While you are reading this, picture me, cruising along beside my husband on our bikes, wind at our backs, smiles on our faces, legs pumping, sweat dripping. I am traveling away from home, and for the the first time ever, my bike came with me.
In the past, exercise may or may not have found a place in my travels. It depended on a variety of factors: where I was going and what I was doing and who I was with and how much extra space was in my suitcase for workout shoes and clothes. Some vacations were very active by intent. Like my bi-annual spa trips. Some vacations are filled with exercise by default. Like our visit to the Grand Canyon where we hiked a little and walked a lot. Or my girlfriend weekend in Baltimore where we made our way around the city on foot. Sometimes while traveling I do my best to get in any workout at all, often to offset my eating. Like our trip to Florida last spring when hubby and I walked on the beach every morning before breakfast. But some traveling just does not lend itself to squeezing in a workout. This is usually the case when we visit relatives, as we are this weekend.
But my husband had a great idea. We are in Minneapolis, a city lined with bike paths. Why not go up a day early, bring our bikes, stay near path access, and get some rides in? Why not indeed:) So while our boys are contentedly sleeping late in the hotel, hubby and I are exploring the city on our bikes, enjoying a change of scenery with our workout. And cooler weather.
What about you? Do vacations and exercise go hand in hand (or foot in foot)? Or does traveling mean a workout hiatus?