Time To Start Getting Into Shape

Time To Start Getting Into Shape
Posted on: July 28th, 2023

Yesterday, I was talking about how fat I am and mentioned that I enjoy walking and jogging. However, lately, I’ve been contemplating taking up biking since there are plenty of bike paths in my area. It would be a great alternative to using my car, especially when the weather is nice. Well, after posting about it, I decided to go for it. I managed to find a good deal on a Mongoose bike and took the leap.

I actually own a very nice Trek Mamba bike, but it is made for some serious off-roading. It is not fun to ride around on the pavement. That's why I opted for the Walmart special.

First day of biking

I was really excited to take my first ride. When I got the bike home, I unloaded it and set off without making any adjustments. Surprisingly, it was already set up quite close to my preferences. I did lower the seat a bit, and the ride was very comfortable, except for one issue – my ass was sore. It’s a common discomfort that both beginners and those who haven’t ridden in a while experience. The ligaments in your buttocks need time to adapt to the new sitting position on a bike seat. So, I’ve decided to ride every day for the next week or so, hoping that my rear end will get used to this new activity.

As I mentioned yesterday, most of the trails branching out from my complex are still under construction and lead to dead ends after a few miles in each direction. This wasn’t a problem when I was walking since I still had plenty of areas to get a good workout. However, now that I’m moving a bit faster, I’m eager for longer rides. Today, I plan to search for other established trails. Luckily, there are ample bike paths along a major highway near my apartment complex that will lead me to some interesting areas in town.

Here is my pamphlet version for anyone wanting to come to NWA to ride. This place is a mountain biker's destination.

The Northwest Arkansas Razorback Regional Greenway

The Northwest Arkansas Razorback Regional Greenway, or Razorback Trail to the locals, is an incredible biking trail that spans a remarkable 40 miles through the picturesque region of Northwest Arkansas (NWA). It serves as a vital connection, linking up with nearly every town and community in the area, making it a beloved gem for both residents and visitors alike.

What makes the Razorback Greenway truly special is its accessibility. It conveniently passes within a mile of my residence, allowing me easy access to this expansive trail system. As my cycling stamina continues to improve, I am eager to explore and utilize the trail more frequently.

The Greenway is more than just a simple path; it’s a gateway to a multitude of destinations within NWA. With its extensive network of trails, it presents the opportunity to embark on exciting biking adventures that lead to vibrant downtown areas, charming neighborhoods, and bustling cultural hotspots. Whether you’re seeking to experience the vibrant atmosphere of Fayetteville, the historical charm of Bentonville, or the scenic beauty of Rogers, the Razorback Greenway offers a direct route to these captivating destinations.

The trail itself is meticulously designed, providing a smooth and enjoyable riding experience. Lined with lush greenery, it offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, allowing cyclists to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the region. As you pedal along, you’ll pass through idyllic parks, serene woodlands, and picturesque open spaces, creating a sense of harmony between nature and cycling.

More than just a trail

The Razorback Greenway is more than just a recreational trail. It serves as a vital transportation corridor, offering an eco-friendly alternative for commuting and running errands. The trail’s proximity to major towns and residential areas makes it a practical and sustainable option for those looking to incorporate biking into their daily routines. By utilizing the Greenway, individuals can not only improve their physical fitness but also reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to a greener, more environmentally conscious community.

The impact of the Razorback Greenway extends beyond biking enthusiasts. It has become a catalyst for community engagement, fostering a sense of unity among NWA’s residents. The trail has become a hub for social interaction, where individuals from all walks of life come together to enjoy outdoor activities, connect with nature, and celebrate the beauty of the region. It’s a place where friendships are forged, families create lasting memories, and a vibrant community thrives.

The Northwest Arkansas Razorback Regional Greenway is an invaluable asset to the region. With its extensive reach, seamless connectivity, and diverse range of experiences, it offers an unparalleled biking adventure.

Makes you want to come ride, doesn't it? You know it does.


Some of my fondest childhood memories involve my mountain bike. I grew up in a predominantly flat area, so off-roading mainly consisted of riding through farm roads and gravel paths, but I still had a blast. I vividly remember a day when I rode all seven miles of the roads in my tiny hometown without touching the handlebars. Yesterday, I attempted to ride without my hands for a few seconds but quickly realized how out of practice I was.

My friends and I would often venture out for up to 20 miles away without our parents knowing to explore other towns and fishing holes. I miss the days when I could ride my bike for an entire day without getting sore. I doubt I will get back to that point, but I will sure have fun trying.

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