I turned down this alley in Albuquerque’s Old Town on a bike ride this morning, amazed that I’d never noticed it before.
I spend a lot of time on the bike. I’m long past my youthful zoomy lifestyle, but in my slow and plodding way I have come to deeply value my time wandering Albuquerque. My friend Maria Lane (an actual professor of geography) calls it “geography by bike”. It’s based on a “what happens if we turn left here” approach to my city, and this year I logged 4,400 miles of it, nearly all here in Albuquerque. After a few years of working too hard and riding too little, it’s rejuvenated my view of my city. And me. Remember that feeling of freedom when you were a kid and grabbed a sack lunch and rode off to wherever?
And yes, I know the number of miles. Yes, I am a geek. Yes, I GPS every ride.
And I try to hit all the alleys.
Holy Cow John,
That’s over half the miles I would ride when I gave my life to the sport of bicycle racing. And I wasn’t doing any literary research like you – just giving the racing community something to do with themselves.
What app do you use to track your riding?
I have a Wahoo GPS unit, which feeds its data to Strava. It mounts on the bike and serves as a speedometer/odometer/everythingometer. But being a geek and amused by the data, I often have other measurement devices as well (I have a couple of watches with GPS in them, one from Polar and one from Garmin).
Strava also works straight from any IOS/Android phone.
Thanks so much for the quick reply. As many do on this day, I’m trying to get my butt back in gear. And since the Doc said that I have a knee of a man 15 years older than I am, I’m looking to the bike. And also being a data nerd, I appreciate your approach. Do you also capture heart rate with the Polar? I’ve become a heart rate trainer on the treadmill.
Jim – Re knee, me too! One of mine is slowly falling apart, and for me the bike is a great way to take care of it.
My Polar watch (Vantage M) captures heart rate on the wrist. It’s a good all-in-one solution, except that you can’t easily see it while you’re riding, especially in bundle-up cold. For the Wahoo, I use a chest strap, which feeds heart rate to the Wahoo, which I can see while I’m riding.
The bike is the only way I could do this, because it’s kid play.