Monday, August 20, 2012

Bike Chi, flushing baggage

The Strava App ought to have a 'Fun Factor' index built into it.  If they did I'm pretty sure my ride on Saturday with Brad Warren  (aka v-neck) would show some mighty intimidating stats.  So to you Strava whores out there, here's what our numbers said. 

Goal, Mind dump & lactate flush
Total Time,  8 hrs 
Saddle Time,  5:30 hrs
Speed Rolling Ave,  13.4 mph
Normalized Watts,  51
Cafe Stop's,  4
Friend contacts (in ride),  3
Protracted cafe & friend time,  2:30 hrs  
Scaled Fun (1-10),  9.375

"My my, those stats sure look inefficient" you say?  But I beg to differ.  You see my friend, riding a bicycle isn't just about staying fit and fast, racing with war paint, tan lines and building a great bod, surely it's not.

Its about many, many other things.  Things that matter more, like the space to dump your minds weight and room to pour life into your lungs and essence into your heart.  It's about grit in your eyes, rain in your ear and a bug in your teeth.  It's about riding a traversing kaleidoscope of access away from things and toward things.  It's about holding control in your own two hands and an epic freedom found in a righteous tailwind.  And lastly it should be about friends, 'true' friends that gift texture, fabric and meaning into a mutual journey.

Ride Studio Cafe, Lexington, MA 
Everyone has situations that challenge friendships.  I had one recently and have thought a lot about it and I've landed on a couple things I want to affirm.  First of all,  life, love and death all happen and we do what we must because the heart wants what the heart wants.

Secondly, we roll this pilgrim's journey together with quandary attachments. Sadly, these can be friends that are not in a place they want to be. Too often times it's the asphyxiation of choices that compromise and take away the sweet nectar of life and fear that prevent them from doing for themselves what their content soul requires.  Resentment builds and eventually it stains the happiness of everyone around them because its all they know, all they have to give and because Misery loves company.

A 3 foot mechanical puppet sired by George Lucas once said 'Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering'.  Excluding his fictionalization, Yoda the Jedi was universally right. There are many layers in these things and to ignore them is to discard everything lastingly positive.  If you fear following your true heart you will suffer and eventually so will everyone else around you.  It's a certainly.  I often think about this.

Peace and roll strong.


  1. Love this Skip... Printing and putting a copy into my book of inspiration and "words to live by".

  2. “Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.” - Henry Van Dyke