Today marks the 365th day of riding every day. Yes, every day since April l last year.
On the worst day of the ice storm in January, I rode inside—a kitchen, dining room, living room loop.
I didn’t set out to ride every day, but after riding all of April, then May last year, I was all in.
As the “anniversary date” approached this week I got more and more nervous. All the risks of riding were put through an amplifier. A car door could open suddenly, a cyclist could whiz through a stop sign, a pothole could swallow my wheel, a pickup’s mirror could wipe me out.
In an abundance of caution yesterday I actually skipped doing some errands in favor of heading to the safe zone of home so I could ride today.
So it was fortuitous that bro and I had coffee with Jonathan Maus earlier this week. He’s the creator, publisher and editor of BikePortland.
I asked him what he worries about most when riding.
On his bike he says he acts like a secret service agent. Vigilant. Constantly assessing vehicles and road conditions to assess their threat levels. Filtering out non-threats, but zeroing in on potential risks.
Such a helpful metaphor.
To roll out of the driveway is to ride into threats and risk. This is not news; I’m just more aware of it now.
BTW, had a great ride today–77 miles with gorgeous weather. Longest ride in the past year.
Will I continue riding daily? Probably, but without the pressure to hit a goal.