There will be a day I can no longer do this. Today is not that day.
My hope is to one day ride bikes with grandchildren. That doesn’t just happen all of a sudden. That happens one day at a time, year after year, of trying to maintain my health and fitness. I can’t wait for my city to provide safe access. I can’t wait for my schedule to provide convenience. I must, and do, make it happen, each and every day (even if it means the necessity of that damn BikeNoodle when I ride in dangerous-by-design suburbia, where I’ve been sheltering-in-place). That’s because it matters to me, especially now when fitness can reduce or eliminate co-morbidities that are proven to increase the risk of life-threatening complications and death from COVID-19. My reduced risk benefits not just me and my family but the public health of my entire community, and beyond.
Does taking charge of your future (at a time when so little is within our control) matter to you? If so, you may enjoy my free bike class via text and downloadable PDF*. It’s not just about bikes, by the way. It’s about voice and power and ways to live out loud in spaces where we as women are underrepresented, discounted, and marginalized. (Note: Numerous women involved with city governments around the USA are taking the class right now.) I may also start up again with my in-person classes (one-on-one, socially distanced) in August. How else can I help you?
Fun fact: I am in discussions with several major bikeshare companies and bike advocacy groups about ways I can help, plus I am applying for several fellowships designed to help Americans get more healthy. We have individual and collective opportunities to increase our resilience. And that makes me jump for joy.
* You may need to access the PDF on a laptop or desktop as there seems to be a glitch on the phone (that I asked Scribd to fix).
UPDATE: I leap a lot, as you know, and I’ve decided to start calling it my Daily Leap of Faith. Here’s the latest. It involved submitting an application.