Anyway, I don't think I'm going to plan on doing any more walking. Don't worry -- I'm not giving up on exercise -- I'm hanging up walking in favor of cycling!
Last week, I pulled my bicycle out of the shed and did the basic maintenance that I'm qualified to do on it -- inflated one tire, replaced the inner tube and inflated the other. I was surprised that it was in as good shape as it was, for having been unused for about seven years. Saturday morning, I got up and took it for a little ride and determined that there was enough other maintenance required that I needed to take it into the shop -- my rear brake kept wanting to clamp on the rear tire, the front brake was squeaky, and I couldn't shift into about a third of the gears because the derailleur was misaligned. The 10-minute ride I took Saturday was terrible -- especially since the rear brake was dragging. So I just immediately took the bike over to the shop and dropped it off for what they call a "ride prep" -- it would address all my complaints and include a general check-up of my entire bike.
My bike was ready to pick up this afternoon, so I stopped by the shop after church to pick it up. There was enough light left in the day, so I went ahead and took the bike out for a test ride. Oh. My. Goodness. It rode so much better than it did Saturday morning.
Today's ride was 33 minutes and 14 seconds, for 5.94 miles. It was a good ride -- I didn't exert myself too much, but I got a good workout. I worked through almost all the gears. Overall, it felt great. I probably could have done another half hour, but I was beginning to loose the light, so I decided to pack it in for the day.
My plans are to start biking before work instead of walking. After doing that for a while, once I get in better shape, I'll start riding in to work. Maybe in about a month, I'll be ready to do that.