Why do YOU ride a bike?
I’m asked often by my patients why I ride a bike. They can understand a car, a motorcycle, or even a horse, but a bicycle? It’s easy to say that I ride bikes because I love it, which is true…but let’s get a little deeper: Bicycle, how do I love thee, let me count the ways.
The Reasons I Ride…
First there is the fitness aspect. I love staying as active and as healthy as possible. I am a physical therapist and I believe in leading by example. Who am I to advise my patients to take up an exercise program if I’m not proactive in exercise and fitness?
Second there is the competition. I race road, mountain, and triathlons. Without this outlet, I would find non-productive ways to be competitive. Ask my husband and children: a racing Nicole is a happy Nicole and one that everyone likes to live with.
Last but certainly not least, there is the social aspect of riding my bike…and I can tell you for certain that this part is my favorite. There is nothing quite like riding along with your friends and solving the problems of the world while the asphalt is humming beneath your tires; A good ride with your teammates, surging and recovering for fun, then sharing a couple of brews afterwards in the parking lot. Teaching a new rider how to use her gears as she tackles the Biggest. Hill. She. Has. Ever. Seen.
Although many of my future posts will focus on injury prevention and recovery, I just wanted to introduce myself by telling you why I love to ride my bike. Why do YOU ride?
Nicole is a physical therapist who races road, mountain, triathlons, and trail runs. She strives to be an example of a balanced, healthy lifestyle to effect a positive change in the health status of the community. Plus, she likes to have FUN! Cycling is all about meeting new people, seeng new sites, and sharing knowledge with other riders. She will be sharing her expertise on flexibility, injury prevention, muscle balance, and recovery.