Yes, You May Bike!

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By Chris Mittelstaedt

It must be May because I find myself having that recurring elementary school dream again. It’s the one where I’m out on the blacktop in red shorts with white piping, socks pulled up to my knees for speed, waiting in a three-point crouch for the start of the shuttle run. I’m gazing across the wavy heat lines of late May rising up from the asphalt basketball court as the coach yells, “Go!” I lunge forward, well aware that this is the last event I need to qualify for the President’s Physical Fitness Badge. In agonizing slow-mo, I fall flat on my face—I have accidentally tied my shoes together in my haste to get ready (where are you, Velcro?!!). With the stopwatch ticking, I jump up and hop back and forth across the schoolyard, barely making it to physical fitness glory.

Maybe it’s the weather that’s activating my dreams or the flowers and trees that are starting to rise up and exercise their green. Or it could be the longer light that we somehow recall from our earliest memories that inspires us to move outside again. And while the shuttle run no longer holds any practical modern day application (in the early 80s it was most likely training for those who wanted to go into the narrowly focused “small block, short distance, transportation industry”), May is National Physical Fitness Month and the beginning of bike-to-work movements across the nation. In San Francisco, Bike-to-Work Day is this week on Thursday, May 12, and in Los Angeles, Bike Week is May 16–20. In New York and Philadelphia, the entire month of May is Bike Month, and Washington D.C.’s Bike-to-Work Day is May 20. And although the biking movement officially starts in May for Chicago, the Windy City hosts its Bike Commuter Challenge from June 11–17.

While we’re enjoying the spring weather, we’re also looking forward to the first stone fruit off the trees this year. Fruit buyer Rebecca was out visiting farmers this week and talking about cherries and apricots. First crops are hard to predict, so we aren’t exactly sure when they’ll come in, but we hope to have early stone fruit in the next few weeks. Hang in there—summer fruit is just around the corner! As always, check out “This Week’s Mix” to find out what’s in your mix and for more fruit information.

Enjoy & Be Fruitful!

 

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