Sunday, April 26, 2009

Logging Miles

It's been about 2 months since I purchased my very first road bike -- and I'm loving it. The awesome thing about California is that being active and outdoors is very much ingrained into the lifestyle here, which is much different from what I grew accustomed to on the east coast. Granted, this was largely a result of living in a climate where 6 months of the year were eaten up by cold weather, but also being trapped in an urban jungle like New York. On any given weekend in California, people are skiing, hiking, bike riding, running, playing golf -- you name it. I had always wanted to get into biking due to the bike-friendliness of San Francisco, but working in Mountain View every day put a damper on how much time I actually had to ride.

Over the course of the last 2 months, I've put over 825 miles on my bike, mainly riding after work and on the weekends, which I never thought I'd be able to do. In fact, I just realized I've put more miles on my bike in 2 months than I have on my car for the entire year. Not sure if that will keep up, but I like that I'm keeping my carbon footprint relatively low.

I love riding because, in addition to a great workout, I've been able to discover parts of the city and Bay Area that I normally wouldn't be able to see. Here are some various pictures that I've been able to take with my iPhone during my various rides:

At least for the next 6 months, I'm definitely looking to keep up the pace of 120-150 miles per week and, if all goes according to plan, I'll have more exciting biking adventures soon. Stay tuned.

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