2 years ago I decided to take up cycling. What can I say, I am a bit of a late bloomer!
After spending a number of hours in the gym participating in spin classes, I bit the bullet & made the investment in a road bike. It was time to take my butt out on the road.
The similarities between riding a spin bike & riding a bike on the road, end in the gym.
There is no faking your tension on the road!
You can almost hear the hills mocking you as you approach them. Did I mention that hills are my nemesis? I am however, determined to conquer them, & have yet to get off of my bike when climbing one. Admittedly, at times it’s not pretty, my legs continuing to push & pull as I drop down to my granny gear,but I am a stubborn sod & so I figure as I long as I don’t start sliding backwards, I’ll get there eventually.
One bonus of being 50ish is that, the only person I am out to compete with, is myself:)
Having said that, there is nothing more satisfying than conquering those stinkin’ hills, when you thought that the odds of you reaching the peak where slim to none.
I have often been asked if I prefer riding with company or riding alone. I must confess, I enjoy both.
Riding with a friend or a group pushes you to get out first & foremost, to make some attempt at keeping up with the strongest rider, & to improve on skills where you might be lacking (in my case, hills).
Riding with someone else provides you with the opportunity to encourage one another and to just spend some time chatting together to catch up on life. The other benefit, of course, is that it lessons the likelihood of you taking a nasty spill & lying in a ditch until someone discovers you:0)
Alternatively, I also love to ride alone.
Just me & my shadow pedalling in perfect harmony dumping the stresses of the day & leaving them on the pavement behind you.
When riding alone, I find I tend to be much more aware of what surrounds me; the fresh smell of cedar in early spring, the lilac bushes bursting into bloom along a country road, the farmer out cultivating their field with a flurry of friends following behind the tractor in search of food.
Sometimes it is just good therapy to spend some time with yourself, connect with your thoughts & listen to the rhythm of your heartbeat.
When is the last time you took time to do that?
We live in a society where we are stimulated by white noise for a better part of our day. I highly recommend spending an hour, just you & your shadow, to decompress.
It doesn’t have to be on a bike, just a quiet place somewhere where you can clear your thoughts & do some reconnecting with your soul.
Hope you’re having a wonderful day:)