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08/27/2002 Archived Entry: "My Biking Days"

Weird things are happening to me. I've spent the last month doing a lot of cycling. For someone like me who is generally inactive to spend 5 out of 7 days of the week on a bike is pretty amazing. There is this strange thing going on in my abdomen. Under the 1/2 inch thick layer of flab is a strange hard substance (dare I say "muscle") that seems to be developing. The thing is it's really hard like rock.

Normally I'll do some weird things during the summer (i.e. playing softball, kayaking, rock climbing) but I'll only do each thing once and will shrug it off as a weird one time thing. Now I feel like biking all the time. Even when I'm tired I want to bike. I end up biking close to 100 miles a week and treating it like a full time job mostly because I lack a full time job. People that are close to me are wondering what the hell is up with me and quite frankly so am I.

Being on the bike is really soothing for some reason. I've spent a great deal of time biking all over northern Rhode Island and I feel like I have a much better sense of where I'm from because of it. There are places within a few miles of my house that I've seen a million times from a car but I've never really seen them before. You just don't get a very good sense of the area you live just driving through it on a car. Now I'm behind the streets on paths, coasting through the woods and for the first time in my life getting a true sense of my surroundings. No I truly know what Providence looks like. I can scarcely imagine a better way to see an area than on a bike.

I go to Cape Cod this weekend in my annual trip to visit a friend. My bike is coming with me and I'm doing all the trails. I may go to Montreal next week and, if so, the bike comes too.

When I was young I laughed at the thirtysomethings who had rediscovered biking and jogging and the like. I thought that they were nothing more than ridiculous fools who were kidding themselves. Now that I'm looking at it from this end I see it completely differently. In what has been a kinda bleak summer this has been a really rewarding experience and has certainly opened my eyes to a lot of things I've been ignorant to in the past.

I'm sorry that this wasn't at all funny. I let you all down.

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