early autumn ride
Bike 4 Bikes ride
20 mile route
along Long Island Sound on the return trip
a few steep climbs
meditating on metaphoric riding:
Patience – riding can seem boring, but it’s just a matter of keeping pedaling until you are done. There’s really no way to get out of it.
Self care – the ride is one long series of small adjustments to make oneself feel better.
Resistance – the most pleasurable pedaling requires the right measure of resistance. Pedals go around too fast when there’s not enough and too slow when there’s too much.
Mental training – I’ve learned to use a mantra – mostly just counting repetitively – when climbing hills.
Learning not to be afraid of heavy breathing.