About two weeks ago my wife’s car broke (longish story - not relevant). I, because her day is more crowded, gave her my car while hers is out of commission.
I started walking to the bus stop about half-a-mile away (my brain is now doing Billy Joel songs) for my ride. After two or three days of doing this, I miss the last return bus to my neighborhood so I take a different bus to my local park-n-ride and walk the two miles from there to home.
That took too long so the next day I grab my bike, unused all this summer, and ride to the park-and-ride. I arrived puffing & tired but I arrived.
I’ve been doing this ride for the past week or so. (I should also mention that I’m a nearly 39-year old, overweight (~340 lb) man. The car was actually fixed yesterday but I rode today just because I think I need the activity.)
This morning I hop on and I upshift to the upper gear range and I’m going smoothly. I arrive this morning with no leg or knee pain and not too much huff-and-puff.
So - in less than two weeks, can this exercise be making this big a difference in my body? How long does it take for a body to start to adjust & compensate for increased activity level?
What changes is my body trying to make here?