Out early yesterday, a bit cold, and with a severe time-change hangover. Hard ride. Fun ride. When I got back I sat down on the sofa for just a minute to dry my face and take off my shoes, and I fell asleep for nearly an hour. When I woke up, I was starving. I dropped my mother off at the local Dollar Tree, walked four doors down and ate Thai food alone at Thai Thai. I had the #54 — The Vegetable Lover’s Delight, with extra tofu for protein.
I was thinking about Dale Webster yesterday while I was riding, but the truth is, I think about Dale Webster every day of my life, whether I’m riding, writing, praying, walking or doing anything ritualistically.
For about 15 minutes in 2003, Dale Webster became famous for something he worked over 40-years to accomplish. In Bruce Brown’s movie, Step Into Liquid, Brown dedicated a segment of the film to Webster’s quest to surf every day of his life, catching at least 3 waves per day, between the two Septembers in his lifetime which would each have (5) Sundays in them. The first of those two Septembers was in 1975.
Webster eventually fulfilled that objective in September of 2015 and surpassed it by a month, until kidney stone surgery kept him out of the water in October of 2015. Webster surfed every day of his life between those two Septembers, catching at least three waves per day, for 40-years.
In the movie, Webster offered the most striking sentence I’ve ever heard…
“Surfing is the ultimate spontaneous involvement in a natural medium…”
Though Dale Webster and I have never met, he’s been with me on every ride, hike, or workout since I first became aware of his story in an issue of Surfer’s Journal back in the early 1980s. He’s been with me for a couple of reasons…
One: I attempt to ride every day, at least 20-miles per day, and more when time permits. In 2018 I road 359 of the 365 days.
Two: Although pavement isn’t a natural medium, the “spontaneous involvement” of cycling is the hook for me.
Every ride is a little different. Each ride requires me to think and act quickly, and often to do so in an instant. Cars, objects in the road, and even pieces of broken truck tire flying through the air and past my head, require me to act quickly. Riding brings me joy and keeps me on my toes — simultaneously.
Not withstanding, the different hills, different routes I choosee, the different scenery, different conditions, and the joy I find each time I speed downhill at 40 or 50 miles per hour. And riding takes place outdoors, so pavement notwithstanding, I’m in somewhat of a natural medium.
More to the point though, Dale Webster should be the global poster child for consistency in anything — the worldwide ambassador of no excuses. He should be an inspiration to anyone, young or old, male or female, athletic or artistic, who wishes to accomplish any goal or activity requiring consistency.
I’m certain that had I not been familiar with Webster’s story for so much of my adult life, I probably would’ve skipped a lot more hikes, a lot more workouts, and a lot more rides. I’m not sure I would write every day, pray every day, or observe any of my other daily rituals, without Webster’s influence. Dale Webster is a name and a story we should all be more familiar with.
This is what I think about when I ride… Jhciacb
Bike: Bomer The Kreeps
16.4 mph avg
Yesterday’s earworm: Back Door Man, by Soul Asylum and Iggy Pop
6 thoughts on “Spontaneous Involvement And Being Consistently Consistent…”
Ron Hill is my Dale Webster https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/the-running-blog/2017/jan/31/ron-hill-running-19032-days-in-a-row-maybe-its-time-for-a-day-off He’s 80 and sadly suffers from dementia now but can still be seen walking a lap at least of his local parkrun on a regular basis.
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Thank you, Andy. I’ve never heard the story until right now. I love stuff like this. I think every snotty-nosed Highschooler should be made aware of stories like this. Thank you again!
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> Jhciacb posted: “Out early yesterday, a bit cold, and with a severe > time-change hangover. Hard ride. Fun ride. When I got back I sat down on > the sofa for just a minute to dry my face and take off my shoes, and I fell > asleep for nearly an hour. When I woke up, I was starvi” >
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I think we all would benefit from zazen (my expanded definition) in our lives like you have! Running has been mine.
Surfing is one of those special activities that I have long respected. Being raised in the Midwest, I never had the chance to learn it. I tried once several years ago, but a wave dislocated my shoulder. I put it back in on the beach with the help of a friend, but I decided at that point that surfing would have to wait until my next life.
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In a lot of ways, cycling has replaced surfing in my life. All the stereotypes about territorialism and aggressive behaviors between surfers, has never been more real than today. I haven’t been out in nearly a year, because I’m just not a combative personality. In a perfect world I would surf every day of my life, but perhaps that is in my retirement, so today it is the bike that I use to surf the highways…
Also, but who knows Doc, maybe you’ll get the desire again sometime and we can hit the surf together. The only question will be, my coast or yours?