It helps to watch the Science Channel with episodes of "How It's Made" or Comedy Central's "Key and Peele" who I think are talented and hilarious comedians.
It works for this initial push in the cold weather, but I've been mapping out some alternatives when the weather turns a little better in March or so.
I'm definitely going to get a good road bike as recommended by Wayne Webster and Christos Laganos. Wayne stresses getting a frame that fits properly and Chris points out that I should be ready to drop $2k or more.
I agree with both of them. Want to find a good bike shop to buy from and I want the bike to be high enough quality to guarantee the best experience and performance possible.
I've mapped out some routes on the mapmyride.com site up through Cape Ann from my house, and the good parts of this plan is that they would take me past Mike and Pam's house in Beverly Farms... just in case I needed a pick up.
More than once in the middle of a ride in the past, my bike has broken down, and you have to be prepared for this contingency.
The other activity that I have been actively planning is rowing in Marblehead Harbor using the Herreshoff Columbia Tender. The distance from the put in at the end of the Harbor on Riverhead Beach to the mouth of the Harbor is 1 1/2 miles.... a three mile out and back. Add another half mile out to Children's Island, where I would drop a few lobster traps close into the rocks, and you have a row of about four miles. Rowing at a speed of four knots would be a good workout and would take about an hour and a half. Plus, stopping for a couple of minutes to tend the traps and maybe harvest some tasty crustaceans would be a great addition to an aerobic workout.
And it wouldn't be any bother to troll a line and maybe hook some mackeral, bunker or maybe a stripper once in a while for dinner fare and lobster bait.
Lastly, I want to get back into running and hiking.... but only after I have built a strong base of fitness from the lower impact exercises of cycling and rowing.
Peeps.... This isn't recreation....it is a commitment to my business partners, customers, family, employees, friends and even you.... to attack the last third of my life in a manner to remain as productive and contributive as possible.
And I am convinced that exercise is the only way. I urge you to buy and read "Younger Next Year" by Crowley and Lodge for your own health and well being.