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“Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.” — Thomas Jefferson
Tom, I don’t kegel or dance the quadrille, but my brand new NordicTrack indoor bike arrived yesterday, and I’m all in on exercising in the afternoons, just as your bewigged eminence recommended.
You were a gadget lover yourself (your decoder machine is totally dope), so I know you would appreciate my indoor exercise bike, a marvel of electronic and mechanical ingenuity. In the comfort of my living room, I can pedal through Paris or the wilds of Peru, virtually of course, as I watch the scenery go by on a 22-inch high definition screen. (You’re probably having trouble following this, aren’t you, Tom?)
When there’s a hill on the course, my bike’s resistance will increase and my bike will elevate; when the terrain goes down, my bike will decline and resistance will decrease. (I think I’ll stay away from San Francisco.)
I’m an insomniac, so the bike is ideal for me. In fact, last night at 2 a.m. I took a ride along the shore of Lake Como, Italy. Nice scenery.
It has built-in Google maps (I’ve lost you again, haven’t I, Tom?), so I can plot a course anywhere in the world. I plan to cycle around the town I grew up in, Compton, CA (yes, Tom, the U.S. has now spread coast to coast), through my college town of Eugene, OR, and around my new home town of Portland.
If I wish, I can join one of the “spinning” classes occurs in real time. That is, the instructor is live on my screen and can actually recognize me as I cycle. When he wants me to push it, he can control the resistance and incline of my bike, even though he might be in Erie, PA, and I in Portland. (I can also override him.)
I think I’ll ride in the countryside and leave off the spinning classes for awhile.
Tom, have you eve heard of anything as cool? I know, I know, you wrote the Declaration of Independence, and that’s kinda cool, I suppose.
Below is a shot of the screen. Those are the rider’s “virtual” handlebars just visible at the bottom of the screen. The big handlebars are the rider’s actual handlebars. The guy in front of the rider is the trainer, who is leading the rider through Utah’s Monument Valley. (I’m sorry, Tom, I know you’re totally confused by now, but that’s what you get for allowing yourself to serve as my foil.)
To leave this post on a high tone, let me end with a Jefferson quote that suggests he might have sympathized with most of us here on Ricochet.
“I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”