|Bersepeda menyambut hari batik nasional // Bike ride celebrating National Batik day|
Invitations had been distributed via email. My birthday party that year will be held at Pantai Mutiara Restaurant, Pangempang. But it was not just ordinary birthday party, because the requirement to participate in this event was just by taking bike ride to the Restaurant from main field office. Nobody was allowed to brought a car, but some of them were still brought the car at the late afternoon. The distance is 13km one way, or about 45 minutes/1 hour ride for regular, and about 30 minutes for our field office's biker's club. At 05:00p.m. the first group went first then followed by biker's group 30 minutes later. We successfully get passed the first group at the first 5km, thed decided to ride in bigger group. I bid permission to ride ahead to coordinate with the restaurant owner. I reached the restaurant in 30 minutes and ensure all meals and drinks were perfectly served
|Acara ulang tahun saya ala pesepeda // My birthday bash party ala biker style|
The party went well. It was late when the party is finished. For safety, bikers equipped with front light assisting the others. After a long dark bike trip, we managed to return to camp at 09:00 p.m. It was one of my story during bike at work. In my opinion, compared with static cycle, cycling outdoor has many advantages
|Acara perpisahan anggota klub sepeda // Farewell party of one club member|
1. Reducing stressSome literature emphasized that cycling outdoor triggers endorfin hormone release which contribute to happiness and comfort sense, in contrary reducing serotonin hormone, the one contribute to stress/depression. Because of that, cycling has additional benefit, which is recreation.
2. Increasing lower body strength and staminaBike ride beside of regarded as cardiac exercise, is also benefit as low impact aerobic exercise that trains leg ligaments and the flexibility of spinal bone.
|Selain untuk olahraga, bersepada juga bersifat rekreasi dan meningkatkan silaturahmi // Despite of the advantage as sport, cycling also has recreation effect and develop good interpersonal relationship|
3. Socialize with localsStay in 24 hours secured camp with full facilities, is not a reason to spend all time inside the perimeter. I like to stop by at locals food stall, tasting local food, visiting night market, local fruit stalls, or just buying the personal stuff or stationary from local shop.
4. Enjoy the native ecosystemThe ecosystem around my company camp is still pristine and unique, even the people begin to utilize lands for farmings and housings. The horde of white herons sighted on the sky every afternoon. The domestic birds that are often sighted is bulbuls, which is different from my hometown in Java, where the domestic birds are house sparrows. The price of bulbuls in Jakarta is relatively high in bird market, but here, bulbuls can be seen everywhere in the morning. If the weather and time is right, the proboscis monkeys can be sighted eating the leaves near the mangrove area. A mature monitor lizard are often sighted crossing the road.
|Bangau kuntul Muara Badak // Wild herons at Muara Badak|
|Kebersamaan adalah tujuan utama, kesehatan dan kebugaran adalah bonus // Togetherness is the main purpose, health and fitness are the bonuses|
5. Sinar matahari
5. SunlightFor the worker that mainly in the office, enjoying sunlight can be done during field break. The warm sunlight in the morning and afternoon brings nutritions vit.D and relaxation. The beauty of afternoon sunset is also refreshing the mind from one day working.
We can conclude that all benefits behind bike at work program will make us fit physically and mentally, which in turns it will increase creativity and productivity at work. But beware that behind these benefits, lies risk of traffic accident and crimes. Those risk can be minimized with proper protective bike wear (helmet, light colored jersey, safety glasses, shoes, etc). Don't forget buddy system to prevent crimes, where never bike outside alone
|Test ride Polygon Xtrada IV|