FINALLY we are blessed with ideal weather in Dallas, low 60s to low 80s, minimal wind, sunshine following a day of moderate rain. Perfect. Yesterday my beloved, who is not a hardcore cyclist, suggested we do the loop around White Rock Lake. Of course, I jumped at the chance to take a ramble with her and had the bikes in the car before she could change her mind. A little treasure in the middle of the metro area, White Rock is a multiuse path with everyone from hard core roadies in full kit, to young mothers strolling with carriages, field trips of seniors (the REAL seniors) on walkers and folks on every kind of bike imaginable. Even though it was Monday morning I was still surprised to see so few people out taking advantage of the weather. On Saturdays and Sundays the trail is so packed it is almost like riding in rush hour traffic and can be quite intense, but yesterday it was mellow. People took the opportunity to look each other in the eyes and actually smile at each other, say hello and wave. Which brings me around to my point (occasionally I do have one). Since I was able to see faces for a change, I could read expressions and play armchair (bike seat?) psychologist. Now don't get me wrong, I didn't see anyone who looked unhappy. It was truly a day for bliss after the scorching summer we had. Everyone radiated pleasure, but I noticed there was one subgroup of the cyclists whose faces were rapturous, beaming with an inner light, and that was the people wobbling along the trail on old comfort cruisers, just taking in the scenery, enjoying the moment. Lately, I have found myself with the mindset of trying to go farther and faster than I have before, always wanting to push myself to a higher level of performance, tweaking that edge. I won't stop trying to improve my skills and fitness, but yesterday I was reminded of a different dimension I was in danger of forgetting. These bikes of ours really can translate "energy into joy", and yesterday I saw the least "serious" cyclists on the road doing just that. I slowed down and just savored the moment and felt my smile get even bigger. A perfect, joyous day.