Tuesday, April 29, 2008
While I constantly work at eating the things that make my insides happy, I knew I needed to step it up physically to keep the whole body happy. So, I got out my mountain bike, dusted it off, had the tires pumped up and set out to get back in the saddle again. When I was in my teens I rode my bike a lot. It helped that I could not pass a road test to save my soul, but perhaps it did save my body, because I rode my bike instead. I would ride nine miles to get to the nearest beach, and six miles to see my bf who was a life guard at a pool and on and on I rode. Something magical happened to me when I was on the bike, I felt carefree. Yes, the wind blows in ones face while riding and one can see things one can't while riding in a car, but it was more than that...and I experienced it again when I rode my bike last weekend.
For three years I have wanted to ride my bike the four miles from one small town in my area to another down the road. The shoulders on the sides of the road are wide and the road is flat, so it is a great place to ride. I am not out to travel up hills and over rocky terrain, I just want to ride my bike and be safe while riding.
My son hoisted my bike into the back of our truck and he dropped me off at a convenience store parking lot where I would start my ride. The minute I sat on the bike seat I felt like I was fifteen again. Pedaling and observing the world around me transformed as well as refreshed me. In a half hour my four miles were ridden and my son picked me up again.
The next day I took off on my own from my driveway and added a couple miles to the trip, having to walk a portion of it due to the incline and my inability to ride comfortably as well as it being on a curvy section and I wanted to feel safer, so I walked it. It took 55 min. and I was elated once again. A chocolate lab ran up to me and licked my leg and when I got off the bike my legs felt wobbly, but those were the only happenings that stood out in my mind...otherwise I was fifteen again and carefree and alive with joy.