May already, biking and buddies
Sunday, May 06, 2018
I sent this in part of an email to a SP friend:
"I used to think I was gonna die by age 65 so why bother. Dec 2015 I had an epiphany at work and wondered why did I have to die that soon? what if I made some changes and see what happens. What if I made QUALITY life a priority over food. What if I stopped "feeding" my emotions, took control over my food addictions and placed real faith in the God who loves me and has a purpose for me that I will never complete in the overweight unhealthy temple I created. I made some radical changes and saw radical results. God made good on His promises and I gave him my whole heart, mind, and soul. The journey is not over but I have never been so sure I will make it than today. I just rode another 10 miles tonight at an avg speed of 18 mph. The fastest I have ever done. It was a light sprinkle but I was dodging rain drops as I flew down the trail and nothing felt sweeter. No food tastes as good as "FAST" feels."
May has arrived and spring has finally shown up! I am apparently not the only one who thought Spring got lost and needed directions to Pennsylvania. I am so grateful for all the seasons but this year I seemed especially eager for decent weather. I have been biking for about 3 years now. I still love it and the more I ride the more amazed I am. The discovery of just what I am capable of is thrilling. I re-read that email this morning and understand it has been a process to turn me from a fat, tired, pain filled woman to an amateur athlete. The weight lost is incredible but also I have no pain from my osteoarthritis as long as I ride a couple days a week. More amazing is just how far I have come from riding literally for one minute, walking 15 minutes until I could sit again and repeating. I now ride 30 miles a day easily and I host beginner trail rides too. I told another friend I was now a bike addict and she corrected me and said "You are now an athlete!" I replied "ME? an Athlete??? Really???" Is this how athletes feel? When I ride I am filled with power and beauty and an endorphin rush that I simply haven't gotten from anything else. I also have bike buddies with like aspirations. People who I never would have met who cheer me on, answer my endless questions, and ride with me even when I am the slowest in the bunch. I never had camaraderie like this before and it is awesome. Cyclist are a different breed of people. I saw myself in profile on a screen to get "fitted" for my road bike. I was shocked at how I looked in tight clothing with fat rolls everywhere. I made the comment of "OMG! Is that how I look when riding my bike?" The guy doing my fitting replied, "There are all kinds of riders. It doesn't matter what you look like riding. Just get out there and ride. Enjoy your own journey and don't rush where it takes you." I have never received any disparaging remarks from any other cyclist. Bike buddies support each other in only the most positive of ways. Complete strangers meet up, go for a ride and are instant friends. It is a truly remarkable thing. One day, I will have the body typical athletes have. For now I am focused on the enjoyment of riding and marveling as my skills improve.