Exactly like riding a bike, because that’s what I did this weekend. Back in the first iteration of my Korea life I had a very nice bicycle that I’d ride along the bike paths on the Han River. But that was seven years ago.
Circumstances being what they are I broke down and purchased an inexpensive bike on Saturday. I just couldn’t handle the desolation and distances involved in hiking the river here.
The ajumma who sold me the bike was also very friendly. I was wearing shorts and she noticed the varicose veins on my left leg. She told me I really needed to see a doctor about that as she stroked my leg and tsk tsked. I promised her I’d get it checked out.
So, it turns out that riding a bike is much more strenuous than walking. Maybe that should be obvious but it came as a surprise to me. I was shifting into low gear on the slightest of inclines and really pumping hard on the pedals. I guess that’s a good thing, cardio-wise anyway.
That first day I was also in quite a bit of pain.
So after an abbreviated ride of an hour or so, I parked the bike at home and hoofed it to PX on base.
Anyway, I plan to incorporate the weekend biking into my regular exercise routine. Which means the river rides will be in addition to my daily step goal of at least 15,000.
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