BOTH SIDES, standing up on his pedals and balancing (he wasn't holding onto anything) waiting for the light to turn. Then he cycled off when it became green. Damn that guy is good.

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