My extended stay in Southern California comes to an end this week, as I return to New York late Thursday just in time to teach a Friday morning, film history class at Pratt. In terms of my own physical activity, it couldn’t come at a better time, as my Apple Watch is keen to remind me.
Ironically, I am significantly less active in the mild climes of Southern California than in the less hospitable December weather of New York.
Much of this is because I have been staying in the suburbs, and it’s been hard getting in any casual exercise, such as bike commuting or walking around the neighborhood. But it was unseasonably warm in New York this December… to the point where it was as warm on Christmas Eve as on Independence Day in 2015.
One way to mitigate my lack of daily physical activity is to plan and take some long-distance rides. This month, I rode two.