A Natural Cyclist
Today the 30 Days of Biking challenge officially ended for me, two days later than the sanctioned event because of a family commitment early in April. Is there a sense of relief about not having to cycle every day? Not in the least. Indeed, I intend to continue cycling daily throughout May.
Instead of being burdensome, the 30 Days challenge has been a godsend. Admittedly there were a couple of difficult days when I battled illness, but otherwise the challenge jump-started my cycling season. By compelling participants to ride daily, the challenge nudges you into a paradigm shift. By the end of the month you no longer think like a driver, but like a cyclist.
It’s so effortless to be a driver. You simply hop into a car and drive wherever you want. Crave an ice cream cone? Want to go shopping? Just turn the key in the ignition and the car will take you there. It takes so little thought that sometimes you can’t remember how you got to your destination.
Being a cyclist, though, takes mindful intent as well as physical action. What’s the safest way to travel to my destination? Is that car going to turn out in front of me? How hard should I pedal going up this hill? Is that sweet scent from the lilacs I just passed? Every ride requires an alertness and engagement with the world that’s rarely present during driving.
After 30 days filled with work commutes and errands on the bike, riding has become second nature. And I (with apologies to Aretha) feel like a natural cyclist.
30 Days of Biking, week 4:
4/24: Rode around the block; not feeling well
4/25: Rode up & down block; still not feeling well
4/26: Neighborhood ride
4/27: Work commute
4/28: Work commute
4/29: Work commute
4/30: Farmers market; Capps Bike Safety Rodeo
5/1: Recycling bins and grocery store
5/2: Neighborhood ride
Entry filed under: Bicycling.