First, let me state unequivocally that I have never taken performance enhancing drugs - steroids, growth supplements, Prozac or Viagra. I will, however, freely admit to using performance diminishing substances including alcohol, nicotine, THC (don't look it up, Mom), and deep-fried cheese curds. Those who know my actual athletic ability will vouch for the accuracy of this admission.
As readers of the Blue Skunk might remember, I'm a long time fan of bicycle riding. After a time on the saddle, one's thoughts tend to turn philosophical. Here are a few lessons learned from biking.
- It's usually uphill and against the wind. (Murphy's Law of Bicycling)
- Most big hills that look impossible are usually a series of small hills that are possible.
- I've never met a hill I couldn't walk up.
- It's better to shift to a lower gear than to stop altogether.
- Sometimes it's nice to be able to have equipment to blame things on.
- You really can't make your own weather.
- Coasting feels good, but you don't get much exercise doing it.
- A beer at the end of a long day of riding tastes better than a beer when just sitting around (or at breakfast, I'm guessing).
- Don't drink at lunch time and expect to enjoy the afternoon.
- Bike helmets are a sure sign that natural selection is still a force of nature.
- The five minutes putting air in your tires at the beginning of the day is time well spent.
- There will always be riders who are faster and slower than you are.
- Watching as old people zip by you should be encouraging, not discouraging.
- Too often we quit because our spirit fails, not our legs or lungs.
- Spouses who dress alike should not expect the rest of us to consider them normal human beings.
- Too much padding between you and a bike seat is impossible.
- The happiest people are the ones who understand that life should be a ride, not a race.
Hope you managed to find a little time this weekend to recreate!