The mind/body interface is a funny thing. We know we need to exercise, but it is so dull. Go the gym, sweat, go home, repeat. It doesn’t seem to work for me. A while back I read/watched a guy explain how he pedalled his exercise bike from Seattle to Maine. It took a year. In the process he lost twenty pounds.
This works because it exploits the power of habit to accomplish an apparently unachieveable goal, while at the same time turning it into a game. Keeping the stats becomes part of the ritual. Charts are encouraged. There isn’t a tangible accomplishment, and yet there is a goal at the end of it. Thus we harness the power of our inner geek.
This seemed a worthy endeavor, so I’ve started pedalling to New Orleans. I’m about 100 miles from home now, all done without leaving the room. From there I plan to continue on to Miami, up the east coast, etc. From time to time I may show progress here, although I’m not sure if WordPress can handle powerpoint slides and presentation graphics. Refreshments will be served of course.
Current location : Bourbonnais, IL
Distance to go : 881 miles