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.

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