Reason #4,276 to ride a bicycle for fitness…
You never run out of energy on vacation… at least not before you run everyone else into the dirt.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of being fit is being able to get the most out of a vacation. Only once have I been content to simply sit by and look at the beach and ocean over the tips of my toes. That was for our second honeymoon, we went down to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. The weather was virtually perfect until our last day there and we did a lot of hanging out at the beach. Still, we managed to kayak on the ocean, take out a catamaran, snorkel on the reef and swim with some rather large nurse sharks. I hopped a ride on the dorsal fin of a nine footer for a few feet after watching out guide do it… I figured if he, a native of the Dominican Republic who had been doing this for years, could do it, well so could I… A native of Michigan who had only ever seen a shark up close in the movie, Jaws. My wife was not amused, though we certainly laugh about it today.
We head down south every summer and spend a lot of time hiking and exploring in addition to swimming and playing cards till the wee hours of the morning. While I have my limits, I am one of the last adults* to run out of energy when it comes to the physical side of the festivities.
I ride a bicycle 100 miles in less than five hours – a hike down the Appalachian Trail for an hour or two is literally a walk in the park.
For that I am grateful.
*I specified adults because we also bring the kids… and those little farts have a freaking endless supply of energy. Dammit.