This is a picture of my bike! I love my bike!
My husband gave it to me for an early Christmas present a few years ago. Those were my triathlon days. Good times! This is the same bike that I rode for the MS 150. I was suppose to only ride 50 miles and ended up riding 65 (alright, I got lost! Are you happy now?). The last 5 miles of the ride, my left leg gave out and I pumped with one leg the last stretch. Good times.
I am sad to say that I had a 2 year hiatus from my bike. BOOO!
I am happy to report that I am back on the bike and loving every minute of it. I love riding just for the sheer enjoyment of riding. Plus I am exercising and I am having a ball. This is very cool.
My favorite ride right now is over to the Oquirrh Mountain Temple. I ride my bike to the parking lot and then I rest for a few minutes. I love it! Yesterday I broke out into song "I am a Child of God." I was interupted by another bike rider who rode through the parking lot by me. My mind stopped, I finished the song and then I hopped on my bike to see if I could catch her.
I didn't. She dissapeared on me. HOT DOG!
So, I enjoyed the rest of my ride and chuckled as I thought about my thoughts as I ride my bike around the town. As a cyclist, when I am on my bike, all my senses have to be in full awareness. Even though I am a human body on a bike, according to the law, I am a vehicle. So I have to obey all rules of traffic and play with the cars. I have no protection or metal around me like my fellow playmates and so I have to be aware of everything around me by sight, sound, instinct or touch. I almost feel like a Super Hero with all of my keen awareness. Ha!
So here are a few of my random thoughts that many of us cyclists have on the road:
As a car is pulling out of a driveway or neighborhood - "Look at me!! Make eye contact with me so I know you will not hit me with your van!"
"I've been working on the rail road, all the live long day" As I drive over the TRAX lines.
"When I reach the top of this hill, that nice grassy spot is where I will fall over and die."
"If I crashed right now, who would come and pick me up? Brian's at work.......................maybe Kristen? Oh boy, I just better not crash."
"THERE IS A SPIDER ON MY HANDLE BARS!! FOR THE LOVE!"
"I am coming over, please do not hit me."
"IT'S A 3FT COURTESY DISTANCE!! YOU COULD HAVE KILLED ME!"
"Gravel! Gravel! GRAVEL!! Phew, I made it!"
Singing at the top of my lungs "I Know that My Redeemer Lives!"
"What a beautiful day. I live in a beautiful place!"
I am so thankful for this little bike of mine. It brings me great joy and I will always love to ride my bike!