Well, it's time for the fourth round of 30 Days of Biking and I'm doing it again.
If you don't know what 30 Days of Biking is it's, in short, a challenge to ride your bike every day for 30 days. It was started by two guys from the Twin Cities who challenged their Twitter friends to ride their bikes every day. The challenge went viral and several hundred people from around the world participated in the first 30 Days of Biking.
I was one of them. I rode my bike every day in April 2010.
And, though it sounds over-dramatic to say this, 30 Days of Biking changed my life.
I became a much more active person. I realized I could do things that seemed impossible. I met a bunch of positive, fun people. And I really started "loving the bike," as my friend, Darryl from Loving The Bike likes to say.
Since that first challenge there have been two more and I've done them all. Owen and the kids joined me for Round 2 last September. Owen joined me for Round 3 in April and I had the fun of being a member of Team Loving the Bike for a fun competition with a group over at Bicycle Radio.
I'm a huge fan of 30 Days of Biking! But, I will admit, when the announcement went out that Round 4 was starting on September 1st I was a little less than keen on doing the challenge again. I'm not really sure why. Maybe because I know that I can in fact ride my bike every day for 30 days in a row. Or maybe because I was feeling sort of tired of riding my bike. Or something.
But I decided to ride Round 4.
Well because doing 30 Days of Biking makes me feel great!
When I'm biking every day I feel happier - probably because of the exercise and also, I think, because each day is an accomplishment and I like accomplishing goals.
It also feels wonderful to be a part of a big bicycling community made up of people from all over the world. Each time I do the challenge I "meet" so many fabulous people and reading their tweets and Facebook comments about the challenge is inspiring.
30 Days of Biking also reminds me that bicycling is more about having fun along the way than it is about going far or going fast.
So here I go again with Round 4 of 30 Days of Biking!
And here's a fun video from last September when it rained a lot - but we still rode our bikes every day!
On a related note, 30 Days of Biking introduced me to a very cool bicycling blog, shebicycles. I follow the blog and entered a contest to win a YMX bicycling jersey. Guess what? I won - and Cassi at shebicycles asked me to write my "bike-ography" for her blog. Read my bike-ography if you wish and be certain to read the blog. It's wonderful and, as an added bonus, the pictures are awesome!