After nine months, most of us are experiencing serious Zoom fatigue. But today, I want to talk about a *ZOOM* that helps keep me active, helps me destress, and has given me a chance to see and experience San Diego county. Cycling has been an essential part of my post undergraduate experience. I was looking for ways to stay active that didn’t involve staring at a wall for an hour (indoor rowing machines become torture machines with enough practice). After rowing for four years, I did the sensible thing and decided to transition to a fun sport.
I bike to campus almost every day. I’ve lived between one and three miles from PFBH, so the commute has always been a great way to be active early in the morning and get the blood flowing. Especially now, car traffic is very low, so I’ve always felt pretty safe biking on campus. Whether you’ve biked for a long time or are looking to learn, this is a great way to incorporate a bit of exercise to your day without disrupting your schedule significantly.
When I don’t bike to campus, I like to explore San Diego county! Almost all roads have a bike lane or are “share the road” lanes. I’ve only done a small fraction of the myriad of routes available to people around San Diego, but I’ll give you my thoughts on some of the ones I like.
1. The Coast: Depending on where you start, this can be a more challenging ride. If you start from UCSD, you’ll have to brave the descent and climb of Torrey Pines. It’s about a 1.5-mile climb that should not be taken lightly if you aren’t used to biking uphill (If you are “cheating” and using an electric bike, then it’s probably fun to pass people). If you don’t want to deal with the Torrey Pines and Del Mar climbs, try parking closer to Solana beach or Encinitas. It’s fairly flat North of Solana beach. There are red lights spaced throughout, but it’s a comfortable fun ride with plenty of beautiful views and lots of nomz along the towns. I haven’t tried places because of COVID, but I look forward to doing so!