One year ago today I decided that winter was officially over and I took my bike out for a ride…
I haven’t stopped riding since. In my first year of year-round biking and living car-free I clocked over 3,000 commuting miles and more than 4,000 miles altogether. I have learned and grown so much this year, it has been by far the best year of my life.
So what has 4,000+ miles in the saddle taught me?
Here are just a few things.
-I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength
-I am more powerful and brave than I thought possible
-Living an active lifestyle, aside from its health benefits, is fulfilling and just plain fun
-It is possible to be healthier even without changing how I eat (Not saying that I shouldn’t eat healthier in the future though…)
-Beauty is everywhere
-A slower, simpler life doesn’t mean a less exciting life
-Adventure is out there and riding a bicycle is the perfect way to find it
-The journey is often more exciting than the destination
-To never live a certain way just to satisfy “cultural norms”
-I have so much to learn about cycling
-I have so much to learn about bike mechanics and maintenance
-Skunks rule the night