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New Addition To My Fitness Regimen

Schwinn Meridian Adult 26-Inch 3-Wheel Bike

(photo credit – amazon.com)

I’m not sure if anyone caught it, but in my week three post of Leslie Sansone’s October challenge, I mentioned going for a bike ride instead of the one mile walk for a few of the challenge days. Bike ride? Yep. Well, more like a trike rather than a bike.

A few weeks ago, I finally bit the bullet and bought myself an adult tricycle. I had one for years when I was growing up, and I loved it. The main reason I hadn’t bought here yet is because it’s so stinking hot for 6 to 8 months out of the year. So what if it’s hot. I’m going for a bike ride darn it.

I got the Schwinn Meridian Adult 26-inch 3-wheel bike. I love it! Of course I got it in blue. Was there any doubt? If it comes in blue, it’s mine! It’s just a one-speed trike, but that’s OK. There are front and rear breaks, both controlled with your hands. The trike I had as a kid was able to break either by hands, or pedaling backwards. With this trike, you’re able to pedal backwards and not break. I like that a lot. Sometimes I need to back pedal to get more of a push. The large basket in the back is able to fold flat so that’s kinda neat.

I took a few days to get used to riding it. After all, I haven’t been on a trike for almost 20 years. Didn’t take too long to get used to it though. Depending on the terrain, I still feel like I’m going to tip over, but not too much. The only time I feel like I’ll tip is when I’m getting it out of the back yard gate. I have to go through grass which is bumpy, but it’s not big deal.

I’m not used to riding on hills either. I grew up in Miami, so everything was flat. Here, there are slight hills, which causes you to work harder. That’s a good thing. Right now, I’m riding around our block, which is about 3/4 of a mile around. The big block just adds an extra 1/4 of a mile, and you have to go up a fairly steep incline. I did that for the first time on Saturday, and it was a bit tough. I made it though. That incline is actually easier than getting up our driveway, which is a lot steeper than it looks.

I love my new trike, and I wish I had gotten it a long time ago. I can ride that sucker for a long time. I rode for about 45 minutes Saturday, and I could have have gone a lot longer. Yeah for new fitness and fun gear! Keep moving!

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