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And Finally, Some Decent Miles to Go with Summertime (and How Sobriety Factors into the Fun)

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On one hand, this summer, if you could call it that until two weeks ago, should have been a YUGE letdown. My miles are down, my weight is slightly up, and the weather has just plain sucked. I haven’t even topped 4,000 miles for the year yet, and I’m liking food way more than I should.

On the other hand, I’m on the job of my career and I’m freaking digging it and the pay has been quite nice.

I don’t know what the rest of this year will hold, but beyond the sacrifices, I’m having fun and I’m happy. And that’s what really matters.

Then, out of nowhere, the best cycling weekend yet this year. It was supposed to rain every day, but the worst we got was a popcorn storm for ten minutes, and never while we were on the bikes.  I could have put in so many more miles, though… 75 on Thursday, 40 Friday, another 56 for Saturday, and we’ve got a 100k on tap for today.  If memory serves, I’d have sprinkled in an 80-100 miler in there and at least one of the 40 or 56 mile rides would have been a 100k.  I’m not that guy this year, though.  For the longest time, I feared I would like cycling less if I let off the gas, if I didn’t try to cram absolutely every last mile in.  I was so wrong; I like it more.

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Because I’m not always trying to push max miles out of every ride, my enjoyment of the sport increased and I enjoy each mile much more.  In the end, there’s still no place I’d rather be than on my bike, and the search still continues for the sucker who’ll pay me to ride it.  I’ll let you know when my luck changes.

In the meantime, it’s just another day in paradise on two wheels.

There once was a time when all I could do was think about how I could escape being miserable.  Every day I’d try to figure out how to game the system so I could have just one more day drunk before the house of cards crumbled under the weight of my poor choices.  Today, 26 years without a drink or a drug, and I’m working on making content and happy, happier.  Talk about a difference that’ll put a smile on your face!

My friends, once I embraced that the hardest thing I would ever do in my life occurred 26 years ago, in quitting drinking (and eventually, smoking), once I realized I’d already been through hell and as long as I keep on the right path, I don’t ever have to go back, life became less about survival and more about enjoyment.

Just for today.  Keep quit, no matter what.  Even if your ass falls off… and in the event it does, put it in a paper bag and take it to a meeting.  They’ll show you how they put theirs back on.  There’s only misery at the bottom of that bottle.  It won’t get better this time.  There’s no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  Shit, there’s no rainbow.  Because there’s no sunshine.  Just keep quitting.


13 Comments

  1. Needed this, on both levels of fitness AND sobriety!!! I keep up my fitness due to the joy it brings me. And one day at a time, I will keep quit. Quite frankly, I just don’t trust that I have another recovery in me if I relapse again. And that’s a healthy fear. Happy Sunday ☀️

  2. Sounds like your fitness is good, even if it’s not been a stellar season to ride. That’s a lot of miles on consecutive days. My day is always good if the wheels spin underneath me, even if they only spin a little.

  3. capejohn says:

    The hardest things we do are often the most important and satisfying.

  4. JEOcean says:

    Every time I read you, I like you even more. This hit home with me as one who found a better more interesting life after quitting as well. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Anthony says:

    I have a question about bike tires. Please see the previous blog (paranoid is in the title) to see what I mean….please…if you have time.

  6. Eliza says:

    Great reminder for today. Thanks!!
    Love, light and glitter

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