Friday, November 07, 2008


I recently read an article in Bicycling (shhh, don't tell anyone) that talked about making Thanksgiving better by scheduling not one, but TWO rides that day. Of course, it's fairly obvious that adding a ride (or two) to any day would make it better. And the more rides, the better it gets! The surprising thing was their reasoning.

You see, when I think of Thanksgiving, the only downside I can think of is the combination of good, high-calorie food and my lack of will power. (Also, it's usually just the start of gorging that seems to continue until well after the New Year. (Don't even get me started about all the good food around at Christmas.)) Bicycling was talking about being around family and all the harassment that can come from it.

Personally, I don't have that on Thanksgiving (perhaps I just live too far away from my extended family), but I've never had a Thanksgiving like they describe. Either way, what they were suggesting was to use riding a bike as a way to clear your mind and allow the rhythm of pedaling to put perspective on things.

Forget Thanksgiving, this is applicable every day of your life. These days, it seems there's always something going on that has me troubled. I don't run away on my bike (especially not when I'm on the rollers), but I use it to think. Most of the time I can come up with answers to problems while riding, but sometimes it just gives me respite from troublesome issues.

Almost always, though, it's enough to give me the balance I need. I can live without cycling, but I live better with it.


Dave said...

"Most of the time I can come up with answers to problems while riding ... "

Absolutely! I wonder how universal this is? Darn nearly, I would guess.

I haven't quite developed the nerve to count ride time as billable hours, but I sure am tempted, considering the number of useful ideas that seem to emerge when I get away from my desk and into the saddle.

Jon said...

I think afternoon rides should be encouraged at work, to be honest!