I’ve written a lot about my bike, probably a little too much but what’s a cycling blogger to do when he’s been upgrading his so much?
The simple truth is that I’m treating cycling as my reaction to the idea that a guy needs a midlife crisis and if so, cycling is the perfect, healthy option. I get the whole “sports car” side of it with my bikes for a tenth the investment up front, a twentieth the cost of fuel and a thousandth the cost of maintenance. If that wasn’t sexy enough (it is), I get to stay fit in the process. However, while the bike stuff is fun and cool, cycling is more than just a bike.
I put in 43 miles with my wife between Friday and Saturday. We spent most of the time side by side on country roads talking, laughing and enjoying the sunshine and countryside.
Last night I called my friend Mike and we set up a ride for 30 miles this morning. It was slightly below freezing this morning, frost covered everything, when the sun peaked up over the trees. I was decked out in my cold weather gear and out the door at 8:00. We rode due west for something like 15 miles talking and enjoying the morning. Granted, it was cold but with the sun on the rise the cold was bearable. We headed south for a ways then turned back east. Then north for a stretch that I’ve never ridden… We climbed a couple of decent hills before hitting a four mile stretch of rollers that was a nice net downhill… We averaged around 24 mph down that stretch (never dropped below 21after that initial climb, even on the uphill sections). After that fun stretch we calmed back down simply enjoying the ride home. With about five to go we noticed another friend of ours tending to his farm equipment so we stopped to say hi. Ten minutes later and we were on our way again, fourteen more and I was thanking Mike for an excellent 40 mile ride. He thanked me for calling him up and pressing him into riding together.
I pulled into my driveway worked and on top of my world.
This weekend, spending time with my wife and friends, cranking out the miles enjoying the sunshine, freedom, fresh air and fitness… That’s what cycling is all about.
Call the spectacularly beautiful midlife crisis machine icing on the cake.
UPDATE: Andy, the OmniRunner, wondered (in the comments) how I could possibly call my enthrallment with cycling a ‘midlife crisis’ when I’m “having the time of (my) life”…
When you’re right, you’re right. I’m going to have to try to come up with a witty change because a “crisis” this is not.