The old ABCs — for checking Air, Brakes and Chain before each ride — may need an update.
What got me thinking of this modernization of the bicyclist’s creed was a Facebook post. What else?
Yesterday I posted an announcement for the January ride, a beautiful, off-road ride of medium range. An hour later I had an enthusiastic comment from a new friend,
After my 58 miler today, piece of cake!
This pushed my buttons a couple of ways. First, I gotta admit, was the envy, then guilt because on New Years Day I should’ve been out riding a big loop, too. Then rationalization took hold.
I qualify for membership in “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups”, a category developed by the EPA in its Air Quality Index and yesterday was a bad day for breathing. This typically occurs during winter months when the weather combines with atmospheric chemistry to put too much crap in the air. The AQMD declares a No Burn Day which clues me into staying close to home.
Would the benefits of the exercise outweigh the risks of vigorous breathing on a bad air day?
I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t for me.
It’s part of the new ABCs.