Biking For Fun and Profit

I like a stationery bike, and when it comes to selecting the type, I vote for recumbent.  For years I rode the “original” kind, higher and more like a regular bicycle, but once I discovered the other, I was hooked. Somehow they make me feel like I’m sitting in my living room relaxing, no matter what level of intensity I select. It’s comfortable for my lower back, so makes me more willing to exercise more often. In fact, I not only use them at the gym, but there is a NordicTrack living in our own home. Here in Kamas, Utah, South Summit High School has a state-of-the-art rec center, and that’s where I’ve been exercising, with the exception of skiing when the season is on. It has two pools, treadmills, stationery bikes of all breeds, ellipticals (which make me nervous; I always expect the person using one to suddenly take flight or spin off and land on a nearby quad machine).

Of course there are free weights. There’s also a rock climbing wall, pool and Foosball tables, and specialty classes from core strengthening to zumba.

With all this wealth of equipment at my disposal for no charge, I decided to put my bike on the auction block at our now-famous recent yard sales. It sold. That’s the good news. Here’s the bad: In their diligence to keep the center up-to-date in every way, not long ago management replaced the bikes I use. The problem is, it’s like someone said, “You want recumbent? I’ll give you recumbent!” These puppies give new meaning to the expression laid back; if I weren’t trying so hard to read the book I always have propped up on the control panel, I’d be in danger of drifting off to sleep. It’s a good thing they aren’t upholstered, or it would be even worse.

I was in a quandary. My hips don’t like the treadmill anymore, I’ve successfully managed to avoid the dreaded elliptical, and the new bikes … well, you know. And the buyer of my bike is coming to pick it up this Friday. What now? It’s still two months until the white stuff arrives. Do I overcome my (perhaps unfounded) fear of strange machines? Flip around on TV for early morning exercise shows? Resurrect my Pilates DVD?

It’s been said the best place to hide something is to place it in plain sight. Nearby the new bikes I saw one I’d never noticed before. It’s recumbent, higher (which feels great for a change), and has a ramrod straight back that gives excellent support. I can read, watch TV, or—not possible on the regular recumbents—hunch over and pretend I’m doing the Tour de France if I want. It even has armrests.

Whatever your exercise method of choice, I hope you do something for your body. And I’m looking for good press on ellipticals; you just never know when I might just fight my fear of flying (in the gym).


About Tricia Pimental

Brooklyn-born Tricia Pimental moved to Portugal in 2012, where she found rural life so idyllic she wrote a piece for the Living the Dream section of International Living Magazine. Today she serves as their Portugal Correspondent. The former actress and Toastmaster has written three award-winning books: Rabbit Trail: How a Former Playboy Bunny Found Her Way, Slippery Slopes, and A Movable Marriage. Other writing credits include two travel books for International Living: The Old-World Charms of Portugal and Escape to Portugal, and a 15-part video series entitled Portugal 101. Tricia has discovered one of the best parts about living in Europe is the ability to sample the culture (especially all that food and beverage) of many countries via road trips. She and her husband Keith—and their intrepid Maltese, Carson—have traveled through Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Denmark, and more, as well as Ireland, Eastern Europe, Russia, and the Balkans. After renting in various regions of the country, Tricia and Keith now own a quinta in central Portugal. She blogs at
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3 Responses to Biking For Fun and Profit

  1. Debbie Willis says:

    Tricia- You are hilarious! We have an elliptical and neither of us has ever flown off of it!

  2. Sallyann says:

    I love the elliptical! I would pick that over any bike or treadmill. Sometimes I even do the elliptical backwards (not me standing backwards – that would surely be a disaster – but I pedal backwards). I intersperse my training with 2 minutes pedaling backward.

    So if I were to be catapulted off I guess I would land on the Quad machine backwards. Sounds dangerous but it could be quite an adventure.

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