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    Bicycle is free psychotherapy.

    Well, not exactly free, but after the initial outlay for equipment...

    ....getting divorced at age 57, leaving my 13-year-old son behind, going from a big, comfortable two-story house to sharing a small condo with a neurotic roommate I found on Craigslist. At work, being micromanaged to death by managers who were in kindergarten when I started in the industry.

    Bicycle doesn't care about any of that. Bicycle is always ready. I get on and ride, ride ride. As the miles pass by, all the toxins from my body and mind are swept away. I come home feeling renewed and refreshed.

    That's why I ride, that's how I roll....

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    Good for you for remaining centered during a tough time. Cycling is great for cleaning out the mind.

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    Finding a pressure relief valve that is also healthy is wonderful.

    Cycling can be the doorway to sanity as can walking, jogging or running. Adding one or more of the latter during inclement days is easier on equipment.

    Best of luck.

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    +2. Good for you on turning to something healthy rather than a vice.
    "The older you do get, the more rules they're gonna try to get you to follow. You just gotta keep livin', man, L-I-V-I-N." - Wooderson

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
    Good for you for remaining centered during a tough time. Cycling is great for cleaning out the mind.
    And luckily not as efficient as lawyers in clearing out the bank account...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RIRview View Post
    Bicycle doesn't care about any of that. Bicycle is always ready. I get on and ride, ride ride. As the miles pass by, all the toxins from my body and mind are swept away. I come home feeling renewed and refreshed.

    That's why I ride, that's how I roll....
    Hell yes!

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    For. Real.

    What am I taking about, haven't ridden in almost a week.

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    I feel you man. Waiting for this lovely state to finalize my divorce. Riding is usually a good way to blow off steam and pent up emotions and tune it all out. Luckily I get my kids 50% of the time.

    I am heading out in a couple hours for a 22 mile group ride in fact.

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    That is exactly the right attitude. I also find that I sleep better, eat less, and have a better mood most of the time, although I was already a cool cucumber!
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    Glad you have a healthy outlet and coping strategy in cycling. Please don't be fooled that it will solve all your issues if you have things to work through. It can give you the space and peace of mind to help you work through your troubles though. Best wishes and keep the rubber side down!

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    Sorry about your tough stretch, @RIRview.

    Cycling and music are two things that keep me sane, relatively speaking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
    Sorry about your tough stretch, @RIRview.

    Cycling and music are two things that keep me sane, relatively speaking.

    I play guitar, which is also a great stress reliever. Once you concentrate on the music, everything else becomes secondary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RIRview View Post
    I play guitar, which is also a great stress reliever. Once you concentrate on the music, everything else becomes secondary.
    We need to introduce you to pcad. He rides bikes and plays guitar too. He is legendary.

    Agree that riding is good therapy and better than drugs etc.
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    Sorry to hear about your troubles and glad you found a coping and re-centering strategy with cycling. I often call cycling my meditation and relaxation; not relaxation for my body but for my mind. Hope everything sorts itself out for you.

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    I hear you. My stresses are different than yours, but I also feel that cycling is much better than alcohol or therapy for dealing with anxiety and/or depression. Weight loss just accelerates those psychological benefits.
    My Strava profile page: http://www.strava.com/athletes/1299605

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    Quote Originally Posted by jschlarb View Post
    I hear you. My stresses are different than yours, but I also feel that cycling is much better than alcohol or therapy for dealing with anxiety and/or depression. Weight loss just accelerates those psychological benefits.
    Its an escape, but i often wonder if it not just another symptom cleaning solution. I often find that some of who cycle alot are running away from problems. It just becomes a healthy addiction.

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    Bicycling can be a great, healthy way to create endorphins.... but it's more than that. I find real joy in cycling. The sweat, feelings of accomplishment, exhaustion, and endorphins.... are just an extra.

    Wife's and houses come and go and.... return again. Careers get set back and side tracked regularly. Just keep spinning... things always get better.

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    Couldn't agree more. I've been lazy this year but to get off the couch, I've been commuting on my road bike. What a great relief it is to get back on the bike.

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    agree with everyone in here. i have anxiety attacks that come on... and i've learned that immediately riding helps quite a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urymoto View Post
    Its an escape, but i often wonder if it not just another symptom cleaning solution. I often find that some of who cycle alot are running away from problems. It just becomes a healthy addiction.
    Cycling gives me time alone to think through my problems, and there's an undeniable link between exercise and relaxation. When I ride with 2-3 friends, our resting time often turns into a sort of group therapy. On a Monday recovery ride, my buddy and I usually talk through the whole ride. Sure, it's best to deal with real problems head-on if you can. But some problems can only be coped with, never "fixed". The IBS I've been dealing with for the past year has gotten much, much better since riding seriously these last few months.
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    If I had been riding when I got divorced,
    might have avoided the sciatica that left a bit of long term effect.

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    It's amazing what scenery is so close to home, just the other day i find this nice hilly suburban area with excellent views of the San Gabriel Valley, even passed by some place that was supposedly a "castle" and it turned out some famous person used to live there (until they murdered someone) It really is like a whole 'nother world
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    Quote Originally Posted by RIRview View Post
    Well, not exactly free, but after the initial outlay for equipment...

    ....getting divorced at age 57, leaving my 13-year-old son behind, going from a big, comfortable two-story house to sharing a small condo with a neurotic roommate I found on Craigslist. At work, being micromanaged to death by managers who were in kindergarten when I started in the industry.

    Bicycle doesn't care about any of that. Bicycle is always ready. I get on and ride, ride ride. As the miles pass by, all the toxins from my body and mind are swept away. I come home feeling renewed and refreshed.

    That's why I ride, that's how I roll....
    I'd wouldn't exactly call it free as I always seem to find new ways to spend money on bike stuff (tires, tubes, wheels, clothes, etc) but it is great that you found an outlet to help get you through the tough times.

    Here's to many more happy miles of riding

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    Quote Originally Posted by datlas View Post
    We need to introduce you to pcad. He rides bikes and plays guitar too. He is legendary in his own mind.
    fify



    I agree on the psychological benefits from cycling... it keeps me off the roof.

    Conversely, it can be it's own pathology and develop into obsessions with things like weight, shaving, colour coordination issues, chamois butter, and cat 6 racing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RIRview View Post
    Well, not exactly free, but after the initial outlay for equipment...

    ....getting divorced at age 57, leaving my 13-year-old son behind, going from a big, comfortable two-story house to sharing a small condo with a neurotic roommate I found on Craigslist. At work, being micromanaged to death by managers who were in kindergarten when I started in the industry.

    Bicycle doesn't care about any of that. Bicycle is always ready. I get on and ride, ride ride. As the miles pass by, all the toxins from my body and mind are swept away. I come home feeling renewed and refreshed.

    That's why I ride, that's how I roll....

    that depends on what type of bike you have and how many Strava KOMs you have


    Like you brother, when I am out riding all of my troubles seem to go away. The other day I was riding by some marsh lands at sunrise and I noticed a flock of ducks on the water. I actually thought about calling in sick and just watching those ducks all day. The serenity was just so unbelievable.

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