We had a warm, balmy afternoon of 20 degrees Celsius on Monday afternoon. This was a perfect time for me to take advantage and hit the road on the bike. I sold my black mountain bike a few days ago, as it no longer suited my needs and wasn’t allowing me to reap the full benefits due to improper sizing and tire issues. I have been using my wife’s bicycle for the past month, which is described as a “comfort” bike. This basically means that it’s mostly meant for riding on hard surfaces, such as pavement, and isn’t meant for gain on gravel and difficult surfaces.
We drove an hour up the highway to meet with my mother-in-law for a “social distancing” appropriate meeting, where we all stayed in our respective vehicles and chatted from several feet away. Once we travelled back home, I loaded up the bike and took off on a southern route to reach Wascana Lake, which is a man-made lake sitting near the Parliament building in Regina.
I pedalled down Broad Street and was remarkably surprised at people’s ignorance to a cyclist in clear view. I was almost struck repeatedly by passing vehicles, not least of which was a city bus that seemed to think it was a god idea to cut across my front to make a right-hand turn, despite my clear intention to go straight. Despite the many moving obstacles (or maybe I was the obstacle to them, depending on one’s perspective) I made it from my home to the lake in just under 20 minutes.
Once I reached the lake, I noticed that the City of Regina had altered the travel path that circumvents the lake to be in one direction only. So everyone who was walking, jogging or cycling was doing so in a clockwise direction. I usually love driving around the lake, as the view and the wildlife is usually plentiful. Getting around the lake proved much more difficult on a bike, since nobody on the trail seemed particularly interested in making way for a passing bike.
But the lake was a sight, the weather was beautiful and I was getting my workout in, so it more than made up for all the little inconveniences. Between the people and vehicles in the way and the stop-and-go nature of the traffic lights on Broad Street, it took me just short over an hour to go down to the lake, make one full circuit and make my way home. Not my best time, but it was still a good sweat.
During these restricted times, it’s important to take advantage of some fresh air and get a workout outside. Whether it’s a jog, a walk or a bike ride… Even a back yard kicking a ball around with your children will do. Staying active and getting some fresh air will go a long way towards helping you get through quarantine/self-isolation. ☯