Riding a bicycle is incomparable to any other feeling in the world. To quote my surfer friend when asked to describe the feeling of riding the waves on a surfboard, he simply blurted out, “Only a surfer knows the feeling.” I guess that indescribable feeling is parallel to how my surfer friend cannot comprehend in words that sublime ecstasy when riding your bicycle.
Riding a bike triggers an ecstatic feeling. It is recreated over and over again by cyclists, so that we can go back to that “happy” feeling. It is simple; just ride a well conditioned bicycle and that feeling of freedom is instantly turned on as you ride.
Feeling of the Ride
How can somebody describe the feeling of riding a bicycle to somebody who hasn’t ridden a bike before? How can we describe happiness and freedom to someone who has no idea of what it feels like to ride with the wind?
First, the visuals: when a person rides, he does it on his own pace. Thus, he sees what he wants to see. Riding a bicycle is the nice balance of walking and riding a motorcycle. When you walk, you get to see everything up close and you are immersed into the environment. You get to see people, details and other things that an explorer wants in a place. If you go on a motorcycle, you might get too fast and miss out on certain details. So, to find that perfect balance in SEEING things around the area, cycling is the best for that visual treat for the open mind.
Cycling gives a person silence and “me” time. I say a prayer. I talk to myself. Riding is the check and balance of one’s life. Listen not only to the things from your ear, listen to your mind and heart as well.
You can ride with a group and it is always more fun when you go with friends. Imagine riding with close buddies whom you have been since young, and now you are riding off to a “new experience”. These add up to the bonding moments with your posse. As you ride some more, you get to meet like minded ride mates who share the same passions as you when it comes to cycling. It is a whole new culture and set of friends as you dwell deeper into the bike community.
BUT!!! there will be moments in your time of pedaling when you ask yourself, “why?!”
“Why am I doing this?”
But as you relax, enjoy the view and sit there contemplating about the ride, the feeling of awe from the experience settles in your pedal slapped body… you get that feeling.
Ahhhh… sarap! (that’s good!)
Pedal to Eat
Part of a bike ride is the stop over for food and beverage. Some prefer to bring their own baon, while some like to dine out. After a long ride, and energy is used up by the body, the gratification of a good meal and wonderful drink is a celebratory welcome for our body! If the food is simply an instant chicken noodle soup with egg, paired with meat loaf and ketchup, that would be the most delicious meal for you for the whole week. The hunger is different and the filling of the stomach and the taste of the food is exquisite (lahat masarap!). That prepared meal from the sari-sari store is incomparable to any other meal. The gratification of your stomach is quite a treat!
Eating is part of the ride. Is it the highlight? It plays a big part of the happiness and satisfaction of the whole event. It really does not matter what you eat, what is important is that it fuels our body for more riding time!
If the urge to ride is within, there are no competitions nor races in your bike life. You can join those events if your mate registered you already. If its a paid for ticket, why not enjoy the ride? I’ve been through a number of mountain bike events and I just went out there and enjoyed. I chose my best outfit and had a blast. I did my damn best! But of course, I wasn’t there to podium, I was there for the after finish drinks and party.
I signed up for biking to have fun. It’s a good way to exercise, so that’s a benefit. I also get from place to place with no effort. Another plus. Save the Earth by not adding to my carbon footprint? Check. The benefits outweigh the cons. I am not preaching for you to get on a bike. I am stating only the obvious.
LIVE LIFE WITH BALANCE.
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