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Year Two, Day 50: Mindful Biking

More breaking ground today. I rode my bike to the Max, and then to my first student, who coincidentally lives close to my gym. 
Maggie waiting patiently for me at the gym, 6/28/2016

I am starting to notice positive changes from my daily biking. 

First of all, I feel such a sense of freedom and exhiliration when I hop on and take off.  It reminds me of my childhood. My brother and I rode all over Vancouver, WA on summer break.  It was my first experience of independence from a rather harsh father.  Back then we didn't wear helmets. And there were many hills. I will never forget the joy of coasting down a hill with the wind in my hair.

I have hints of the feeling now.

I also have noticed my energy is higher. And although I am sore (cycling uses muscles that I have not worked in awhile), I am getting stronger.

Feeling strong!

Cycling is also good for my mind. I find myself going through routes in my head. I am hoping to add more routes to my day. It beats walking and busing. I wait for no one and shave many minutes off of my commute. Plus it is FREE!

Also, it puts me more into the moment. Less time to worry when I am busy watching for cars, dogs, pedestrians and bumps in the sidewalk.

Mindful biking - that is what I am doing!

I am so glad I was led to this.  Along with cooking at home and eating at restaurants less. This is a much needed change.

And ironically, I just got word that my piano classes are being condensed at the music center due to low enrollment.

I would prefer not to have to get another job. But I am doing quite well with tightening my belt - in more ways than one!

Gotta run, er a student down here in the Belmont area. Maybe next week I will be brave and attempt to put my bike on the rack on the front of the Trimet buses. Then I can bike Belmont!

Happy Tuesday! :) 


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