Get Ready For Your First Bike Ride
As we start to move into Fall, the days can be a bit cooler, and the mornings can be downright cold. It takes a little more motivation not only to get out of bed, but to put on an extra layer, cap and gloves before you even turn over the pedals and get out on your first bike ride.
Today is the 25th day in a row that I have been on my bike. 31 will be my all time record. While I am excited about that, it is not the point.
This has been an incredible week. It started off really bad, a topic for another post. I came to two important realizations this week. I feel like I am finally contributing and helping others.
I reached a personal goal of getting down to my ideal weight. This was my first realization of the week. Men my age, particularly black men, have a difficult time controlling their weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I have been able to accomplish this through controlling my diet and being consistent with exercise and riding my bike.
you see, I have been beating myself up these past few weeks because all I felt I have accomplished is going out for a bike ride. And then I realized that this is the point. Through going out for a bike ride, I have created a practice around helping others get out and enjoy bike riding. This was my second realization of the week. I have three clients so far and I am actively seeking more people to help.
There are so many reasons why I love to bike. Being outside in the fresh air, the rhythm of pedaling, the sense of accomplishment, knowing I am doing something healthy for myself, are all just a few of the reasons I bike. This is what I want to give to others. How do you feel? Do you want to get into cycling, but have no idea where to begin? Do you want to buy a bike, but have no idea how much to spend. There are great deals on used bikes, but what are you looking at? Is it really what you need?
My clients all have different reasons for riding. My first client is simply trying to live a healthier lifestyle. Biking is his primary means of commuting and transportation, and cycling may be his conduit to connecting with himself. My second client is simply trying to get into road biking. He used to do a lot of mountain biking and now would like to do more road biking. It can be something that he and his father can do together. The third client is choosing to ride to give herself some quality alone time. A way to be active while enjoying the outdoors.
So my challenge to myself it to help more people. Create a place where I can help motivate more busy people to be active and get on their bikes. Find new ways to get my story and message out there and find new ways to help as many people as possible. How can I best serve you?