Like many, I think almost nonstop these days about our global health crisis and all that goes with it. For a guy who’s addicted to thinking about as many things as possible in the course of a day, that’s frustrating. I’ve been trying to think about other things, but I’m struggling.
My bike time — this 2-hour escape hatch I fall through each day is when I open any one of a thousand doors in my mind, and go down any one of a thousand rabbit holes, leading to a thousand more still. It’s free association at an 80 rpm’s and 15 miles-per-hour and I never know where my thoughts will end up.
As I pedal lately though, I’ve been stuck thinking about the same things everyone else seems to be — masks, hand sanitizer, finances, divisiveness, protocols and boundaries, etc.
When I’m riding down Fallbrook’s beautiful Rice Canyon and should otherwise be reflecting on the tie-dye dress my daughter wore in kindergarten or first kisses with a freckled-face girl, I’m now asking myself banal questions like…
Am I cleaning off my groceries the right way…?
Am I going to kill my mother by breathing on her…?
Do the neighbors think I’m a dick because I won’t walk across the street to say hello anymore…?
Is using hand sanitizer on my plastic gloves good enough to clean them…?
How many of my clients will be willing to wear a mask when they workout with me in the future — will they workout with me in the future…?
Is this country ever going to heal…?
Of course these questions are worthy of consideration, but I get on my bike to escape this type of mundane thinking, not to fine-tune it.
Part of the joy in writing here each week, and each morning on my Spoke And Word Facebook page, is that I get to share what goes on in the mind of a guy who spends two hours a day on a bike, and how how varied those thoughts might be.
Most everything I want to write these days goes something like this…
Hello world. Today I rode a bike and spent the entire two hours convincing myself not to put a Glock in my mouth. Success! Stay tuned, I’ll be back tomorrow with more…
This is what I think about when I ride… Jhciacb
This Week By The Numbers…
Bikes Ridden: 7
15.5 mph avg
12 hours 54 minutes seat time
Whether you ride a bike or not, thank you for taking the time to ride along with me today. If you haven’t already, please scroll up and subscribe. If you like what you read, give it a like and a share. If not, just keep scrollin’. Oh, and there’s this from Concrete Blonde. Enjoy…