Since going vegan, I have noticed an amazing increase in my desire to exercise. Early on I learned that excess energy absorbed from animal proteins and fats were stored as fat in our bodies, whereas extra energy absorbed from plants is held in anticipation of it being worked off immediately; hence this unaccustomed need to get up and do energetic things. The latest manifestation on this is bicycling.
I was recently put to the challenge, when the family prevailed on me to cycle Molesworth Station. We cheated somewhat by driving and camping at the homestead camp ground. The first day’s 65km ride was to Acheron camping ground, and the final 25km to Hanmer completed the following morning. Not a big effort for the experienced biker, but for me a significant achievement after so many years of fairly static living.
The road had some stiff climbs, was severely corrugated and dusty, but I was encouraged not only by my children Sophie and Hamish, but also by wife Barbie who trundled along with the camper van and two grandchildren; nourishment and comfort were well provided for.
The most exhilarating thing is that at the end of the ride, I determined that I will do more of the same. What a wonderful discovery at 71!