It doesn’t matter how many miles I ride or how fast I go. Just being out there is exhilarating. I usually ride on my own, solo, for hours on end. So, some of the most common questions I get are; “What goes through your head while you are riding?” “What do you think about?” “Don’t you get bored?”
I really don’t get bored. I’ve even ridden the same 4-mile or 9-mile loops over and over and it doesn’t bore me. I notice small changes happening throughout the day and think about how remarkable it is.
To give you a sense of what goes through my head, I tried to capture some thoughts as I was attempting my latest 24-hour challenge. Here goes…
- Here we go!
- Wow, it’s still pretty dark!
- It’s pretty cold. Glad I wore my long tights.
- I’m kinda liking this tail wind! Oh, wait. I’ll be going into the wind in about 10 minutes. Ugh!
- I love watching the sun rise.
- Why would you be laying on a bike/walking path, in dark clothing, doing yoga?!
- Oh good, the organized century riders are out on the road, not on this bike path!
- Hmm. I’m getting a little hungry.
- Good morning! (Said to another rider.)
- 32 miles. Not too bad.
- There go more riders. Must be the metric century start.
- This is like deja vu!
- This banana tastes really good!
- Nice to see some friends out!
- Hi Kathy.
- Hi Penni.
- Well crud. They are having the family fun ride of 12 miles go right along the bike path with me.
- Should I jump out onto the road for a couple of hours?
- This head wind out of the North is going to wear me down today!
- I think I’ll have a PBJ.
- Ahh! Water. Time for re-fills.
- It’s getting warm. Maybe I’ll dump my jacket after this lap.
- No. You know if you’re thinking of taking your jacket off, go another hour.
- On your left! No, your OTHER left! OMG!
- OK – dumping the jacket.
- Can’t wait for this “organized” ride to be done.
- I think I’ve seen that person before. They must be doing some laps too.
- I shouldn’t be riding by that restaurant all day. It smells really good.
- It’s a beautiful day, except for the wind!
- I hate the wind!
- How should I set up my activity tracker (for work).
- Hey! That’s Aaron Comfort Dog! Hi Aaron!
- At least the wind is calming down.
- On your left!
- People need to pay attention while they are riding!
- I wonder how many bottles of wine that vineyard produces.
- I love the smell of crush!
- Really? That restaurant is smoking meat? Yum!
- 100 miles down. I’ve got to stop stopping and chatting!
- I can do this. My bottom isn’t even sore.
- My quads are a bit tight. I think I’ll stop and stretch after this lap.
- Hi Andie! Thanks for riding with me!
- Wow! I can’t believe she’s doing this, and she’s 7 months pregnant! I don’t think I could have done this.
- I miss Miss A. I hope she’s enjoying Rwanda.
- This pizza tastes really good. Thanks Andie! Better not eat a lot. I’ve got many miles to go.
- Getting Dark!
- Time to put my high vis on.
- Pick up the speed!
- Hey! Yo! (Yelled at truck speeding into my path from across the road)
- It gets chilly when the sun goes down.
- Maybe I need my over gloves again – hands are a little cold.
- Huh! Not a soul out here, but me.
- I kinda like this solitude.
You get the idea. I think about what’s out there visually. I think about what other people are doing and why they are in my way (LOL). I think about things I need to do at work. I think about my family. I think about how I feel in the moment. And, all day long, different songs go through my head. For me, things I see, smell, hear, or think about, trigger songs – mostly oldies (My goodness! When did songs from the 80’s become oldies!) or ones I listen to on K-Love.
With that said, my song of the day: