I went for a ride yesterday with my wife, my best cycling buddy Mike, and our friend Brad. It was ugly and cold but the dirt roads were fairly reasonable.
With the mood about our house trending toward the more comfortable yet excruciatingly boring slogs on the trainers, sometimes it helps to have a little help as far as getting out the door. Yesterday wasn’t as ugly as it’s been lately but we all knew any outdoor cycling wasn’t going to be a walk in the park either. This is when friends come in handy. I helped get my wife out the door, my buddy Mike and I helped each other get up the gumption to go outside and our friend Brad was riding either way, he just chose to head out with us.
It wasn’t an epic ride, it wasn’t even all the remarkable as rides go but it was absolutely special, and this points to the awesomeness that is cycling with friends.
By myself I am susceptible to whims, or more correctly stated, to talking myself into taking it easy when I really shouldn’t. For those who know me or have been reading my ramblings for a while that last statement might strain credulity but it’s the honest to God truth. While I may suffer few “f*** it” episodes, I most certainly am not immune and when I do hit one, it’s big. That’s when I need my friends.
So, while most people are struggling through the first days of their weight loss resolutions, may I humbly suggest keeping it simple rather than coming up with a half-dozen resolutions that you’re going to drop within the next two weeks: Keep it simple and find yourself a few friends to ride with. Hit some club rides, talk to the folks at your local bike shop and check out a local club or two.
Cycling with friends is about more than just keeping me honest too. Friends provide motivation, camaraderie, and a lot of laughs that I would have otherwise missed out on had I kept to my lonesome.
Just so you know what to expect, some groups are a little tough to get into. It took me more than a year of showing up at the local club ride every Tuesday night before I was invited to ride with the guys I do now. Your success may not be overnight but stick with it and you’ll find yourself in the middle of a lifestyle rather than another busted resolution. In case you didn’t catch it looking at all of those photos, cyclists aren’t a glum lot.