Cycling is an Experiment in Happiness, Shrouded behind Fitness and Health, Under the Cover of Lycra Shorts and Cycling Jerseys (what little cover there may be).
I bought a bike to keep from getting fat when I was 41 after growing bored with running. I knew I had to do something so I figured I’d see if triathlon floated my boat…
I’ve been off of nicotine for some time now, and off of cigarettes for more than a decade, probably going on two but I didn’t pay attention to my quit date or even the year. The point is, quitting smoking made food taste good and I went from a guy who ate to live to a guy who loves to eat. This, and being sedentary, thin and fit, do not go hand-in-hand. Nor does smoking go with being fit, but let’s not get too lost in the woods, here.
A week-and-a-half into cycling and I was absolutely hooked. Before long, I realized that the run and swim were messing up a perfectly good bike ride (or eating into more time on the bike, however you want to look at it), so I hung up the trunks and the running shoes.
I rode solo most of the time for almost two years before finding a normal group to ride with. Once I started riding with friends, cycling evolved. It became less about a way to stay fit than a way to enjoy myself. The fact that I’m able to stay fit and relatively thin, in addition to being exceptionally healthy, is now just a bonus.
Cycling has entirely changed how I look at fitness. Fitness changed from a chore to a way of life.
While there’s no escaping the fact that Lycra shorts and cycling jerseys are a part of the deal, I’ve come to find a greater understanding about cycling as I’ve continued to grow in the sport. I had no idea what I was getting into, but buying a used Huffy for $20 at a garage sale turned out to be an experiment in happiness.
Before that, all I knew about cycling came from a cheap $150 big box bicycle and from riding as a kid. Now it’s about expensive toys, good friends, good food, and seeing the country from the saddle. I can’t wait to see where I visit next with my bicycle; if the next eight years are anywhere near as good as the first, it’s gonna be good.