Looking at my calendar right now, thinking there are basically four months of riding left before winter here in Massachusetts should be a ton of time to rack up some miles, races and a few more park days. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
It always seems to be what I am looking to fit into our schedule. Yeah, our schedule. See I have a family. Like a lot of us, getting married and reproducing was the plan. With working a Monday thru Friday job 8 to 5 makes it a challenge to get some riding in. Over the years I played golf, men’s league softball and indoor soccer. Even had a motorcycle for “commuting” for awhile. All of those are gone and I have been happy to make that change so I could/can get more seat time on my bike blasting through the woods.
No matter what day it is or which year it has been, it’s still work to get out and ride.
This past year is the first in a long time that I have seen a big jump in my ride time. With a late winter early spring downhill race in North Carolina I was doing shuttle runs in March and loved every moment. Backing this up with a scheduled three bike park trip with Spencer and Dave that has been talked about for years scheduled for June, this year is looking up. Arriving back from North Carolina and finding it getting colder and more snow put and end to the idea of more shuttle runs anytime soon and pedaling in the mud season here isn’t my idea of fun at all.
Spring arrived and a race that was scheduled early in the season is snowed out, cancelled. I still ride that day because I had organized my day to do so, sticking to the schedule. Balancing life and bike life can be a challenge. They both play a major part in the circle of happiness in my life. When things in my home life are great it makes getting out amazing. feeling like the cherry on top. When I was going through my divorce my ride time was a way to recharge my life and refocus on what is the important. Also, now if life gets busy a ride helps clean my head of the busy vibes and be in the moment.
Our three day bike trip was amazing. Hitting up Thunder Mountain and Mountain Creek. The weather was warm and dry. Being out with good friends and riding for days is truly a treat and we all try to enjoy the time to it’s fullest. All of use wish it didn’t take so long to make this happen. But it does sometimes take time to make time. There are moments to when it feels like a drug. The more I get of it, the more I want.
Here it is mid summer and it’s feeling like it will be a struggle to use up my remaining passes to the bike park looking at our schedule. I have book two races on the same day to help reach my goal of races completed for the season. Practice for the race will be a struggle do to work schedule and crazy summer rain season here in the northeast. My mindset for the race has to change a bit. Prepping my thoughts from race strategy to treating it like a day of riding due to the lack of seat time.
For me, life is at it’s best when work is done. The chores around the house are finished. The kids sports/activities are completed. Daylight is still shining down on my back and I’m pedaling my way through the trails and day dream of next time I will get to go ride to only church I have ever known; ride time.
There just isn’t enough time.