It’s simply because it was there. Could this be the best reason for going for a bike ride? Let me explain….
On Monday I had a day’s annual leave from work. I was at home and working through a list of domestic chores, mostly gardening related and around the house. It was fantastic because it was such a warm sunny day and for lunch I decided on two things:
- I would have a healthy Compost sandwich. Now I know you’ll be curious what would go into the lovingly named Compost sandwich. It comprises of homemade bread, sprouted mung beans, tomatoes, cucumber, a spring onion and so on. This is mega-healthy in every way and the sprouted mung seeds bring low fat proteins in abundance. Less low fat was the mayonnaise binding it all together.
- I went for a bike ride, ending up on Dunstable Downs and found a nice spot to enjoy it. That was splendid. The English countryside at its best.
The point is, this was going for a bike ride purely for the joy of going for a bike ride. It was not a training ride, not a calorie burning ride, not commuting, not going from A to B or anything like that. Simply an “amble” in going for a nice leisurely ride, clocking up a few miles out in the beautiful countryside and taking time to enjoy the long grasses gently swaying in the breeze. Simple. Beautiful. Enjoying the summer. So worthwhile and simply because it was there.
This brings two questions:
- I wonder if those TdF cyclists ever do this? As professional cyclists, are they so focussed on performing to their maximum ability they never have the opportunity to have a simple leisurely bike ride? Or will they be sick of bikes once their training is done?
- What about you? If you’re a keen cyclist, do you make time for this kind of leisurely ride? Surely there must be a place for this kind of cycle ride? How often? Where to? What’s the nicest ride you’ve done like that?