Yesterday's ride with the bike club was the 2nd of the season. We were riding to our local Maple Festival. No matter that the only thing to do at a Maple Festival is to slather pancakes with syrup and snarf 'em down. I was armed with my trusty coupla apples! ;-)
But I was COLD! It was cloudy and 32. I had my long bike pants on, a short-sleeved t-shirt with a long-sleeved t-shirt over that. While waiting for the ride to start I was shivering and shaking all over. Others offered me extra layers, but I turned them down because 1) I hate to complicate my ride with what to DO with those extra layers when I warm up and 2) I figured all I had to do was get pedaling, HARD! ...and I would warm up plenty.
Which I did...off like a shot! Whizzed by everyone, with a rider catching up to me asking:
Where are you GOING!?!
I said: I'm COLD! I know this will warm me up!
But his question brought to mind Dave Matthews' song:
"Where you are, is where I want to be..."
Leading me back to thoughts of my dearest wife, my Wind Beneath My Wings, here is a version I play on my guitar:
(hope it works, sharing from my OneDrive)
She doesn't have to be by my side while I'm out cycling, I hold her essence in my heart.
Returning to my road cycling woke up a part of me that lies dormant through the colder, dark months: a meditative meandering of gratitude and heightened awareness of the bird songs around me and deep appreciation for my body which responds so well to my care and acceptance of my limitations. Yes I zoomed ahead for the first half of the ride and duly warmed up, but on the return of the loop I slowed down, as a body out of shape does. Radiating loving kindness toward myself and outward toward the world.
That is the way of life. I know I'll build my stamina and endurance in time.
To Everything There Is A Season...
Later in the afternoon, meditating on our back porch with the sun lowering to the horizon
Find your SPARK & Celebrate It For All You're WORTH!