Finally here for an extended period of time which allows me to start rounding into shape, cycling shape to be precise. Now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. When I say “rounding into shape,” I’m not talking about anything remotely incredible. I’m no pro. I’m no advanced amateur. I’m just a guy who likes to ride and likes the benefit of being healthy. And as many of you know, I haven’t been fully healthy in six years.
My strategy is go and go early. I’m typically on my bike a half-hour before sunrise. This time of day is the key. Limited traffic, lots of animal activity, cooler temps and incredible light, when it finally creeps over the top of the Sangres. I’m typically back and sipping my bulletproof coffee long before the neighbors begin to emerge. The first four hours of the day are sacred to me.
I also get out in the worst time, in the worst light, in the worst weather and the worst wind. Often with the wifey who is allergic to anything pre-7AM. I like riding in sub-optimal conditions because it teaches you how good you really are. Can you adapt? Do you have the right rain gear? How much more fuel do you need to overcome a thirty-knot headwind? Would riding naked save enough weight to really make a difference? I don’t know for sure, you should try it.
I’m going to post a lot more about cycling here but I’m doing this because I’m really interested in the INDUSTRY of cycling and also in the ACTIVISM of cycling. I’m so damn intrigued by why Americans can’t get it together when it comes to incorporating the bike as a legitimate means of transport. I can see this idea becoming much more a part of my life in the coming years. If you have feelings about this let me know, and I don’t care what your stance is.
I’m friends with people who have literally told me all of the traffic problems in the US are due to cyclists(no joke). I’m friends with people who HATE cyclists who if they have to drive around one will curse and be irate about having to slow down considering they have to do this with cars NONSTOP and they are totally fine with it. I’ve heard “Cyclists are entitled.” I’ve been yelled at in parking lots by old, white men who scream “You have no right to ride that on the road.” So, my point is let me know. The only way this scenario improves and becomes reality is if we are honest about our feelings.
Okay, this has turned into the sucking chest wound of posts. Just when you think it’s dead it takes one more breath. Also, you might notice that a lot of these rides are the exact same distance. That is because my morning loop is the exact same ride three or four days a week. The others are one-offs. Today’s was a good gravel loop but only the tip of the iceberg. This ride, when I finally pull it off is going to be epic. Stay tuned.