1. The trail is a lot bumpier than I realized. Turns out you notice those bumps a lot more when you’re on a bike. Same goes for gradual uphills and gradual downhills.
2. Dressing for a bike ride in chilly or windy conditions is a whole other beast from dressing for a run in the same conditions. For running I always dress 10 degrees warmer than the actual temp. For biking I have to dress 15 degrees colder than the actual temp.
3. Dogs take more notice of bikers than they do of runners.
4. People standing in the middle of the trail having a conversation will ignore your approach on a bike as much as they do when you’re on foot. Kind of silly of them because I totally have the upper hand on a bike.
5. Bike computers can be as complicated as a GPS watch. But just like a GPS watch, if you just keep pushing buttons eventually you will hit the right combination and it will start tracking your distance, speed, and time
6. Riding through a swarm if gnats creates a much more precarious situation than running through them. I’m much more likely to veer off the trail and crash when I’m riding with my eyes closed than when I’m running with my eyes closed.
7. Fallen leaves on the trail hide all sorts of dangerous objects: sticks, large rocks, and fallen walnuts (still in their green tennis ball-sized shell). All of these objects are just waiting to unseat you from your bike.
8. There is a smaller range of temperatures I will ride in than the range I will run in. Forty degrees, windy and raining (yesterday’s weather) won’t stop me from heading outside for a run, but you won’t catch me biking in that weather.
9. It’s a lot harder to have a conversation while biking than while running, even when you’re riding next to each other. I think Barry and I used the word “what!?” more than anything else during our ride on Tuesday.
|From a summer bike ride together
10. Saddle sore does not just apply to horse saddles. We’ll leave it at that.
What observations have you made from the bike?
What observations have you made while doing other forms of exercise?