Hey there. I hope your Monday is off to a great start. Guess what I woke up to this morning? SNOW! I looked out the window and my stomach dropped. I was hoping we were past the cold and snow. It’s almost amusing that a few days ago, I confidently carried the bike trainer down to the basement, thinking I wouldn’t need it again. Only to be bring it back up today. I was hoping for an enjoyable shake out ride after my long run yesterday, but instead I was inside….on the trainer.
This past week, I received a surprise package in the mail. My friend, Lacie, sent me this beautiful mug.
I was sitting and admiring it for a few minutes before I turned it around. And that’s when I saw this…
I can’t really describe the feeling I got when I saw the bike, but I immediately felt like she understood. Between the quote on the front and the bike on the back, Lacie got what I am trying to achieve here.
Cycling is really outside of my comfort zone. It has gotten much easier, but it still scares me. And that is part of the reason I do it. Eight years ago, I made the decision to live my life with no regrets. I want to say I tried everything that scared me and did it to the best of my ability. I want to live every moment for those I love, that didn’t get to live them. Cycling is that scary thing I’m tackling right now.
I haven’t been blogging about it much, only because I am just now getting off the trainer and outside. When I am outside, it still frightens me. I feel like I am constantly watching for potholes and animals to run in my way. The runners on the path, who can’t decide which side they want to run on and go back and forth as I am coming up behind them. Don’t they know I don’t know how to slow down or unclip yet?
However, for every moment that scares the crap out of me, there is also moments of elation. I am starting to find myself going faster, sometimes with a big grin on my face. I am starting to go further, without my butt hurting anymore. But more importantly, I am enjoying myself.
I know this is just the beginning, but it hasn’t taken long for me to see how amazing cycling can be. Riding makes me feel free. It is exhilarating and exciting. I look forward to getting better, so I can join group rides. I’m excited to see where this takes me.
I heard this song recently called, I Lived by One Republic. Have you heard it? It’s pretty inspirational and it’s exactly the way I try to look at life. I watched the video today and it shares the story of a teenage boy named, Bryan Wendecke. His story is incredible! If you have a second, I hope you watch it! I think it will inspire you as much as it did me.