I was talking to my niece who rides 1000+ miles a year. She said, I know I ride a fair amount, but I wish I was a cyclist like you. At first I wasn't sure what she meant, but in hindsight I think I am a cyclist. It has become a part of my sense of self. And, I think I know the general time frame of when this happened. I think I first thought of myself as a cyclist in the summer of 1978 when the guys wanted to go out and hit the bars one weekend, and I declined to do so, because I had planned to do a fifty mile ride on Sunday morning. It was at that point when I knew cycling was part of who I was.
So, if you are a cyclist, when did it happen to you?