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50 Miles and All I have to Show for it is a Banana Peel and a Smile….

It’s still a bit too chilly to ride without full fingered gloves so I haven’t been bothering with photos on my rides.  Well, that and I haven’t spent much time at the back of the group either, and it’d be idiotic (and selfish) to try fishing my phone out of my pocket in any other position than clean-up.

Today’s ride was perfect.  Perfectly sunny, perfectly cloudless, perfectly breezy and finally perfectly warm.  Well, for April.  It was beautiful and we had a decent group for it, about eight of us I think.

My bike is operating like it’s still just off the showroom floor.  Better, I’m operating like I’m a fair bit younger than my 47 years would suggest.  My winter time on the trainer horsing big gears was perfectly fruitful so I’m able to spend a ton of time up front and filling in gaps later in rides when guys are running low on gas.

Something struck my funny bone while out on our ride today…  I looked down at my computer, just randomly, and saw we had 27 miles in.  I was bummed we only had 23 to go.

God, I love cycling season after a long, boring winter.

And we get to do it all over again tomorrow.  Perfect.

This photo, from last spring, will do…


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The Third Commandment for the Cycling Enthusiast:  Thou Shalt Remember Why We Ride in the First Place!

Thou Shalt Remember Why We Ride in the First Place

Many of us rode bicycles as children.  The bicycle is often a kid’s first taste of freedom.  While a bicycle can be used to get from point A to point B quickly and inexpensively, the cycling enthusiast uses their bicycle to get from point A back to point A in as many miles as time allows.

As I age and grow in cycling I’ve come to embrace the idea that seeing the world as I did when I was a child makes life as an adult enjoyable.  As I’ve surrounded myself with fit, active friends I’ve come to realize that fit, active people are happy people.

While I ride to get from point A to point B, or simply point A back to point A, I ride because it puts a smile on my face and a spring in my step.  I ride because it helps me to feel like a kid again, when the most important thing in the world was having some fun with my friends… if only for an hour or a few.