20 Minutes Over Lunch
Nov. 9, 2010
Total mileage: 3,063
Things you can do in 20 minutes over lunch (clean version):
- Work your arse off bicycling cross-country
The American Heart Association believes humans can get by with 20 minutes of “vigorously intense cardio” three days a week. Until recently, I thought road cycling was the best exercise you could get on a bike. Then I took up cyclocross.
It’s now early November. Although the air temperature is still reasonable, daylight is getting scarce. It’s tough to get in an evening workout, so I’ve been cramming recreation into the lunch hour. There’s a spot a couple miles from work that’s part mountain bike course, part hiking path, part untamed prairie. It’s rough, grassy, and hilly. I’ve started riding it with the Sweetpea for just 20 minutes at a time. On the downhills, I stand on the pedals and shove my rear back and above the seat for a good leg workout. On the uphill, well, I ride until gasping can’t put enough oxygen into the lungs. Then I walk or jog the bike up the rest of the hill.
Mr. Spoked is worried I’ll get eaten by a mountain lion. I’m worried I’ll endo (do a header over the handlebars). But whatever the hazards, it feels great to get some sunshine and exercise. The view is fine, and the exercise makes me a better worker for the rest of the day. Ah, vigorous cardio, you’re cheaper than therapy.