Let’s face it, when you put in hours and hours of endurance training every week, you have to have things that make it fun or you would lose your motivation quickly. The teasing and jokes at masters between sets, the group rides with friends, the burn in your lungs running hard.
For me, biking took a long time to love. Essentially I’ve been on improperly sized and fitted bikes for all of my time biking - 4+ years – until last month. I will tell you, it’s NOT fun to always be dropped from the ride as you struggle to keep up. So how did I learn to love the bike? By appreciating the scenery and all the hidden gems I discover in “my own backyard” ie the area I grew up in and have lived in, on and off, for over 30 years.
Just today I found this zero-traffic, beautifully paved little side road in Palo Alto that avoids a big busy hill
Rolling through Arastradero Preserve outside Palo Alto
In the redwoods of Portola Valley
Seriously, how can you beat this?
Now, my biking has come a long way and I’ve learned other things to love – the thrill of going fast, the moments of keeping up with, and occasionally wearing down, the guys, the trust that my legs will deliver when I ask even though they are tired.
But I’ll always appreciate the view along the way.