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Sunday, January 30, 2011

New Bike High

I think the reason I like biking is because it's all about moving forward, being aware of your surroundings, making your surroundings aware of you, earning your keep as you travel forward, in whatever direction you please. Looking forward, looking around, accepting that sometimes you will swallow a bug, get yelled at by impatient, lead-footed motorists, get sunburnt, exhaust your fuel supply, fall down, hurt yourself. But you always get better, always improve with each pedal forward. Going up a hill, you may curse nature for creating such an obstacle, but your sweat and hard work are rewarded tenfold on the way down, wind in hair, you feel like a demigod floating down to visit mere mortals.

And then, when the roads are flat, you're left to contemplate the issues of today, tomorrow, yesterday...and you feel a profound connection to the world around you, how related we all are. Next thing you know you've traveled twenty, thirty, forty miles, and you've really traveled, you've earned it, and you feel strong. Strong enough to face another day, another mile, another gigantic hill, shaking with the anticipation of gliding down, wind in hair, like a memory of something better than yourself.

Any time I start out on a long ride, the first few miles are filled with doubt and worry. What if I can't make it? What if I'm not strong enough? What if it's too hard? What if I fall? But once my blood gets going, I sweat out all my anxiety and just let go. I just ride. And I remember I can do anything, I am strong enough to overcome any hill, it's all inside and I just have to access it. It gives me the confidence I need to tackle other issues in my life.


  1. You should summit some ridiculous mountain, sometime. It's a really similar feeling, but on your feet. I think that's why I've taken to cycling so much, lately.
    When I was training for our hiking trip this Summer, I rode 5 days a week in the middle of the Summer and I think it was the best mental and physical preparation I could have done. It's been freezing and harder to ride lately, but Sky let me borrow her trainer and now I just bike in the middle of my living room. Not really the same, but I guess it will do.

    I'm getting a new bike, soon. I'm ready for new bike high.

  2. Yeah I would love to do more hiking and stuff like that. I'm not really supposed to because of my terrible feet, but I'm also not supposed to run and I do that anyway.

    I'm glad the weather is better here for year round biking because I HATE stationary biking. It takes away my favorite part of biking: being outside. And reduces it to just a physical exercise. Drives me insane.

  3. Exactly. I get so damn bored on the stationary bike, and sometimes I wonder if I'm even getting anything out of it because I'm watching tv the whole time.

    Get a good pair of hiking boots. They're expensive, but they'll save your feet if you really have an interest in it and want to take it up.