Thanks to everyone for taking the time to remind me, in your own words, about all the wonderful things about the sport of cycling and why we love it.
Your posts not only cheered me up, but they gave me a whole handful of new things to add to the list of reasons that I love cycling:
First is the people. I have found that the people involved in the world of cycling - whether it be professional riders and coaches, shop owners, hard core amateurs who clock in hundreds of miles a week, the weekend rider who just tools around with the kids on the local bike path, or the people that read and post on cycling blogs - are some of the warmest and friendliest people in the world. When you love riding bikes you find yourself immediately welcomed into one of the best clubs around and you can make new friends and learn new things wherever you go because of that connection. That's got to be one of the best things about cycling.
The second was inspired by pommi. Congrats on finishing your first Century - that is amazing! We're all so proud! Is there any feeling out there like setting a giant goal for yourself like a Century ride and achieving it? And how often has the sport of cycling allowed all of us - no matter how large or small our goal - to have that feeling? That's number two.
Theresa gave me the third with her regular updates on her boy Brad Huff. Watching a new, young rider dedicate themselves to the sport with hours and hours of training and a focused dedication, and then following them as they enjoy the success that they have worked so hard to achieve is something that never fails to inspire me to work a little hard and dedicate myself a little more to the things I'm persuing in my own life.
Great posts on your blog Julie - you make me want to stick my copy of Hell on Wheels into the DVD player tonight. And you and Paul reminded me about number four and that is the feeling - the euphoria - that comes over you during a great bike ride. When the sun is shining and the wind is warm and the road is smooth and you smell the fresh air and you're flying down a hill and every other thought or worry in the world is left back at the top and you're just free.
Thanks again everyone. Now I remember why I love cycling.
And come on, now that Amy's doping there's really no point in stressing about that stuff any more is there? ;)