My life changed on that spring morning in 2001 when I decided to race my bike. Everything is different today. Indeed, many aspects of my life continue to evolve because of my riding and racing. And while it’s possible that my priorities are wildly askew, the bike is now the centerpiece of everything that I do. Anytime I need to make an important decision, I ride my bike. Whenever I am considering any kind of significant change, I ride my bike. When I don’t know the answer, I ride my bike.
After I’ve ridden my bike, my mind is clear. And while answers may still prove elusive, I always feel better about my options after a ride. Any kind of ride will do; an hour on pavement through the neighborhood, or 5 hours of singletrack in the mountains can clear the mind and heart. It’s the simple rotation of the pedals and the singular focus of forward movement that matters. I don’t know how my life would be different today, had I never started racing my bike. But I do know that immeasurable good has come from that one decision, the decision to race my mountain back, way back in 2001.
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