If it isn’t the competitiveness, fitness, or the family-like sense of community, then the very least that cycling can provide you with is some quality “me-time”. There’s something very meditative about pedalling through the miles, and taking each stroke in our stride.
However, this me-time sense of self awareness doesn’t always come with an off-switch. So the flood gates open and your mind races through all sorts of bizarre, wonderful and paranoid thoughts.
Whether you’re out on a group ride, or you’re out on a solo session, your brain will churn out some classics. And here’s our favourites…
At the start of the ride…
– Is my Garmin recording? If it’s not on Strava, it didn’t happen. This means you start, pause and start your Garmin just to make sure it’s on, and recording every heartbeat and metre cycled.
– Will I be too hot/cold? We live in a country where the weather can change at the snap of your fingers. Will you get caught in a shower, or swelter in your long-sleeve base layer?
– Do I match? If you could pass off as the 6th Power Ranger, you’re ready to go.
– Do I have to pee? Probably, now you’ve thought about it.
– Have I got everything? Probably not, but sod it. Either you aren’t going far, or you have a group to mooch off of if something happens.
– Can I really be bothered? As much as you love cycling, getting started is often the hardest part of any ride.