Life Is Like Singletrack

Singletrack.

Some sections of singletrack are easy, some are hard. Some trail has smooth fast sections that you rocket through with more smile than effort. Some trail is uphill or riddled with obstacles making it feel slow and tough.There’s that rock garden you want to clear or drop you want to take, often requiring lots of falls before you achieve what you want. There’s that big ride you plan but requires you invest extra saddle time. Some rides are looked back on as high points, like riding a bucket list trail or a big race you’ve been working towards. Some rides are routine and while not memorable or important, they are the substance that ties you until the next high point.

Life seems so similar.

Some sections of life are easy, some are hard. Sometimes life has smooth fast sections that you rocket through with more smile than effort. Sometimes life can feel like it’s an uphill struggle or riddled with obstacles making it feel slow and tough. There’s that trait or habit that you strive to improve upon as a person, often requiring lots of attempts at change before you achieve what you want. There’s that project or task at work you want to succeed in but requires you invest extra office hours away from your family. Some moments in life are looked back on as high points, like finding a person you love more than words or the birth of your daughter. Some days are routine and while not memorable or important, they are the substance that ties you until the next high point.

To me, the most important trait both life and singletrack share is that they continue. There’s another bend coming up, and around that corner is more. What you do with that next opportunity is the beautiful part.

– Cycles In Life

 

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Today On A Bike

Hairy legs, no fitness, and smiles in the sunshine. I rode Northshore Sunday and had a good time. Early season feels. It’s still a little weird to be riding in shorts and a jersey in January but 65┬║ and sunny is easy to get used to.

It’s fun to see how trails weather over winter, some lines becoming easier, some harder. Erosion, moved rocks, downed trees. It’s like getting to talk to a good friend after not seeing them for a while.

The Epic continues to be a great bike. I enjoy it. The ability to carry two bottles and all the needed things like tubes on the bike are freeing. No pockets full of stuff. Jump on the bike and have a great time. The tires do surprisingly well in the rocks. I’m considering a stealth dropper post though.

I’m figuring out what weekly rides I want to start attending. I think I’m going to aim for the Tuesday and Thursday Pop Rides, but opt for the B group to avoid the recklessness and unnecessary risk from measuring egos in dangerous ways on a group ride. I know I want to also ride the Wednesday McKinney Velo ride too, I like that ride a lot. Great people and great country roads.

Mid February I’m joining one of my best friends who is coming from Illinois on a Southern tour for a few days. We may check out Arkansas, and in Texas area Dallas, Austin, and Big Bend for the mountain bike festival. The plans are loose but I’m sure we’ll have a good time. I hope we have good weather.

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