Saturday, April 2, 2011

30 Days of Biking: Day 1

Glad to be Biking!
Written on Friday.

Having already worked over 50 hours this week (and the week isn't over yet), I was scrambling to get my gear together and get out into the woods for the first day of the 30 Days of Biking challenge.

"Great, yet another thing on my to-do list: ride my bike every day for 30 days. Why did I think this was a good idea?"

Eventually I finished loading the bike onto the back of the truck, and I headed for the hills.

I unloaded my rig, threw all of my gear on, and took off at a dead sprint. The frustration and stress from a long week of deadlines and emergencies compounded with the fact that I hadn't pushed a pedal in over a week awoke a frenzied rage within me, and I sprinted through the trees, up and down the hills, for 15 minutes.

And then I stopped.

Mountain biking may indeed by the most therapeutic activity that I have ever taken part in. I was able to channel all of that frustration and stress and pent up energy straight through my body, and into the bike. Not only does the physical exertion and adrenaline a beautiful release, but the sweet solitude of the deep forest makes all of worries of life seem trivial and distant.

And then I kept riding, and I enjoyed that blissful afternoon ride out in the woods to its fullest!

Yeah, making time to bike today was definitely worthwhile! This 30 days of biking challenge has already been a blessing!

5 comments:

Michael April 2, 2011 at 9:38 AM  

Nothing more beautiful than dirt on your tires and a challenge ahead. Riding makes EVERYTHING better : )

Greg Heil April 2, 2011 at 10:24 AM  

@Christopher, thanks dude!
@Michael, So true!

AJ Heil April 2, 2011 at 11:28 PM  

So great to hear!! I completely agree with your mindset; Exercise is the way I release anxiety and become re-energized. Even when I don't feel like getting out and riding, practicing, or lifting weights I know that the payoff is rewarding. I'm always left satisfied and feeling more physically apt afterward.

Mountain biking is especially great.

AJ

Greg Heil April 3, 2011 at 8:58 AM  

You bet! Sometimes I have to force myself to get out, but once I'm out there, it feels so good!

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