Imagine you’re driving in Miami. You pull up to a stop light, look out your right window and see the world’s greatest basektball player, LeBron James. He’s probably driving some expensive sports car, right? Wrong. Instead, he’s riding his bike, as he likes to do now – to and from Miami Heat games and practices.
It started last season, prior to a nationally-televised game. LeBron James has grown accustomed to riding his bike around Miami so much that he now uses it to stay in game shape. Per the Sun-Sentinel:
“LeBron James at some point lost count. Actually, he never started keeping track. At some point this season, he occasionally began riding his bicycle to practice instead of driving. Then it turned into riding to morning shootarounds. And then games. Suddenly, James was spending more time on the bike than driving around in expensive cars. The added conditioning is why he seems to have no problem logging 42 minutes in the most routine of games. ‘I felt great,’ James said. ‘I didn’t get tired. I could have played again if we had to. Yeah, I’ve been biking a little more than usual. It’s fun. It’s also conditioning, it’s cardio.’”
James often makes the bike ride from his Coconut Grove home to his Miami Heat home games and practices. Each trek takes from about 30 to 45 minutes, depending if James is ‘pushing it.’ One Saturday he made the trip four times in one day, riding to shootaround and back in the morning. A few hours later, he rode back and forth for a game against the Washington Wizards. The last trip occurred about an hour after the Heat’s 30-point victory. ‘I got lights on my bike,’ James said. ‘I’m serious. This isn’t a joke. Of course, safety first.’ James risks the chance of being noticed during one of his many rides. His solution is simple: ‘People try to stop me but I’m in a zone.’