May 18, 2013 Leave a comment
I couldn´t agree more with what this forum user commented at the English Forum Switzerland (comment below the picture) about enjoying cycling. However, I am the kind of cyclist who likes to push herself to the limit sometimes, I do love the adrenaline and rush, but I also have bike rides where I just do it for the fun of it. Cycling is my way of life. I train, cruise, shop, transport, etc. I enjoy cycling in all its forms and nothing, nothing about cycling is boring or worthless to me.
The better you become as a cyclist, the more extreme and expert you are, the fewer people will be able to understand your passion and attitude towards cycling, and you will find it harder to get others at your level, and you could become a lonely rider. Personally, I love lonely bike rides, because I get to spend time with myself, my thoughts, my feelings and my own world.
TBH I don’t find this kind of stuff inspirational anymore. If you are not a professional athlete then the ultimate reason for most people to do sport is fun. For a pro athlete it is their main source of income and therefore it’s their 9 to 5. It’s their job to suffer so that they can be 1/100th of a second faster than the other guy, or so that they can suffer for hours in an ultra endurance event.
For meer mortals who have a 9 to 5 job sport is our bail out. It’s what we look forward to during the days we spend in the office. It’s what we dream about at night. If you turn it into a superfast then it takes the fun away. Some people say they like the suffering, the testing their body to the limit or the feeling of achievement when they finish and that is fine when that’s what they really want… But WHY. Why would you want to spend 3 or 4 weeks suffering so much that you start to hallucinate or do an event where you feel so lonely that you wait for another person. If that’s the case do it with friends as a group ride, spread it out so that you don’t end up being so ed that you can enjoy the scenery rather than just spinning the pedals in a semi-zombie state.
I think the people who do this are addicts. No different to a drug addict or an alcoholic. It’s gone beyond healthy, in-fact, it’s downright bad for your body at that level and it’s not something I’d personally recommend to anyone.
We all have our personal challenges. We all dream about being better than we really are and aspire to be like the pros of a particular sport. But what is wrong with enjoying the sport for the sake of enjoyment. I love riding my bike. I love sitting on top of a hill and taking in the scenery, feeling how beautiful the world around me is. I love pinning it down endless single-track with my legs and lungs screaming and my brain trying to keep up and cope with the obstacles that keep presenting themselves before my front wheel. Occasionally I even like winding my way up to the top of these trails.
I absolutely hate the, I am going to challenge myself till my body can’t take anymore attitude. I hate riding with people like that. It takes the fun out of the sport for me. It actually has pretty much made me stop riding my road bike because this is the attitude of a lot of roadies.
Do sport for fun, because it’s what puts a smile on your face. Not to prove something. If you feel you need to prove something that you should have been something else.