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Riding over running

Posted July 24, 2013 in Altoona, Community Featured
Dale Anderson gave up running and took up cycling more than 20 years ago because of bad knees. Biking has now become a passion of his.

Dale Anderson gave up running and took up cycling more than 20 years ago because of bad knees. Biking has now become a passion of his.

Bad knees compelled Dale Anderson to switch from running to biking 24 years ago.

If it weren’t for his aching joints, he probably wouldn’t have discovered his passion for riding.

“I think I enjoy biking overall more than I did running,” Anderson says.

He’s currently riding a Specialized Roubaix Expert road bike, which he has had for four years. It’s the fifth bike he’s owned since picking up cycling.

Anderson first began biking leisurely, three or four times a week, to get some exercise. He’s upped the intensity the last 15 to 18 years and now rides five to six nights a week, logging 4,000 to 5,000 miles annually.

“I come home looking forward to riding my bike,” he says. “When it’s raining, windy or cold, I get upset because I can’t ride.”

The upside of pedaling a bike versus running: It’s a little more laid back and more scenic.

“The downside,” he says, “is I could go run for an hour and get a good workout. I have to bike two to three hours to get that same calorie burn.”

Anderson tries to ride with his bike club, the Altoona Road Riders, once a week. The rest of the days, he rides alone. During the wintertime, he’ll take his bike out — if the conditions are to his liking.

“I’ll ride year-round if the roads are permitting, and it’s at least 25 to 30 degrees and no wind,” he says.

In addition to his regular biking routine, Anderson participates in a number of riding events. They include the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, which he’s done for about 10 years and the Tour of the Mississippi River Valley. Anderson has also traveled out-of-state to ride, including a trip through the mountains in Colorado.

“It’s a passion for me, and I like to ride as often as I can and try to get as many miles as I can,” he says. “That’s always easy when you ride with a good group of people.”

It’s a hobby he has intentions of keeping up with for a long time.

“I hope to ride until I can’t do it,” Anderson says. “I enjoy it. It’s my peaceful time with me.”

Contact Darren at 953-4822 ext. 304 or Darren@dmcityview.com to recommend someone for an upcoming issue of “What’s In Your Garage?”





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