I never knew this blog about cycling would happen for me. For many years I often found myself drowning in wishful thinking that a passion would fall in my lap and I would write about it. Over time through my passion for cycling, this blog was developed. What’s even more interesting on this path I’ve discovered something can be learnt from cycling. I found out that cycling not only builds up health and fitness attributes, but things that may go unseen by others. Let me entertain you on how cycling helped me persevere, believe in people, and give me courage.
Many rides ago, while riding my bike I wanted to give up on this cycling thing. It got to the point where it just wasn’t fun anymore. I started to get depressed about it because I wanted to be this great cyclist from the start. I was interested in joining clubs and trying out for amateur single speed racing. Just riding for my own fun and enjoyment became a challenge.
There were times where I would have multiple flats in one ride and use up all my patch gear. Some rides were so challenging due to steep inclines that I didn’t want to tackle them with a single speed road bike. Also, not having comfortable cycling gear from the start, literally kicked my butt. But through this experience, it helped me in life to stick to my purpose at hand despite the difficulty.
Now we all fall short sometimes, and some challenges are not as easy to face. So while you’re out riding one day it may help to let your mind work through the challenges. Cycling can be mental as it is physical in order to complete your purpose. You have to be mentally prepared to undergo a challenge before accomplishing that goal. I have to admit that before I seriously started cycling, I was not mentally prepared how fellow cyclist would treat one another.
It’s almost like a “cyclist code of ethics” that one lives by when they see another cyclist. Maybe a head nod gesturing, what’s up! Sometimes a verbal, “how you doing?”, or throwing up the deuces to show respect. I have to say, I have been amazed by the love shown while being an avid rider. Just when I almost gave up hope in people being kind toward others, it hit me when I was in a time of need. Standing on the side of the road with my bike in a mess, I was approached by a cyclist who stopped and attempted to help me get my bike on the road. You see, it’s like another community when it comes to cycling. I love it!
One of the surprising things that I have stumbled upon in this cycling journey is the courage it gives me to take on new challenges. Sure it’s empowering to push yourself to go long distance in a matter of hours, for instance, making your first century. But I’ve been more encouraged to trying other things related to road cycling, like mountain biking, road bike racing, and cycle tourism. I don’t know what will be next on my agenda but it will be an awesome adventure.
I highly encourage all who are willing and able, to learn to cycle. Take up the culture of riding even if it’s just to the store and back. What would this world be like if all our transportation needs were met by riding a bike? It would be a cycling/biking Utopia. Some parts of the world have already become accustomed to that and I’m excited to learn more about those places. Start riding today and join me!
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